Getting to the Park
In 2000, to help solve the traffic and parking problems created by the increase in visitors, Zion instituted a shuttle bus system that’s used for much of the year. More precisely, there are two shuttle systems in operation — one to get visitors to the park and a second to move people around the park. Parking is available in the park, but it’s limited and lots usually fill up by between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. After that, cars are prohibited. Most people reach the park by shuttle, with parking available in the nearby town of Springdale.
As with most national parks, Zion’s busiest season is when the kids are off school and most people take their vacations. That means weekends much of the year and the most crowded time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Despite the hot temperatures — and 100-degree days are common — summer draws the biggest crowds. According to park officials, the park’s busiest time is Memorial Day weekend, Easter week, Labor Day weekend and Utah Education Association break (which is in October, and you can find the dates each year at myuea.org).