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Zion Canyon Shuttle
Zion Canyon Shuttle

For most of the year there are two shuttle routes. Both shuttles are free to ride. The Zion Canyon Line, or park shuttle, runs from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to destinations including the Zion Lodge and trailheads for hikes to Angels Landing, Emerald Pools, West Rim Trail, and the Narrows. Download our Information Guide or scroll lower on this page to see a map of the park shuttle route.

The Springdale Line, or town shuttle, provides service in the Town of Springdale. It stops at 9 locations in town and picks up and drops off visitors at the park's pedestrian/bike entrance at Zion Canyon Village.

Background
The National Park Service began operating shuttles in 2000 to reduce traffic and parking problems, protect vegetation, and restore tranquility to Zion Canyon. In 2017, park shuttles transported more than 6.3 million riders.

When The Shuttle Is In Operation

The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles when park shuttles are operating. The park is a large place and you can still drive yourself Utah State Route 9, the Kolob Terrace Road, and Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive when shuttles are running.

In most years, shuttles run from March through November, weekends in February and March, and the last week in December. You can learn about this year's schedule on this page. Take a look at our map of the park to see other roads where you can drive. If you would like to visit the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive without riding a shuttle, you can use a bicycle.

2022 Shuttle Schedule

Zion National Park resumed weekend operation of its free shuttles on President’s Day Weekend. Every year, the National Park Service (NPS) adjusts shuttle schedules and campground availability to reflect the seasons. Here is what you need to know to plan your visit this winter and spring:

  • You do not need a ticket or reservation to ride the park shuttle or enter the park.
  • During the shuttle season visitors cannot drive personal vehicles on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

Zion Canyon Shuttle

2022 Zion Canyon Shuttle Hours March 19 to May 21 May 22 to September 18
First shuttle leaves the Visitor Center 7 a.m. 6 a.m.
Last shuttle leaves the Visitor Center 5 p.m. 6 p.m.
Last shuttle out of the canyon from the Temple of Sinawava 7:15 p.m. 8:15 p.m.


During shuttle operations, the last shuttle will arrive back at the Visitor Center at around 45 minutes after it leaves the Temple of Sinawava. Do not wait until the last shuttle to leave Zion Canyon for the day. Due to limited capacity, the shuttle may be full by the time it reaches your stop and you will be out of luck.

Shuttle Service resumed in Springdale on March 19, 2022.

Springdale Shuttle

2022 Springdale Shuttle Hours March 19 to May 21 May 22 to September 18
First shuttle leaves the Majestic View Lodge (Stop 9) 8 a.m. 7 a.m.
Last shuttle leaves Zion Canyon Village (Stop 1) 8 p.m. 9 p.m.


In spring 2022, Zion National Park will post the schedule for shuttles running on and after May 22. Shuttles will run in Zion Canyon and Springdale throughout the summer and fall.

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. 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.

The Springdale shuttle operates in a similar way on the town route but is slightly less frequent. Shuttle Stop Map in the town of Springdale (PDF 0.9 MB)

Parking is limited inside Zion, and all parking lots fill early in the day. Paid Parking is available in the town of Springdale.

Our website contains additional Traffic and Travel Tips and you can tune your radio to 1610 AM for additional information when you arrive.

Please

  • No eating or smoking on the bus
  • Beverages other than water are not allowed
  • Pets are not allowed on the shuttle buses.

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.

 
Map identifying all 18 stops in Zion Canyon Shuttle System
Zion Canyon Shuttle System Map

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. 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.

Parking is limited inside Zion, and parking lots often fill early in the day. Paid Parking is available in the town of Springdale.

Learn more Traffic and Travel Tips before you arrive and tune your radio to 1610 AM for more information when you get to the park.

Rules of the road

Do you part to keep Zion National Park's shuttles clean. Remember:

  • No eating or smoking on the bus
  • Only capped bottles of water are allowed.
  • Pets are not allowed on the shuttle buses.

Shuttle Narration

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.

 

 

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.

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).

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.
To increase town shuttle system efficiency moving people inbound to the park, shuttles will not stop at outbound (west side of the road) town stops from 9:00am to 1:30pm. Shuttles will carry outbound town passengers from the Zion Village only during this timeframe.

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: May 22, 2022

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1 Zion Park Blvd.
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Springdale , UT 84767

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435-772-3256
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