Long lines expected in Zion as weather warms

Posted at 9:53 PM, Mar 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-21 07:54:47-04

ZION NATIONAL PARK - Visitors to Zion National Park can expect longer lines this weekend with spring breaks underway and the Zion Half Marathon.

Park managers are urging visitors to plan ahead and be aware.

Spring break is typically the start of the busy season for Zion National Park, but that also means quite a bit more traffic. In March in particular, as shuttle service doesn’t start until April 1. Currently the canyon is open to vehicles, meaning it can get crowded.

“We hiked Angels Landing yesterday and there were quite a few people,” said Chris Nelson, who is visiting the park for spring break. “You had to be patient and let them pass.”

Park managers are implementing traffic control on the weekends to accommodate for extra cars. Measures could include one to two hour periodic closures at the turn off onto the Scenic Drive from Highway 9. Cars parked illegally will be cited.

Park managers remind guests to only park in designated turn outs, and they said if visitation exceeds the parking availability, rangers will proactively manage traffic on the main scenic drive.

Park management is also currently looking into the possibility of expanding shuttle service in 2015.