Masks continue to be required when on the shuttle.
When The Shuttle Is In Operation
The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles during the shuttle season. The park is a large place and you can drive yourself on all open park roads except the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive during the shuttle season. Shuttle season is almost all year. Typically, shuttles are running March through November, weekends in February, and the last week in December. See the current and upcoming schedule below. Explore the map of the park to see other roads you can drive. If you would like to visit the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive before or after the shuttles are running each day, you may use a bicycle.
Zion Canyon Shuttle
How To Use The Shuttle System
The Zion Canyon Shuttle connects the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to stops at locations on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Shuttles leave every few minutes and are all the same, going to all shuttle stops on the route in both directions. You may get on and off at any shuttle stop, in either direction. The shuttle is free but masks are required. For most visitors, it is the best idea to start at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. If you are staying at the Zion Lodge, please begin by using the shuttle there. More details about the park shuttle, including open and closed shuttle stops, are featured on our Park Information Guide.
Download the Zion Canyon Shuttle Narration. Great for the non shuttle season visitor driving the Scenic Drive, those who cannot ride the shuttle, or for those who want to learn and visit Zion from the comfort of home. Just follow the link to take the tour offered on the park shuttle.
Zion Canyon Shuttle Frequently Asked Questions
No. Shuttles are free but masks are required to ride.
Mostly. The park shuttle will only stop at Big Bend in the down canyon direction. However, all visitors must exit the bus at the Temple of Sinawava (shuttle stop 9).
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.
Yes. No fat tire 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.
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.
From mid-February through late November access into Zion Canyon is by shuttle bus only. All shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible. Use of personal vehicles is restricted to those individuals requiring additional vehicle supported medical devices, those unable to ride the shuttle for medical reasons, or when the shuttle bus cannot accommodate the individual due to weight or size restrictions. The shuttle lift has a combined weight limit of 600 lbs and cannot accommodate chairs larger than 45" long or 25" wide. A special permit for personal vehicle use up-canyon must be obtained from the visitor center information desk.
2021 Update: To comply with COVID-19 public health distancing guidelines, shuttle drivers are not allowed to assist riders with wheelchairs. Visitors using a wheelchair may ride the shuttle but must be able to do so independently as drivers can only operate the lift and finish securing the chair. Alternately you may obtain a special permit for personal vehicle use on the Scenic Drive from the visitor center information desk. The narration that is played on the shuttle is available for download at Shuttle Narration - Zion National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) and can be used in private vehicles to provide interpretation of the Scenic Drive..
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.
No. The Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles during the shuttle season. Only Zion Lodge and Canyon Trail Rides guests with reservations (individuals will receive passes or codes when making reservations) are allowed up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to designated parking areas. Private vehicles are only allowed to drive the Scenic Drive during the non-shuttle season, usually January to mid-February.
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 board the shuttle at the lodge. Lodge guests wanting to visit Springdale should drive their private vehicles or plan on taking the park shuttle.
Springdale Shuttle Frequently Asked Questions
No, riding the shuttle is a free service provided by Zion National Park.
A bus should come by every 10-15 minutes. There are two buses that loop from Shuttle Stop 9 at Majestic View Lodge to Shuttle Stop 1 at the Zion Canyon Village (Zion pedestrian entrance) throughout the day. Each bus will complete 2-3 loops per hour.
Buses will only stop when there are passengers at the stop, waiting to board. If there is no one waiting, the shuttle will bypass the stop. Additionally, if the shuttle is full it will not stop to pick up more passengers until seats are open.
No, passengers will need to let the bus driver know at which stop they would like to be dropped off. Passengers can either inform the driver as they board or approach the stop.
The park entrance fee will be paid at the Pedestrian Entrance to the park after visitors deboard at Stop 1 (Zion Canyon Village).
To connect to the shuttle buses going up Zion Canyon, passengers must get off at the Zion Canyon Village stop and walk across the Pedestrian Entrance footbridge to the NPS Visitor Center inside the park.
There are 9 stops at various points between the Majestic View Lodge at the south end of town and Zion Canyon Village, at the north end of town, right outside of the park entrance.
Parking in Springdale is operated and enforced by the town of Springdale or local businesses. Those who park in Springdale and walk into the park will still need to pay the entrance fee upon entering the park.
Last updated: October 13, 2021