Trail Closures Remain in Effect in Zion National Park

Keep in mind when making your hiking plans for the day, the following trail closures in Zion are still in effect (as of 8/3/18)

  • Emerald Pools
    • The Upper & Lower Emerald Pools trails are closed from the rockfall location
    • The trail is open from the Emerald Pools trailhead to the just beneath the waterfall
  • Kayenta Trail
  • Lower West Rim Trail
    • The trail is closed from the Grotto to Cabin Springs
    • This closure includes access to Angels Landing from the Grotto

The Zion Shuttle will continue to make a stop at the Grotto to pick up passengers, though it will not be dropping off passengers there.

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Enjoy the beautiful rain, but please keep in mind that it is unpredictable during monsoon season. Your safety is your responsibility, so please use caution when hiking in washes and slot canyons to avoid being caught in a flash flood. For additional safety considerations during monsoon season, please take a moment to read this previous post. 😊

Construction Update – SR-9: Springdale – Zion National Park

*Update 8/9/18 – Road construction is complete on Zion Park Boulevard (SR-9) in Springdale, Utah except for minor final touches [example: Canyon Springs Drive]. Road construction on State Route 9 (highway 9) between Virgin, Utah and Rockville, Utah is now underway. The purpose of this project is to add passing lanes. The impact to your drive to Springdale is expected to be minimal. Please read more about it here.

The road construction that we have been patiently (well some days not so much 😉) waiting for its completion is finally coming to an end!

It will still be a few weeks until the project is finished. There are still several areas of sidewalk that are closed, and multiple sections of the highway through Springdale where construction barricades are placed to guide traffic through makeshift lanes.

(Above image: Southbound on SR-9 Zion Park Boulevard – 4/25/18)

As of this update on 4/30/18, the Canyon Springs Drive (between the Hampton Inn, The SpringHill Suites, and the Switchback) is closed to access. The alternate route to access the SpringHill Suites is through the parking lot of the Hampton Inn.

(Above image: Canyon Springs Drive access is closed near SpringHill Suites – 4/30/18)

Construction crews are currently working on the section near Blondie’s Diner and traffic is down to a single lane in that area. The wait time was less than 5 minutes today.

(Above photo: Southbound on SR-9 in Springdale, Utah near Subway, Cafe Soleil, and the Cliffrose Lodge – 4/30/18)

The construction schedule has been pretty much on time and the vast majority of the work is complete. The roads do look nice with new crosswalks and bike lanes.

As you know from a previous blog post, there are now parking meters throughout the town of Springdale for visitors to Zion National Park.

Even though there are a few areas where the sidewalks are closed to allow the freshly poured concrete to cure, and there are still barricades along the road in many places, it is so much better than it has been!

(Above image: Up-canyon [northbound] view of SR-9 in Springdale, Utah toward Zion National Park from approximately the La Quinta hotel)

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Parking in Springdale – Parking Policies in Springdale, Utah for Visitors to Zion National Park

Parking in Springdale – Parking Policies in Springdale, Utah for Visitors to Zion National Park in 2018

Visitors to Zion National Park will see some big changes to parking in Springdale this year.

Springdale has implemented on-street parking policies. In areas where parking is still permitted, you will find new parking kiosks. The cost to park in these zones is $1 for the first hour with each subsequent hour being an additional $3.50. The maximum daily rate is $22.

As you can see on the parking map, there is little on-street parking remaining. Most hotels in Springdale have free parking for their guests. It is highly recommended that you leave your vehicle at your hotel and take the town shuttle to Zion National Park.

For those who are not staying at a hotel or other lodging option in Springdale, there are additional paid parking lots available in town. Do not park in the parking lots of any businesses that you are not an active customer of as many business owners will be forced to have any vehicles not belonging to their customers or guests towed at the owner’s expense.

Parking policies will be enforced 7 days a week between the hours of 6am and 6pm. The town will issue citations to anyone who is parked in no parking zones, or to those who have not paid to park in parking zones (citations range from $60 to $125).

Payments for parking can be made at the parking meter kiosks with a credit or debit card. You will need to enter your license plate information in the kiosk (the town of Springdale recommends that visitors download the ‘Whoosh‘ app for easier payments).

Please note that a parking pass is not an entrance pass to Zion, nor is an entrance pass to Zion a parking pass. These will need to be purchased separately.

Springdale, Utah on-street parking prices:

  • 1st hour = $1
  • 2+ hours = $3.50/hour
  • Maximum daily rate = $22

Parking map can be viewed here:

(Above image: Parking meter kiosk in Springdale, Utah – April 2018)

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Shuttle Schedule for Spring 2018

*Note – The updated post for the Shuttle Schedule can be found here

Today is the day that the Zion Canyon shuttle in Zion National Park is scheduled to resume operations for the season.

The first shuttle of the day will leave the Visitor Center at 7:00am, daily. The last shuttle pick up from the Temple of Sinewava is at 8:15pm.

The Springdale town shuttle will also resume, but on a modified route. The first Springdale town shuttle will begin at 8:05am and run until 9:15pm, seven days a week.