SPRINGDALE — Zion National Park will be testing mandatory shuttle service within the park starting Saturday and running through Dec. 31. Shuttle service will also be provided in the town of Springdale to help visitors make connections within the park and town, reducing vehicular traffic.
Shuttle operation is expected to help relieve parking and traffic congestion experienced in Zion Canyon during the busy holiday season in recent years. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive within the park will be closed to private vehicles and accessible via the shuttle system.
Shuttle buses will be departing the Zion National Park Visitor Center and going up the canyon to designated trailhead stops beginning at 8 a.m. Shuttles will be running approximately every 10 minutes during peak hours, with the last bus returning from the Temple of Sinawava (Stop 9) at 5:44 p.m.
The in-town Springdale shuttle services will run 8:10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Shuttles in town will be running every 15 minutes.
Visitors are urged to prepare for winter conditions during recreational pursuits in and around the park. Stormy winter weather or icy conditions could delay shuttle operations at any time. Visitors are reminded to prepare for winter driving conditions as they travel over the holiday season.