After months of anticipation, a modified version of the Zion National Park shuttle services is set to resume on July 1st. The park will also resume collecting entrance fees that day. While the shuttles will be back up and running within the park, guests should anticipate a few changes to the shuttle.
Included in the modified shuttle service, guests can make shuttle reservations though recreation.gov, through the mobile app or by calling 877-444-6777. A $1 nonrefundable fee will be in place for all passengers ages 2 and older. The reservation system for the shuttle will begin on June 30th, allowing guests to reserve a specific slot on the shuttles.
The hopes with using a reservation system is to help allow social distancing on the shuttles, as well as help reduce crowding, lines and congestion while allowing park services work to increase access to the trailheads located along the scenic drive, including the West Rim Trail, the Emerald Pools, the Riverside Walk and The Narrows. Access to other parts of the park, including the east side will not require a shuttle ticket, but park entrance fees will be collected.
As soon as the shuttles are up and running again, cars will no longer be allowed up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, with the exception of those guests who are staying at the Zion Lodge. Along with the park shuttle services, a few private shuttle companies have also been allowed to continue taking guests up the main canyon for the time being.
Information on private shuttle services as well as bike rentals can be found on the Zion National Park info sheet.
While shuttle services are likely increase guest access to the park, park officials urge visitors to continue to plan ahead by checking for up-to-date park conditions as well as planning other activities outside the park in case they are unable to secure a shuttle ticket.