With fall firmly in place, and the peak of summer visitation out of the way, the shuttle system at Zion National Park is winding down operations for the year.
That doesn't mean Zion isn't worth a visit these days. The park is enjoying striking fall colors, beautiful weather, and fewer crowds. On top of that, the park's Plein Air Art Invitational is set for November 4-11.
The mandatory park shuttles will run on weekends only November 2 through November 24 and also on November 28, 29, and 30, 2013 for the Thanksgiving traffic. Town shuttles will cease running on the evening of November 3. All shuttle bus operations will end for the 2013 season on the evening of November 30.
The buses start running from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 7 a.m. The last bus leaves the Temple of Sinawava at 5:45 p.m. Shuttles arrive at each stop about every 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, pets are not allowed.