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Zion National Park Looks at Reservation System

Officials at Utah’s Zion National Park are thinking of moving to a reservation system for entry into the iconic red rock cathedral to protect resources and ensure the enjoyment of visitors.

National Parks Traveler reported that Ii’s an idea being considered more and more in recent years by superintendents as record-breaking crowds strain places like YellowstoneYosemiteGlacierGrand Canyon, Zion, and many other parks.

There likely will be pushback to Zion’s proposals. But park staff, budgets, the tight confines of 6-mile-long Zion Canyon, and today’s growing crowds cast a reservation system as perhaps the best way to help superintendents meet the National Park Service Organic Act’s overriding directive: “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

“On Memorial Day Sunday, we had 30,300 people in the park that day,” said John Marciano, the park’s public affairs spokesman. “That’s nuts. No one has a good time.”

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