ZION NATIONAL PARK — Individuals planning to visit the park this weekend over the Utah Education Association vacation should be prepared for delays, limited parking and crowded conditions.
Park officials are anticipating conditions similar to summer holiday weekends when parking lots inside the park can fill by 9:30 a.m. and wait times for entrance and shuttle bus boarding can be long.
Road construction on state Route 9 entering Springdale has begun and wait times in work zones can delay traffic for periods up to 25 minutes.
It is recommended visitors coming to the park Friday, Saturday or Sunday arrive early in the day, park only in designated lots or paved pullouts, and avoid parking on road shoulders.Comment on this story
Once parking is full, visitors can park in Springdale and ride the free shuttle buses to the park. However, shuttle stops 7, 8 and 9 will be closed due to road construction.
The Visitor Center, Wilderness Desk and the Zion Forever Project Bookstore will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. The Zion Human History Museum will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. The first shuttle bus going up canyon from the Visitor Center will depart at 7 a.m. The last bus coming out of the canyon will depart the Temple of Sinawava at 7:15 p.m.
For the most updated information, visit the park’s website at nps.gov/zion.