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Zion National Park warns about heavy visitor load starting Saturday

Sign at Zion National Park. (KSNV File)

Spring break begins for many colleges and universities this week, which means higher than normal crowds are expected in Zion.

Park staff is anticipating conditions similar to last year’s spring break crowds, where parking inside the Park can fill up by 10 a.m., and shuttle bus lines at the visitor center can be as long as 45 minute wait times.

Road and side walk construction continues in Springdale, which means traffic congestion, and fewer parking options.

The park will provide a modified in-town shuttle service to help with getting Springdale visitors to the park. The in-town shuttle service will begin pick up service at 8:10 a.m. at the corner of Lion Boulevard and Winderland Lane (next to town hall), then continue on Winderland Lane, which loops back to SR 9 (Zion Boulevard).

The shuttle will then turn Left at State Route 9, heading north toward the park, and resume the normal stops back to Zion Canyon Village where visitors can access the pedestrian entrance into the park. This modified service will run every 15 to 20 minutes with the last shuttle leaving Zion Canyon Village back to town departing at 9 p.m.

Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh asks that “all visitors coming to the parkhave extra patience and vigilance, especially for the safety of others in town while construction continues along the roadways.”

The Zion Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning Saturday.

The Zion Human History Museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. with ranger led patio talks at 2 p.m. on the weekends, and at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on week days.

The Park shuttle service will begin service at the visitor center at 7 a.m. heading up canyon, with the last shuttle leaving the Temple of Sinawava (stop 9) at 8:15 p.m. heading back to the visitor center.

Please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/zion) for more details regarding park facilities, trails and help planning your trip to Zion.

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