Seasonal shuttle service, tenting availability introduced at Zion


SPRINGDALE, Utah – With the change of season, Zion National Park announced an adjusted shuttle service schedule and campsite availability.

Park officials encourage visitors to plan ahead if visiting the park during the fall and winter months.

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During the fall season, private vehicles will be able to enter Zion National Park beginning Monday, November 28. Visitors will be allowed to drive their vehicles on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive starting Monday. However, parking is limited and visitors should plan accordingly.

According to a press release, the road may be temporarily closed by the National Park Service when Zion Canyon parking lots fill up.

Park officials say the last day of fall shuttle service to the park and Springdale was Sunday.

Park officials say shuttle service in Zion Canyon and Springdale will resume for 10 days beginning Dec. 23. During these 10 days, private vehicles are not allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Shuttle service ends on January 1, 2023.

Once the 10-day shuttle service ends, private vehicles will be allowed back onto Zion Canyon Scenic Drive on January 2, 2023. Here, too, parking spaces are limited. Once the parking lot is full, the NSP can close the road.

The shuttle service will resume in spring. The exact dates will be announced by the NPS after the first of the year.

Autumn and winter camping

Watchman Campground is open 12 months of the year. And reservations are accepted up to six months in advance. To make a reservation, click here.

Reservations are also accepted by calling 877-444-6777. Park officials encourage visitors to plan ahead and make reservations before arriving at the park.

Lava Point Campground and South Campground are now closed for the fall and winter months.

Other things to consider

As you prepare for a trip to Zion, make sure you stay up to date with the latest information in the park.

In addition, the park is in the process of completing a drainage improvement project in the south entrance area. Park officials stress patience with visitors arriving or departing from the south. Officials say one lane into the park and one lane out of the park will be open during the work.

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