Zion shuttle operations coming to a close

Shuttle service in Zion National Park and Springdale is coming to a close as Thanksgiving approaches, photo date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Zion National Park, St. George News

SPRINGDALE – Shuttle service in Springdale and Zion National Park is coming to a close for the season as bus hours are being reduced to weekends only now through Thanksgiving Day weekend, park officials said in a news release.

Both the Springdale Shuttle and Zion Canyon Shuttle lines will be operational to help with the Thanksgiving holiday traffic, which is expected to be significant.

All shuttle bus operations will end for the 2016 season on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 26.

Weekend service now consists of the following:

  • The Zion Canyon Shuttle buses will start running from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 7 a.m. The last bus will leave the Temple of Sinawava at 6:44 p.m.
  • The Springdale Shuttle will run Nov. 24-26. Shuttles will start from the Majestic View Lodge at 9:15 a.m. The last shuttle bus will leave the Zion Canyon Theatre at 7 p.m.

Shuttle service frequency should be less than 10 minutes. Round trips from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to the Temple of Sinawava will take about 70 minutes. There is no charge for riding the shuttle buses.

There are eight stops along the route and visitors may get on and off as many times as they want. Buses are fully accessible and pets are not allowed.

Visitors with Thankgiving dinner reservations at Zion Lodge will need to ride the shuttle. Additional shuttle service will be available for diners until 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 24.

On the days the shuttle buses are not running in Zion Canyon, private vehicles will be allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive until parking is full. There are approximately 400 parking spaces in Zion Canyon.

Visitors are encouraged to come early and should be prepared for the road to be closed once all designated parking spaces are occupied. Visitors with overnight reservations for Zion Lodge will not be affected.

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