Snow

There is a 60% chance of snow overnight tonight for Springdale and the lower elevations in Zion! ❄️

You may just wake up tomorrow morning to a gorgeous view of snow covering the beautiful Zion cliffs and a little snow on the ground. ⛄️ Enjoy it while it lasts, because it usually melts within a few hours of daylight.

The higher elevations of Zion NP, as well as Bryce, will see more snow and potentially hazardous driving conditions as there is a winter storm warning in effect for the mountains of southern Utah. ⚠️

Stay safe out there and enjoy the snow!

Christmas Week

Happy holidays everyone!

❄️⛄️🎄

For those who are planning to come visit Zion National Park this Christmas week, please keep in mind that it will be busy in the Park.

There will not be any shuttle buses running in the Park, so expect that the canyon will close to cars during the busiest parts of the day.

There is still construction on SR-9 until mid-April, so you will also want to expect extra wait times to get into town as traffic moves through the single-lane construction zone.🚧

Also, don’t forget to dress in layers for your hikes 🧣 & to still take plenty of water along. 💧

Paving

They’re paving the northbound lane in phase 2 today and tomorrow. This is the road between the Silver Bear and the Desert Pearl.

It’s been a tad tricky getting in and out of driveways today as the crews have been moving business accesses around throughout the day.

The project should be moving into the third phase within the next couple of days. This will include the stretch of road from the post office into the Park.

Still expect long wait times over Christmas week, however, as it’s going to be a busy week!

Scheduled Power Outage

Planned Power Outage

Tomorrow morning, December 21st, Rocky Mountain Power has scheduled a city-wide power outage from 1:00am to 6:00am.

If you are staying at a hotel, please let them know if you need any special accommodations during this time.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show & Community Social

Starting at 6:00pm on December 31, 2017, there will be a social held at the Canyon Community Center (126 Lion Boulevard, Springdale, UT 84767).

At the social, there will be live music from the Nate Robinson Trio, as well as refreshments.

Fireworks will start at 8:00pm at the Springdale Town ball field (near the Community Center).

Bring your own seats if you like (and a warm blanket) and enjoy the show!

 

Road Construction

Road Construction

On their drive to Springdale, visitors will start seeing signs cautioning them to be prepared to stop. This is because phase 2 of the SR-9 Springdale Project is in full-swing. This is a 6 month effort to revitalize the main road through town that accesses Zion Park. It is currently on schedule for completion by mid-April of 2018.

During this time, be prepared for long wait times up to 25 minutes as the road is down to one lane of traffic. In the daytime hours, there are flaggers on both ends of the stretch of active construction, guiding traffic to flow safely through the work zone. During night and early morning hours, there is a traffic light on both ends. For your safety and the safety of other travelers, please wait for the traffic light to turn green before proceeding into the construction zone.

If you are trying to enter the highway from any intersection in the work zone, a best practice is to wait until you see several cars going in the direction you are planning to go and join them when there is an opening. Be patient and wait your turn as there are some areas where there is little to no shoulder for any cars to move over to let another pass.

We locals know how frustrating this construction can be, but we appreciate you being patient along with us during this time!

Some additional items to know about the highway construction during your visit to Zion National Park are:

    • Whenever possible (we know it’s cold!), turn off your engine while waiting in line to help keep the air clean
    • If you plan on walking through town, be aware that there are several sections of sidewalk that are not accessible at this time. Most of the sidewalks on the west side of the street are open
    • No work is planned on Christmas Day or on New Years’ Day. Traffic restrictions will still be in place, however, as it is a single lane road – so pay attention to the traffic lights and the traffic patterns
    • During the Christmas/New Year week, expect extra long wait times! Over the Thanksgiving holiday and the days following, we saw wait times of about an hour. I anticipate that this holiday season will be similar