Business owners near Zion NP cool to idea of restricting visitation, but recognize overcrowding toll
ST. GEORGE — Zion National Park has been working to draft a visitor use management plan since 2016. Locals and visitors alike have voiced different opinions about what is best for the park, and many businesses in surrounding communities fear what will happen if visitor numbers are restricted.
Over the last decade, Zion National Park has experienced increased visitation and overcrowding. The number of visitors has nearly doubled since the ‘90s, and 4.5 million people went to the park in 2017.