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Zion sees half its usual visitors for the Fourth of July, Springdale shuttles reopen

The Spectrum (St. George) logo The Spectrum (St. George) 7/11/2020 K. Sophie Will, St. George Spectrum & Daily News
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Shuttles are running through Zion National Park and Springdale. Campgrounds are open. The canyon is full of people driving, biking and hiking.

Still, tourism in the age of the coronavirus pandemic pales in comparison to years past.

For the Independence Day holiday this past week, Zion saw 51% of last year's visitation during the same weekend.

About 38,000 people celebrated the Fourth in Zion this year, which was "busy but certainly not busy compared to what we've seen," according to Superintendant Jeff Bradybaugh in a Springdale City Council meeting Wednesday.

"We're not getting the huge bus tours from people from places like China, which has been a large demographic in the past couple years," Zion spokesperson Jeff Axel said of one of the possible reasons why the park has seen lower numbers.

a couple of people that are sitting on a car seat: The shuttles through Zion National Park canyon reopened July 1, 2020 to thousands of visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic. © K. Sophie Will / The Spectrum & Daily News The shuttles through Zion National Park canyon reopened July 1, 2020 to thousands of visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

When it comes to the shuttle, which reopened on July 1, Bradybaugh said it is working well for the park as lines are staying short. 

Springdale, the gateway town to Zion, mandated masks earlier this month and will continue to do so until the town council feels comfortable removing the mandate, they decided at the meeting.

"I keep on saying, love your neighbor," Mayor Stan Smith said. "We're inviting people from wherever you come to help keep us healthy so we don't have to shut down."

Shuttles through Springdale are reopening for the second time this weekend, July 10-12, after a first run during the Fourth of July weekend. 

Next week, the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office will open and award a new company the opportunity to temporarily run the Springdale shuttles throughout the pandemic. Story to follow.

Shuttles this weekend will be run by the St. George Shuttle and will have nine stops through town. The shuttle is free, unlike Zion National Park shuttles which cost $1 and are sold out days in advance.

K. Sophie Will is the National Parks Reporter for The Spectrum & Daily News through the Report for America initiative by The GroundTruth Project. Follow her on Twitter at @ksophiewill or email her at kswill@thespectrum.com.

This article originally appeared on St. George Spectrum & Daily News: Zion sees half its usual visitors for the Fourth of July, Springdale shuttles reopen

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