Zion National Park Shuttle Bus Service Starts Sun., March 3

Time to catch a ride on the Zion Canyon Shuttle System! Zion National Park is rolling out its shuttle bus service starting Sunday, March 3, 2024. As seasons change, so do the shuttle schedules, visitor center hours, and campground availability. Here’s everything you need to know to make your visit seamless.

2024 Shuttle Schedule for Zion:

NOTE: This schedule is subject to change, and the park will post up to date information at go.nps.gov/ZionShuttle.  

During shuttle operation periods, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is off-limits to personal vehicles, urging visitors to plan for limited parking. Overflow parking is available in Springdale, connecting you to the park via a free shuttle line. Entry into the park and shuttle rides are permit-free, but park entry fees apply.

Camping Info:

  • Watchman Campground: Open all year, with reservations available six months in advance at recreation.gov.
  • South and Lava Point Campgrounds: Closed, with Lava Point reopening expected late-May 2024. Reservations open two weeks prior to your visit.

Zion – Mt. Carmel Tunnel: Large vehicles need traffic control for safe passage, available until October 1 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Plan Ahead: If Zion’s campsites are full, explore nearby areas for accommodations and activities. Always respect local regulations and private property.

Visitor Center and Wilderness Permit Desk:

  • Zion Canyon Visitor Center: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with wilderness permits available for pick-up between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Kolob Canyons Visitor Center: Information and permit services available daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., though wilderness permits are currently only issued at Zion Canyon Visitor Center.

Special Notice for Climbers: Due to peregrine falcon nesting, certain climbing routes are temporarily closed from today, March 1, 2024. Check nps.gov/zion for seasonal climbing closure updates.

Visitor Tips:

  • Always have your park pass or receipt handy.
  • Plan for early or late visits to avoid peak times.
  • Follow Leave No Trace principles and respect wildlife and plant life in the park.

For the most current information and updates, visit nps.gov/zion and consider weekdays for a quieter visit. Stay safe and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Zion National Park!

Disclaimer:This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on March 1, 2024. You can read the original release here.

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