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Zion National Park anticipate crowds, high heat ahead of Fourth of July weekend

Officials are warning visitors to plan for long lines and high temperatures this holiday weekend

SPRINGDALE, Utah — The National Park Service is warning those planning to visit Zion National Park this Fourth of July weekend to plan for long lines, intermittent closures and heavy traffic.

According to a press release from the National Park Service, guests should be prepared for long lines upon entering the park, at visitor centers, restrooms and trailheads, as well as long wait times to board park shuttles both within the park and Springdale.

Visitors should also expect intermittent closures at the park’s east and south vehicle entrance stations, and heavy traffic both throughout the park and in Springdale. Vehicles parked on National Park lands may be temporarily suspended if parking fills up, so visitors are encouraged to use the free Springdale Shuttle to get to the park’s pedestrian/bicycle entrance.

The Independence Day Parade in Springdale will close State Route 9 from approximately 8:30 a.m. until mid-morning on Thursday, July 4. Visitors will still be able to access Zion from other towns, and via Utah 20, Utah 14 and US 89.

Following several days where temperatures surpassed 100 degrees in Zion this June, the National Park Service is also urging visitors to prepare for what could be a triple-digit heat experience this weekend.

Officials are advising visitors to pack at least three liters of water per person in addition to other essentials, such as salty snacks and sun protection. For those planning to hike, it is recommended that you arrive at the park before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., and rest often in the shade.

Fire restrictions are currently in place in Zion, and campfires are not allowed except within enclosed vehicles or designated recreation sites. Smoking is also prohibited in vegetated areas, with the exception of enclosed vehicles or a developed recreation site.

For more information on how to prepare for your visit to Zion National Park, visit the National Park Service website.

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