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Tunnel Fee Waiver Ends Monday, October 4th

For the last six weeks, Zion National Park has waived the tunnel fee for large or oversized vehicles. The waiver ends next Monday, signaling road construction is winding down. Hikers and canyoneers may also note the Canyon Overlook opens 10/4 as well, offering easier access to the Canyon Overlook Trail and the technical section Pine Creek. Zion National Park News Release September 28, 2010 For Immediate Release Erik De Groat 435-772-0180 Zion National Park to Reinstate Tunnel Fees Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that starting Monday, October 4, 2010 the park will reinstate the special use fee for large vehicles to travel through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The tunnel fee has been temporarily waived since August 17th due to work on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway Reconstruction Project. The Canyon Overlook parking lot, which has been closed due to the construction, will also open October 4th. The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel was completed in 1930 and was not designed wide or tall enough to accommodate large vehicles in one lane. The park charges a $15 fee to vehicles 7 feet 10 inches wide or wider and/or 11 feet 4 inches tall or taller for two trips through the tunnel … Continue reading

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Road Project Tough on Local Businesses

It’s interesting what this article doesn’t report: all the problems, confusions, and inconveniences experienced by the area visitors. If we consider each of the 50 businesses who demanded this meeting serve 50 – 250 visitors/ day, it’s reasonable to project they represent 2,500 – 12,500 people who are having trouble every day figuring out when or how they’ll be able to continue with their vacations plans. The Park could use this network of businesses as allies IF they worked to keep them informed well ahead of time… unfortunately, this is not how this project was carried out. Business owners say Zion project too costly Zion National Park » They say they weren’t asked for project input. By Mark Havnes The Salt Lake Tribune, 
Updated: 06/18/2010 09:54:24 PM MDT Zion National Park » Kane County business owners and local elected officials are demanding changes to a construction project inside the east entrance to Zion National Park that they claim is choking off traffic and money during the height of the tourist season. At a Thursday night meeting run by a facilitator hired by the National Park Service, Zion Superintendent Jock Whitworth promised he would have a new plan for the construction … Continue reading

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