There are two shuttle lines. The first is in the park. It requires a ticket that must be purchased in advance only at recreation.gov (additional information below). It runs from the visitor center up the Scenic Drive to destinations like the Zion Lodge and trailheads, including Emerald Pools, Scout's Lookout, and Temple of Sinawava where hikers depart for the Narrows.
The second shuttle system is free and located in the Town of Springdale. Check locally to see if this shuttle is running on the day of your visit. The town shuttle is running through July 5th. Between July 6th and some time later in July the town shuttle will be out of service. It is anticipated to resume operation as soon as possible later in July for daily service, through at least Labor Day. It stops at 9 locations in town and picks up and drops off visitors at the park's pedestrian/bike entrance.
Zion National Park to begin Shuttle Bus OperationsNews Release
In 1997, visitation was 2.4 million and increasing. The shuttle system was established in 2000 to eliminate traffic and parking problems, protect vegetation, and restore tranquility to Zion Canyon. In 2017, park shuttles estimated more than 6.3 million riders.
When the Shuttle is in Operation
Parking is limited inside Zion, and all parking lots commonly fill early in the day. Paid parking is available in the town of Springdale. Map of Springdale Parking(2020 Season)
How To Use The Shuttle System
The Zion Canyon Shuttle connects the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to stops at five locations on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Zion Canyon Shuttle
Is the shuttle running in Springdale?
The town shuttle will run July 3rd - 5th, 2020 and then is anticipated to resume service in town later in July.
Are all the shuttle buses inside the park running the same route?
No. Two types of routes will be running, depending on where you are in the park and the time of day. Buses will be clearly marked for either route.
The Visitor Center route will pick up at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center starting at 6 am and drop off at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center all day until 8:48 pm. This is where you start and board the shuttle during your Shuttle Ticket time window (unless you have overnight reservations at Zion Lodge, see below).
The Circulator route will only circulate through the stops in Zion Canyon along the Scenic Drive and will not pick up passengers at the Temple of Sinawava. Look for signs at shuttle stops to indicate where to queue for each type of shuttle.
Initial boarding onto the shuttle takes place at the Visitor Center and at Zion Lodge for overnight guests with shuttle tickets. The Human History Museum, Canyon Junction, and Court of the Patriarchs shuttle stops are currently closed. Shuttles will NOT stop at any of these locations in either direction.
Can I get on and off at all the shuttle stops going up and down canyon?
No. The Circulator Route will only pick up and drop off from the shuttle stops on the right side of the shuttle. Stops you can get on and off going up canyon, or toward the Temple of Sinawava, are: Court of the Patriarchs, Zion Lodge and the Grotto. Stops you can get on and off going down canyon, or toward the Zion Canyon Visitor Center are: Big Bend and the Court of the Patriarchs. The Circulator Route will drop off but not pick up at the Temple of Sinawava.
The Visitor Center Route will stop at all stops going up and down the canyon as well as at the Visitor Center.
What are the hours the shuttle buses will run?
The shuttle will run 6 am to 8:48 pm.
What is the shuttle schedule?
The shuttle bus schedule can be found on the park’s website and at park shuttle stops. The first shuttle leaves the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 6 am. The last shuttle leaves the Temple of Sinawava at 8:15 pm. Do not wait until the last shuttle to leave Zion Canyon for the day. Due to limited seating, the shuttle is likely to be full by the time it reaches your stop and you will be out of luck.
What if I miss the last shuttle or the last shuttle is full? Don't wait too long to catch a shuttle out! It is a long walk back to your vehicle (up to 8 miles or more), and it will be dark out. Alternately, you can walk to the Zion Lodge (still a long walk in the dark!), where the Front Desk will have a list of companies that provide after-hours shuttle van rides. These rides are variable in price and may not be available at all times. Rangers will not give you a ride back to your vehicle.
How many people can ride each shuttle bus?
Due to COVID-19 public health guidelines, shuttles will be limited to 33 riders per shuttle. Standing will not be allowed because of COVID-19 physical distance spacing requirements.
Can I bring a bicycle on the shuttle?
Yes. No fat tire, fat or e-bikes will be allowed. You will need to be able to put your bike on the bike rack on the front of the shuttle yourself. The shuttle driver will not be able to assist you due to COVID-19 guidelines.
Can my child ride the shuttle for free?
If your child is 2 years of age or under and riding on an adult’s lap, they may ride the shuttle without a ticket and no fee will be charged.
Can I bring a stroller on the shuttle?
Yes. You will need to be able to put your stroller on the bike rack on the front of the shuttle yourself. The shuttle driver will not be able to assist you due to COVID-19 guidelines.
What if I have a handicap placard or tag?
To comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines, shuttle drivers are not allowed to assist riders with wheelchairs. A special permit for personal vehicle use can be obtained from the visitor center information desk during this time when wheelchairs cannot be allowed on shuttles. Use of personal vehicles is restricted to those individuals requiring additional vehicle supported medical devices. For more information seeAccessibility in Zion.
Can I bring my dog/cat/parrot/goat on the shuttle?
Pets are not allowed on the shuttle. Service animals are permitted. The 2010 revision to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a "service animal" as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
Dogs that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effects of a disability, including dogs that are used purely to provide comfort or emotional support ("therapy animals"), are considered pets.
Service animals in training and pets are subject to the park's pet regulations and are not allowed on shuttles or trails (except the Pa'rus Trail).
Can I drive up the Scenic Drive when the shuttle is not running?
No. The Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles during the summer and fall 2020 shuttle season. Only Zion Lodge and Canyon Trail Rides guests with reservations, passes or codes or those with Yellow Passes up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to designated parking.
What if I am staying overnight at the Zion Lodge?
Visitors with overnight reservations at the Zion Lodge are allowed to drive to the lodge to park in designated guest parking. Private vehicles are not allowed farther up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, so lodge guests wanting to access other trailheads (Grotto, Temple of Sinawava) will have to walk, or obtain shuttle tickets to board the shuttle at the lodge. Lodge guests wanting to visit Springdale should drive their private vehicles, as Springdale shuttles are not operating in 2020. .
What To Bring
For a day trip on the shuttle, you should take:
Water and Snacks
Walking Shoes and Map
Sun Protection like Sunscreen/Hat/Sunglasses
Camera or Binoculars
Flashlight or headlamp
Dress for the weather and bring everything you need for a day in the park.
Be sure to bring your Interagency Pass or park entry receipt for re-entry into the park.