Zion National Park had over 30,000 visitors to the park this past memorial day weekend!
The Salt Lake City Tribune posted an article outlining discussions to have visitors reserve days to go visit the park because the crowds are too large and its just becoming overcrowded. Here are some of the highlights from the article:
“It’s overwhelming,” said park spokesman John Marciano. “It’s just going to be loved to death, and people aren’t going to have a good experience.”
Shuttles are running every five minutes — but even with 38 buses that hold up to 90 people, folks still are parking a mile...
Some commenters battled over whether an in-the-works plan to initiate a reservation system at Zion infringes on the National Park Service’s democratic mission to provide access for all residents to “the natural and cultural resources” of the United States. Some said limitations are necessary to preserve the space for “the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.”
This is an interesting idea, essentially you would not be able to just drive up to the park, you would have to make a reservation like at a hotel, and if they are booked up you cant go...
What are your thoughts on this possible idea, should Zion limit the number of users who can attend the park on a given day, or should it be left open to the masses and be overrun with crowds?