If you’re headed to Zion National Park this Independence Day Weekend, prepare for both adventure and challenges. The National Park Service advises visitors to anticipate significant crowds and warm temperatures during their visit.

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Crowds and Access

Expect long lines at entrance stations, visitor centers, restrooms, and trailheads throughout the park. Shuttles in Springdale and Zion National Park may experience delays, and intermittent closures may occur at the park’s east and south vehicle entrance stations due to high traffic.

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Beating the Heat

With temperatures soaring above 100°F, staying hydrated and protected from the sun is crucial. Hikers are urged to carry at least three liters of water, salty snacks, and sunblock. Avoid hiking during peak heat hours by starting your hike early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Rest frequently in shaded areas and stay informed about weather forecasts to avoid heat-related illnesses.

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Fire Restrictions

To prevent wildfires, fire restrictions are strictly enforced in Zion. Open fires, including campfires and charcoal grills, are prohibited. Only stoves fueled by petroleum or liquid Propane Gas (LPG) for meal preparation are allowed in designated areas.

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Independence Day Festivities

Join in the festive spirit with Zion staff participating in Springdale’s Independence Day Parade. Note that State Route 9 will be closed during the parade from early morning until mid-morning on July 4th.

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Traffic Management

Parking within the park may reach capacity, leading to temporary vehicle entry suspensions. Consider using the free Springdale Shuttle to access the park’s pedestrian/bicycle entrance during peak hours. For those traveling through the area but not visiting Zion, alternative routes such as Utah 20, Utah 14, or US 89 – Arizona 389 – Utah 59 can help avoid heavy traffic.

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Recreate Responsibly

Ensure a safe and enjoyable visit by being patient with park rangers and fellow visitors. Stay vigilant against heat stress and dehydration by drinking plenty of water and consuming salty snacks. Respect park regulations by properly disposing of trash and using designated parking areas. Remember, fireworks and campfires are strictly prohibited under current fire restrictions.

With careful planning and consideration, visitors can make the most of their Independence Day weekend at Zion National Park while respecting its natural beauty and safety guidelines.

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