Zion National Park is one of the most popular parks in all of America. They are anticipating a record 4 million visitors by year’s end, which would be an increase from last year’s 3.66 million visitors. The problem is, their facilities and the land can’t handle that influx.
According to a news release, Zion National Park is considering a limit on the number of visitors that can use the park during peak times.
“During the height of the summer season it is now common for visitors to wait in long lines to enter the park and board the park shuttle,” the release states. “This increase in visitation stresses park infrastructure, can degrade natural and cultural resources and adversely affects the visitors’s park experience.”
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To help with this overwhelming increase, they are beginning a Visitor Use Management Plan. They are currently asking the public for input via this survey, and are intent on devising plans that aim to balance visitor use with measures that will help prevent negative impact on the land.
Park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus told The Salt Lake Union Tribune, “We haven’t found the perfect answer. I think it’s going to take a lot of little things.”
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