Visitors to southern Utah’s Zion National Park made the Memorial Day weekend one for the record books.
Spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said Friday that the park, renowned for its scenic wonders, topped approximately 80,000 visitors during the four-day holiday period — a 20 percent increase over 2013’s estimated 64,000.
Baltrus said rangers reported that Zion’s parking lots were full by 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, and by 8:40 a.m. on Sunday. Overflow parking extended throughout the town of Springdale, and shuttle buses into the park were consistently packed to capacity.
"For the first time since the shuttle program began in 2000, all 32 buses were in service between the park and town routes," Baltrus stated. "Ridership on both the town and park shuttles broke all previous records."
As the summer season approaches, park visitors are encouraged to plan ahead, and if possible, visit earlier in the day on future holiday weekends.
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