On my drive out to California I had the opportunity to check off another National Park from my list. This time it was Zion National Park located in southwest Utah. I’ve visited a lot of National Parks and I have to say Zion is one of the most organized and efficient of any of them. For example, cars are not allowed inside the park from April to October, which makes for a much quieter, safe, and less congested experience. I was able to leave my car parked all day and travel by foot or bus to wherever I wanted to go – both inside and out of the park. Everything was clearly marked and buses came by every 5-10 minutes without fail.
I happened to arrive on a national holiday, so perhaps that is the reason why the park was extremely crowded and noisy, but some weeks later I did hear that all national parks are becoming increasingly popular and overcrowded and that one day soon a visitor may need to plan ahead and secure a ticket to visit. That doesn’t sound so good for this spur-of-the-moment gal, but after seeing the crowds first hand, I can completely understand this necessity.