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Old 03-08-2019, 02:21 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Vermilye View Post
I was in Zion on March 25th, 2014, and it was a zoo. A couple of days before the shuttle started, and the road through the canyon along the Virgin River was packed. All the pullouts were full, with people parked in the road on both sides of the pullouts.
Zion is learning to deal with the crowds. We were there Mar 2-5, 2017 and things were not too crowded. On Mar. 4 (Saturday) they opened up the second (South) campground and started the shuttles, just in time for the spring break crowds.

Now the ZNP website warns "Please park legally and responsibly in Zion National Park and the Town of Springdale. Zion National Park has limited parking space. Please park only in designated stalls. Vehicles parked outside of designated stalls are subject to citation and may be towed. Once all designated parking stalls in Zion are full, visitors should park in the town of Springdale and ride the free shuttle to access the Park."

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Old 03-08-2019, 02:44 PM   #12
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When we go to Zion, we've always stayed at:
It is connected to and part of the Quality Inn.

It is right out the park entrance and we can get a site on the river with full hook-ups. You can walk right up to the park from the campground and hop on the shuttles or walk the other way to all the restaurants and shops. Very convenient to everything and out of the madness.

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Old 03-11-2019, 10:54 PM   #13
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I didn't have a problem to get a site at Watchman campground in Zion for 3 nights in the middle of April but I did call in early December. Also got campsites for kodachrome, fruita and Devil's garden at Arches at the same time. Devil's garden was the most difficult, we have to change sites due to availability. Unfortunately I discovored after the fact there is some sort of huge Jeep off road ralley the same time we were planning to be at Arches so had to switch things up a bit. I'm really looking forward to the trip, we are planning for about 4 weeks including the drive from BC and back. We are hoping to camp at Antelope island, Bryce, Goosenecks and Sand Island as well. Prepared that there will be big crowds. Can't be worse than the last time I was at Lake Louise in August i'm sure.
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:07 AM   #14
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We left the trailer at Kanab and drove through.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:04 PM   #15
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Yesterday afternoon the Park Service opened the road for single-lane travel over the damaged area. No oversized vehicles, including RVs and buses.

We drove it today, without difficulty. Temporary traffic lights allow for alternating one-way travel.

Several trails remained closed so there is increased foot traffic on the trails that are open.
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:59 PM   #16
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There is a lot of BLM land by hurricane just down the road from Zion. Heading there now.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:56 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by MikeS View Post
So I guess we should plan on leaving the midwest in the dead of winter for any trip to Zion. Not ideal.
Actually, that may be a good way to get out of the snow belt for a while.

I have gotten July reservations just a month or so in advance for Zion, and the same thing two weeks in advance for Yosemite. It's just a matter of checking the reservation site occasionally for openings due to cancellations.

The two things I enjoyed the most at Zion were (1) hiking the Narrows and (2) taking my bike on the front of the shuttle bus to the end of the line and coasting nearly all the way back to the CG. Good luck, I hope you can make it there sometime.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:03 AM   #18
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The road is now closed. The damaged road section will be completely removed so the retaining wall can be rebuilt. The repairs should be finished April 30.

Several trails remain closed due to landslides and instability. The Narrows trail is closed due to high water from snowmelt.

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