Zion National Park, one of the most crowded and congested units of the National Park System in summer, one where visitors can spend an hour or more simply waiting to get into iconic Zion Canyon, will temporarily close public access on August 1 to allow for a professional bike race. What is the National Park Service thinking?
Zion National Park
National Park Service officials have agreed to temporarily close key access roads to Zion National Park in Utah to allow a stage of the Tour of Utah bike race to roll through the park in August, although the ceremonial ride will be largely out of public sight.
Imagine a 2.5-mile-long lake in Zion Canyon, one nearly 400 feet deep that shimmered in the canyon for roughly 700 years. It's hard to grasp, but even harder to envision is a mountainside peeling off the face of what is known today as the Sentinel in Zion National Park and filling the valley floor in seconds with 286 million cubic meters of rock and dirt.
How would you improve the visitor experience at Zion National Park in Utah? More rangers? Fewer visitors? With visitation to the park on an upward swing in recent years, park staff wants to know how best to welcome visitors while not trampling park resources and the park experience.
Repairs to retaining walls will necessitate that the Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion National Park in Utah be closed this summer.
Six years after National Park Service officials set aspirational goals to reduce plastic waste across the park system by installing water-filling stations for the public, the agency has fallen far short of its hopes.green_parks_strategic_plan_04.12.10.pdf
For the second year in a row the National Park System attracted a record number of visitations in 2015, with more than 306 million visitors counted, according to unofficial numbers released by the National Park Service.
Zion National Park's natural resources are being strained by development of inholdings and properties surrounding the park, its air quality is impaired by pollutants, and overcrowding is impacting the visitor experience, according to a "State of the Park" report issued this week.
Zion National Park, one of the most picturesque parks in the system, can appear overwhelming to someone with disabilities, but some of its most beautiful scenery is easily within reach.