ALL NEWS

National parks expecting lots of traffic this Memorial Day

May 27, 2021, 4:09 PM | Updated: 4:37 pm
Zion National Park Canyon Overlook Trail will get a new look for the summer....
Sunset in Zion National Park. (Photo: Dan Bammes)
(Photo: Dan Bammes)

Traffic had been steadily increasing in Utah’s five national parks prior to COVID-19, and big crowds are expected this Memorial Day weekend as the pandemic wanes.

Springdale, located just outside the west entrance to Zion National Park, is one of the gateway communities where traffic will be heavy and parking at a premium. The Spectrum in St. George reported traffic in Springdale had increased by 10% in the five years prior to the pandemic, and Moab also experienced a large increase.

Springdale Mayor Stan Smith says the pandemic has affected his community’s ability to manage the crowds.

“Employee shortages, so the restaurants are going to be really busy, and won’t be fully staffed,” Smith told KSL Newsradio.

But he has a recommendation for visitors to help them manage some of the difficulties. It’s the Greater Zion smartphone app.

“It will show you where parking is available in real time. That will help you out as far as trying to find a parking spot, and also give you great information on hiking the different trails,” Smith said.

While the trails inside Zion are popular with visitors, there are many outside the park that are being discovered as well, especially as more visitors use the eastern entrance to the park from Highway 89.

“The eastside initiative is something that’s really exciting,” said Mayor Smith, “and when it’s completed, it will actually put about the same amount of trail system outside the park as the park has inside.”

Private vehicle travel is restricted inside Zion National Park, and tickets for the shuttle are limited to specific times when visitors can board at the park Visitor’s Center. Masks are still required for everyone on public transportation and for those who are not yet fully vaccinated.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Follow @SimoneSeikaly...
Simone Seikaly

Elk herd again on the move near Foothill Drive and Parley’s Canyon

Drivers near Foothill Drive and Parley's Canyon were warned to remain vigilant as officials worked to move the herd.
9 hours ago
A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The U.S. is tracki...
Oren Liebermann, Haley Britzky and Michael Conte, CNN

Pentagon tracking suspected Chinese spy balloon over the US

(CNN) — The US is tracking a suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental United States, defense officials said on Thursday, a discovery that risks adding further strain to tense US-China relations. Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said the US government has been tracking the balloon for several days as it made its way over […]
9 hours ago
quit their jobs...
PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer

US added a strong 517,000 jobs in January despite Fed hikes

The Fed is aiming to achieve a "soft landing" — a pullback in the economy that is enough to tame high inflation without triggering recession.
9 hours ago
A federal law that prohibits people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing...
Tierney Sneed, CNN

Law barring people with domestic violence restraining orders from having guns is unconstitutional, court rules

 (CNN) — A federal law that prohibits people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms is unconstitutional, a conservative-leaning appeals court ruled Thursday. The ruling is the latest significant decision dismantling a gun restriction in the wake of the Supreme Court’s expansion of Second Amendment rights last year in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. […]
9 hours ago
Mountain America Credit Union will pick 
 up the tab for the adoption of all larger dogs this weeke...
Mark Jackson

Credit union picking up tab this weekend for adoption of larger dogs

Mountain America Credit Union will pick up the fees for the adoption of all larger dogs from Friday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 5.
9 hours ago
Salt Lake City Police have arrested two people in connection to a fatal shooting on Wednesday, Feb....
Mark Jones

SLCPD arrest two people in connection to a Wednesday shooting

Two people have been arrested in connection to a Wednesday shooting, according to Salt Lake City Police. The victim, a 35-year-old, died at the hospital.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
National parks expecting lots of traffic this Memorial Day