All passengers including children age three and older require a ticket to board the shuttle for Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
1. Ways to get shuttle tickets
How far in advance can I obtain my ticket?
There are two booking windows to obtain shuttle tickets, Advance Tickets and Day-before Tickets:
- Advance Tickets:
Advance tickets for daily shuttle service will be released twice a month, on the 16th and the last day of the month
NOTE: This is the schedule through June 2021. So check the website for the dates that will work for you. If your date is further out, just keep checking the website when the that info becomes available. Remember this is all SUBJECT TO CHANGE without notice.
- March 13 – 31, 2021, advance tickets are released on February 28, at 9:00 a.m. MT
- April 1 – 15, 2021, advance tickets are released on March 16, at 9:00 a.m. MT
- April 16 – 30, 2021, advance tickets are released on March 31, at 9:00 a.m. MT
- May 1 – 15, 2021, advance tickets are released on April 16, at 9:00 a.m. MT
- May 16 – 31, 2021, advance tickets are released on April 30, at 9:00 a.m. MT
- June 1 – 15, 2021, advance tickets are released on May 16, at 9:00 a.m. MT
- June 16 – 30, 2021, advance tickets are released on May 31, at 9:00 a.m. MT
- Day-before tickets: Additional tickets shown as “Not Yet Released” on the Recreation.gov website or app will become available one day in advance at 5 pm MT. (details below)
- Afternoon Walk-Up (more info below)
2. Zion Shuttle Tickets during a pandemic
3. How much are Zion Shuttle Tickets
4. How do you get these tickets
- Go to recreation.gov or download the National Park Service digital app
- In the search box, key in Zion National Park Shuttle Tickets
Since you are booking at the last minute, you have to make sure that you have created your account BEFORE booking. Set it up, add your pertinent information, especially the method of payment. Credit cards are accepted.
5. When it is time to try and book the day-before tickets
Once you’ve chosen the option for Zion National Park Shuttle Tickets
- Click on Book Now
- Choose the day of your visit (this is the next day on the calendar)
- You have to click on the next available day (so if today is April 15, you’d have to click on April 16)
- The trick is doing this right on the designated time
- Use your cell phone’s clock as the queue when to go in
- While you could do this using your cell phone’s signal, it would be best if you do this using Wi-Fi (just my personal suggestion)
- It would also be best if you were doing this using your computer (again, just my personal experience)
- Prior to the designated time, make sure you are logged in, and that you are able to maneuver around the site
Failed first attempt
I believe in fate
Making our way towards Zion National Park
6. Tickets to visit Zion National Park
7. If at first you don’t succeed
Although we had decent cell phone signal, I knew better to position ourselves near a coffee shop’s Wi-Fi or a hotel Wi-Fi. I remembered passing by Springhill Suites in Springdale. We parked right outside, and we were able to access the Wi-Fi. But I figured, I wanted a stronger signal. So I just went inside the lobby, and sat on one of the chairs and got connected.
8. Back-up plan
What if our 2nd attempt failed again? What were our other options? We learned the following:
Afternoon walk-up shuttle tickets (no charge) will be available from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. These tickets are limited and are first come, first served. By the time we arrived that Saturday afternoon, all walk-up shuttle tickets were gone.
We could either rent bikes to ride around Zion, or book us on a private van for around $40 per person. A bit steep when you factor in that there were 6 of us, but it was our last resort.