Tips for your Presidents Day weekend in Zion National Park

Holiday weekends are always busy at Zion. With President’s Day just around the corner, let’s talk about some tips to help make the most out of a weekend in the park.

Shuttle Services and Parking

Shuttle services will not be running during President’s Day weekend in the park. While shuttle services won’t be up and running until March, park visitors can use their personal vehicles on the Zion Canyon Scenic drive, which is the road that goes from Canyon Junction and leads to popular trailheads including the Temple of Sinawava and the narrows.

Park visitors should plan for limited parking. Parking spaces tend to fill early on holiday weekends. When parking in the canyon is full, the National Park Service may temporarily close the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

Traffic Advisories

If you plan on visiting the park this weekend, please plan ahead for limited access to that area as there will be one lane opened going into and out of the park at the South Entrance as the park continues to work on their drainage improvement project which is intended to help with preventing flooding. Wait times at the South entrance could be up to an hour depending on traffic to the park.

Winter Camping

Through the winter season still in full swing at the park, the Watchman Campground is the only campground that is opened year round at this time. Reservations for the Watchman Campground can be made online. Campers should note that for now the South Campground remains closed until further notice. The National Park Service is working to improve theSouth Campground and are planning to share the final design for the update in the fall.

Need to Know

Regardless of when you’re planning your trip to Zion National Park, be sure to plan ahead and check for updates on weather and current park conditions to ensure you are as prepared as you can be.

Don’t forget:

  • Parking lots full early year round at the park.
  • Be sure to be alert and aware of pedestrians and cyclists if you are driving.
  • Pets are only allowed in campgrounds, on paved surfaces and along the Pa’rus Trail.

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