Zion Prepares for a Busy Labor Day Weekend

August 31, 2023


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Zion National Park News Release 

Release Date: August 28, 2023

Contact: Zion News Desk, zion_newsdesk@nps.gov, (435) 772-0162

Zion prepares for a busy Labor Day Weekend



Expect traffic and lines in and near the park



A large group of people stands in lines marked by chains at a shuttle bus stop at Zion National Park. Trees stand in the background with redrock canyon walls rising behind them.

Visitors wait for the shuttle at the Temple of Sinawava during Independence Day Weekend 2023.

NPS Image / Jonathan Shafer



SPRINGDALE, Utah – Zion National Park is expecting a busy Labor Day weekend Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4, 2023. Expect long lines and traffic congestion in and near the park.


Vehicle parking
Plan ahead to find a parking spot in Zion or Springdale


  • Conserve plants by only using designated lots and never on unpaved areas where hot vehicles could start a wildfire.
  • Parking is limited and often fills early.
  • Park in Springdale to take the free Springdale Shuttle to the park’s pedestrian entrance.
  • When parking in Zion is full, we may limit vehicle entry so that National Park Service shuttles and emergency vehicles are not stopped by congestion.
  • Check current conditions for the latest updates.


Shuttle service 

The Zion Canyon Shuttle System provides free rides in the park and Springdale to get you where you need to go.

Springdale Line:  

  • The first shuttle leaves Majestic View Lodge at 7 a.m. The last shuttle leaves Zion Canyon Village at 8 p.m. 

Zion Canyon Line:  

  • The first shuttle leaves Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 6 a.m. 
  • The last shuttle leaves Zion Canyon Visitor Center into Zion Canyon at 7 p.m.
  • The last shuttle out of the canyon from the Temple of Sinawava leaves at 8:15 p.m.


Know Before You Go 


  • Check the distance and difficulty of trails to make sure you’re prepared for hikes.
  • Drink a gallon of water per day, and pack salty snacks to avoid heat-related illness.
  • Bring appropriate gear like sunscreen, a hat, hiking shoes, and walking sticks.
  • Check the forecast before you get to Zion. Pay special attention to temperatures and the likelihood of flash floods.



Getting around 

For non-recreational-drivers, the best way through the park is to go around the park. There will likely be heavy traffic all weekend, and there may be times through-travel is not possible. 

If you need to travel through the park during the holiday weekend and you do not plan to stop for recreation, consider alternate routes such as:

  • Utah 20.
  • Utah 14.
  • US 89 – Arizona 389 – Utah 59.

Attend a free ranger program 

Attend a free ranger program! Zion offers guided hikes, talks at amphitheaters, ranger guided shuttle rides, and more. Find a ranger program that’s right for you on our website: go.nps.gov/ZionRangerPrograms

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