Shaping the visitor experience beyond the park border
Kane County is leading the charge on preserving and expanding outdoor recreation opportunities near the border of Zion National Park. Working with partners like the Zion Forever Project and Utah Clean Cities, The East Zion Visitor Center will serve as an official Zion National Park visitor center, including full Arrowhead designation, managed through a multi-partner agreement between Zion NPS, Kane County, and Zion Forever Project. The building will be the gathering place and launch point for the new trails network planned on Zion’s east side. A spectrum of trail experiences will be available, from interpretive pathways linking key destinations to more rugged trails eventually connecting to the trails within the park. The 7,000 square foot facility will include visitor orientation, Interpretative and Active Learning Programs, Jr. Ranger and special community events, as well as changing exhibits allowing the park to showcase items from its archives. A large format theater and community garden will provide educational entertainment and agricultural experiences for guests and local residents. A park store will provide books, maps, park themed souvenirs and essentials. This new Visitor Center will serve as a hub for an electric shuttle transit network, connecting East Zion, Kane & Washington Communities with the park through a regional, seamless transit experience, extending programmatic and recreational opportunities across the region. Through a unique combination of public and private support with funding from local, county, and state programs this legacy project will benefit visitors and residents for decades to come.