With autumn in full swing, and the peak of summer visitation over with, the transportation/shuttle system at Zion National Park is winding down it’s operations for the year. The mandatory park shuttles will still be running on weekends only, November 2 through November 24, and also on November 28, 29, and 30, 2013 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All shuttle bus operations will end completely for the 2013 season on the evening of November 30. The buses start running from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 7 a.m. The last bus leaves the Temple of Sinawava at 5:45 p.m. Shuttles arrive at each stop about every 10 minutes. Round trips from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to the Temple of Sinawava will take about 70 minutes. There is no charge for riding the shuttle buses. There are eight stops along the route and visitors may get on and off as many times as they want. Buses are fully accessible, pets are not allowed.
The park is enjoying striking fall colors, beautiful weather, and fewer crowds right now and we highly recommend you drive in to see some of our favorite sites. As the weather turns you will find certain trails being closed off partially or fully, but there is no shortage of fall and winter beauty. The park’s Plein Air Art Invitational is set for November 4-11, with the Arts Auction for Education sandwiched in on the 9th.
Take this as your opportunity to explore and see a different Zion type view. Trees may become stagnant in the winter, but rocks are unchanging.