Zion National Park remains open during construction. // © 2010 Zion National Park
Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah, has announced a new work schedule for the reconstruction of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway within Zion National Park. While previous schedules have included daytime closures, the new schedule keeps the roads open in during the day, leaving the roads open at all other times, subject to traffic control. Road closures now occur Sundays through Thursdays, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. through Oct. 29. Parking and hiking is allowed during all hours, however.
“We have been working with the Federal Highways Administration, area businesses, and the contractor to set a schedule to reconstruct the 80-year-old Zion-Mt Carmel Highway section from the switchbacks to our east entrance,” said superintendent Jock Whitworth in a Zion National Park website update. “We feel that the new schedule should still allow us to complete the project before winter, allow visitors to travel to and through Zion and allow local businesses to fair well during the reconstruction process.”
Those travelling to Zion National Park on State Route 9 from Interstate 15 can enjoy the park, access the park shuttle, use the campgrounds and visit the Zion Lodge without being in the construction area. Those travelling between Highway 89 and Zion Canyon through the park's East Entrance will be affected by the road closures.
Fall can be an ideal time to visit Zion National Park, when the weather is still fairly warm and dry and the summer crowds have subsided. And, on Nov. 11 (Veteran's Day), admission to the park will be free.