15 years ago you may remember driving through Zion, parking your car and walking around in nature in silence. You'd become one with mother earth. With not many people around, it'd be just you alone with your thoughts.
Heads Up: Those days of short lines are long gone, and they're not coming back.
Empty trails and quiet moments was the norm, until social media completely changed the game. With BILLIONS of photos of the park all over sites like Facebook and Instagram, word got around the world fast about just how beautiful Zion is.
For example, Instagram has you expecting This:
When in reality it's more like this:
With the proliferation of social media posts and bloggers showing off the natural splendor of Zion National Park, it's no wonder why so many people have put visiting Zion on their "Bucket list".
This heightened notoriety paired with a 3-day weekend like Labor Day or Memorial Day makes Zion a popular destination for people not only around the nation, but the world.
The fact that park admission is FREE on many federal holidays just makes it all the more busy.
Most people who visit Zion National Park are interested in 2 places in particular.
Because of such high demand for Angel's Landing in particular, the park has recently implemented a permit reservation system. Check out the details HERE.
If you're reading this looking for a "less busy" section of the park on Labor Day weekend, you won't find it. The place is straight-up busy AF on holidays and there are not many ways around it.
According to nps.gov, the LEAST BUSY times to visit Zion is either in January, or weekdays when schools are in session. But even then, be prepared for crowds regardless.
Now there may be a good chance that many people don't mind the crowds, and to those people I truly am in awe of you. If you don't mind the crowds, and you don't mind the waiting and the busy trails, then I take back that whole "Nightmare" talk. Go. Enjoy. Have fun.
As for me, I'll see you on the trails in January.
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