Category Archives: Getting Here

Prepare Yourself for Spring Break Bustle in Zion

Easter Break is ALWAYS an exciting time at Zion Adventure Company, as Training Season transitions to Busy Season and the quiet season official ends. It always feel a little crazy, but it’s also a lot of fun. We love it when Easter falls a little later (anytime in April, really), as it gives us an extra week or two to get new staff up to speed before they jump into the fire. If YOU are visiting this week or next, you can help us make your ZAC visit really smooth by doing a few easy things: 1. Set your watch! If you are coming from Las Vegas or Arizona, Zion (and Utah) is one hour ahead of those time zones. Many visitors are disappointed when they arrive “on time,” only to discover they are actually one hour late. Oops! 2. Note our hours. We are open daily from 8 AM to 8 PM. Sometime folks see people walking in and out before 8 AM: these are guided trip clients, who we try to depart with before things get busy at 8 AM. If you arrive before we open, please wait outside patiently while we get the store in order. Thanks … Continue reading

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Zion Shuttles Resume Service on Sunday, April 1

Ah, the Zion shuttle. It’s there when we need it, it goes away when we don’t. Some things in life are just right. This time of year is always a good showcase for why the Zion Shuttle System exists. With warmer weather and lots of families traveling over Spring Break season, the parking lots that sit largely empty all winter are filling up quickly and the drive up and down Zion Canyon is becoming more congested. Want to ride your bike up canyon? On a busy Spring Break week, it’s really not too fun because all the traffic makes me nervous. But when the shuttle returns for the season… Voila! Zion Canyon is peaceful again, with nobody fighting for parking spaces and lots of smiling pedalers on the roads. Enjoy! Shuttle System Resumes Operation in Zion Date: March 20, 2012 Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811 The Zion National Park Transportation System will begin shuttle operations on Sunday, April 1, 2012 and provide daily service through Sunday, October 28, 2012. This marks the thirteenth year of operation for the shuttle system in Zion National Park and Springdale, Utah. The shuttle system is supported by park entrance fees and all shuttles are fare-free. … Continue reading

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The Springdale – Zion Grocery Store Guide

Coming to Zion? You’ll need food. Don’t want to eat out all the time? You’ll need groceries. But sometimes groceries can be hard to find, so we’re here to help with the Ultimate Grocery Guide for Zion Goers. It’s not the sexiest topic, but it looks better the hungrier you get! SPRINGDALE Let’s start local. If you don’t want to bother stopping on the way to Zion, the local Sol Foods Market has you covered. Sol Foods has TWO locations in Springdale, the Downtown Supermarket and the Park Market and Restaurant near the Park entrance.The Downtown Supermarket is a full-service grocery store, complete with produce, deli, frozen foods, beer, and even DVD rentals. The Park Market caters more to hikers and campground residents; it has less conventional grocery selection, and more in the way of snacks, to-go beverages, and camping supplies. Park Market also features a self-serve restaurant (here’s the menu) with beautiful patio seating. Though Sol Foods has the local grocery market cornered, they are not your typical small-town lazy grocer. Sol Foods is really great about accommodating modern, health-aware diets with organic, gourmet, gluten-free, and other healthy options. In fact, Sol Foods has better health food options than some (but … Continue reading

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St. George Airport, Close and Convenient

This James Bond-esque video to promote the new airport in St. George is dramatically hilarious and visually stunning. SkyWest has daily flights to and from Los Angeles (LAX) to St. George (SGU). At only 110 minutes, this is a fast and easy way to get to Zion National Park and Southern Utah for an adventure weekend. Flying to and from Salt Lake is even shorter (59 minutes) and is available 6 – 7 times a day.

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Zion Canyon Shuttle Resumes Operation April 1st

Choo! Choo! The Zion Canyon Shuttle does not make that noise, but it’s fun to pretend. The shuttle system is back in action this weekend, just in time for April Fool’s Day. Think of all the fun jokes you can play on someone involving the shuttle! Best not to play any jokes on the shuttle drivers, though… Not only are those cats nice and helpful, they put up with enough crazy stuff every day without you pulling your shenanigans on them. The Zion Shuttle system has a Park Loop and a Springdale Loop, which operate concurrently, but separately. The Springdale Loop cycles through Springdale from end to end, helping folks reach various destinations in town, including the Park entry gate. From there, visitors can enter the Park and hop the Park Loop, which delivers riders to various destinations in Zion Canyon. If you’ve never ridden on the Shuttle, you’ve surely missed some good “wild” turkey sightings, good conversations with foreign strangers, and pondering about what exactly they do to folks who DO stick their hands out the windows. Read more about the Zion shuttle system, or check out the Springdale shuttle stop map, below, to plan your shuttle trip. Adventure awaits.

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New St. George Runway is Closest Airport to Zion National Park

The new St. George Municipal Airport (SGU) opened on January 13th, ushering in a new era for Zion-area air travel. Though SGU is the closet airport to Zion National Park, the vast majority of visitors will likely still use McCarran International airport in Las Vegas as their arrival gate. As the SGU facility branches out, however, I imagine more and more folks will be landing in St. George in coming years. Starting March 6th, SkyWest will offer daily flights to and from Los Angeles (LAX) to St. George (SGU). At only 110 minutes, I can see how lots of travelers would choose to fly, rather than fight L.A. traffic, especially on a weekend. Flying to and from Salt Lake is even shorter (59 minutes) and is available 6 – 7 times a day. Check out the details.

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