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Faced With Record Crowds, Zion National Park Considers Limiting Visitors

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Zion National Park in southern Utah is considering capping the number of visitors it accepts during peak times.

A record 4 million people are projected to visit the park this year, up from 3.7 million in 2015 and 2.6 million in 2010. In a release, park officials said this has resulted in “over-capacity issues” on shuttle buses, on front-country trails, and at key destinations and facilities, particularly in the Zion Canyon corridor. Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said officials are concerned about “health and safety issues; diminishing quality of visitor experiences; and associated impacts to soils, vegetation, water, wildlife habitat, soundscapes, and cultural resources.” The park has proposed a reservation system for visitors and other management strategies and is taking public comments through November 23rd.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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