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Zion shuttles running weekends only before closing for season on Nov. 26

FILE - People board a shuttle in Zion National Park on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.
FILE - People board a shuttle in Zion National Park on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SPRINGDALE, Washington County — The shuttles in Zion National Park will run weekends only through Saturday, Nov. 26, before ending operations for the 2016 season.

However, both the Springdale shuttle and Zion Canyon shuttle will be operational Thursday, Nov. 24, through Saturday, Nov. 26, to help with Thanksgiving traffic.

The Zion Canyon shuttle will start running from the visitor center at 7 a.m. The last bus will leave the Temple of Sinawava at 6:44 p.m. Shuttle service frequency should be less than 10 minutes. Round trips from the visitor center to the Temple of Sinawava takes 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 and pets are not allowed.

Visitors with Thanksgiving dinner reservations at Zion Lodge will need to ride the shuttle. Additional shuttle service will be available for diners until 10 p.m.

The Springdale shuttle will start from the Majestic View Lodge at 9:15 a.m. The last shuttle bus will leave the Zion Canyon Theatre at 7 p.m.

On the days the shuttle buses are not running, private vehicles will be allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive until parking is full. There are approximately 400 parking spaces in Zion Canyon.

Visitors are encouraged to come early and should be prepared for the road to be closed once all designated parking spaces are occupied. Visitors with overnight reservations for Zion Lodge will not be affected.