Zion Canyon Visitor Center parking lot project underway

SPRINGDALE – Visitors to Zion National Park should plan a little extra time when traveling near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center this week as crews complete a sealing project in the parking lot. The visitor center will remain open during the project, which is expected to be finished by Friday.

Work began Monday on the back half of the parking lot and is expected to be completed Wednesday. This half of the parking lot is near the new entrance, the old RV parking and the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park Public Information Officer Aly Baltrus said. Visitors can use the regular parking lot entrance, and fencing will keep visitors out of the construction zone.

Campers from Watchman will need to use the main road to get to the shuttles, and cannot cut across the work zone. Maintenance staff will be on hand to direct pedestrian traffic. This half of the lot is expected to remain closed until Wednesday morning at 6 a.m.

Work will begin on the second half of the parking lot Wednesday, and is expected to be completed Friday. During the project, the regular parking lot entrance will be closed, and visitors can use the new second entrance by the Watchman Campground kiosk.

One sidewalk will be open from the Watchman Campground to the visitor center. Maintenance staff will be on hand to help visitors navigate the construction and to help any visitors with special access needs across the construction zone while the handicapped parking spaces are closed.

During the repaving project, the visitor center road will be closed to casual traffic once the overflow lot and available visitor center lots are full. In addition, overnight parking in the main visitor center lot will not be permitted until the lot is finished. Visitors can still park overnight, but not camp, in the overflow lot during the project.

The entire project is expected to be completed Friday. Vehicles parked in work zones during the project will be towed.

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