With fall on the wane, and winter on the horizon, facility hours and shuttle services are changing at Zion National Park.
Sunday was the last day for the mandatory shuttle service on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and the shuttle service in Springdale, Utah. The park will be providing a voluntary shuttle service on the Scenic Drive on Saturdays and Sundays, through November. Shuttle service will also be offered on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, and Friday, November 23. All shuttle bus operations will end for the 2012 season on the evening of November 25.
During the voluntary shuttle service, visitors are encouraged to park at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and board a shuttle bus. Those who do not use the buses are asked to park only in designated parking places along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Do not block or obstruct the shuttle stops, access to the stops, or the main roadway. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced.
As in the mandatory shuttle season, 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. The buses will start running from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 10 a.m. The last bus will leave the Temple of Sinawava at 5:30 p.m., the Lodge at 5.44 p.m., and arrive at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 6 p.m. Shuttle service frequency will be approximately every 14 minutes. Round trips from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to the Temple of Sinawava will take about 70 minutes.
Through the coming months the Zion Canyon Visitor Center will remain open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Zion Human History Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.