Are you eligible for a fee waiver to the park? If you’re traveling with a group for educational or research purposes, or are coming to explore the park for specific reasons, you may well be. Check with the local authorities before you make your commitment to the park’s fees.
In spite of the seemingly hostile environment, this park, considerably smaller, as it is, than a lot of America’s other Grand National parks, is a popular visiting place, and an estimate 3-million people visit it on a regular basis, each year – a number which has raised remarkably in the last several years. This is something to take into consideration while you are planning your trip: will you find parking readily? Will you need to travel in a shuttle? These elements are all available, but between March and October, the legal parking for private cars is normally completely full by 10am.
But there are a few possible solutions to the parking situation, which might open a whole different vista of experience for you. There is a small town embraced by the Zion National Park, called Springdale. It’s a proper residential town with all the normal amenities that you can expect in a modern environment. It’s a fair hike to the park proper, but it is worth it, to know that your vehicle is legally parked and is safe, while you meander through one of the world’s most unusual landscapes. It might also even be a good idea to base yourself at Springdale, even though Zion National Park has three camping grounds, as well as a lodge and several visitors centers, including the East Zion Tourism Council, the Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau, the St George Area Visitor Bureau and the visitors’ bureau at Kane County, Utah are there to give you all the help and support you might need.
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1 Zion Park Blvd. State Route, 9 Springdale, UT 84767, website, Phone: 435-772-3256 Photo: Tomasz Zajda/Fotolia
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