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Big crowds expected at Zion National Park over Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2023, 5:00 PM | Updated: May 29, 2023, 6:09 am

restrictions at Zion National Park...

Starting Aug. 2, Zion National Park will implement campfire and smoking restrictions. (Dan Bammes, KSL NewsRadio)

(Dan Bammes, KSL NewsRadio)

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah — Last Memorial Day Weekend Zion National Park had 82,000 visitors, that’s more than what 150 parks saw in all of 2022.

Zion National Park Spokesperson Jonathan Shafer said while they will have some extra staff on hand, they expect parking to fill up quickly this weekend. Therefore, it’s important to plan ahead of time. 

“Generally, visitors who come early in the morning and later in the afternoon have a better chance of finding a parking spot in the park,” Shafer said. 

That said, if you still can’t find parking there is a shuttle option. 

“If you get here later in the day you can always park in the town of Springdale and ride the free shuttles in order to get into the park. Our pedestrian and bicycle entrance will be open throughout the weekend,” Shafer said.

The forecast is calling for mostly sunny with a 0% chance of rain all weekend, but remember to check that each day before heading out. 

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Big crowds expected at Zion National Park over Memorial Day Weekend