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Friday, March 05, 2010

Zion Park Reopens Seasonal Visitor Services, Starts Camping Reservation System

The Human History Museum and South Campground at Zion National Park will soon open for the season. In addition, the park is implementing a new reservation system for the Watchman Campground. The park service provided the information below.

Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced the reopening of the Zion Human History Museum and South Campground in Zion National Park. Both of these visitor facilities have been closed during the winter months. Additionally, the park horse concession will begin operations for the season.

The Zion Human History Museum will reopen on Saturday, March 6. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum highlights the interaction of humans with the natural resources of Zion Canyon. The park’s orientation film is shown in the museum auditorium by request on the hour and half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum also includes a bookstore operated by the Zion Natural History Association.

South Campground will reopen on Saturday, March 13. South Campground’s 126 campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Watchman Campground, which has been open for the winter on a first-come, first-served basis, will be transitioning to a partial reservation system starting on March 6. Starting March 25, all sites in Watchman Campground will be on the reservation system. Reservations for Watchman Campground can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or visiting the web at www.recreation.gov.

Canyon Trail Rides, the park horse concessioner, will offer one and three hour tours on the Sand Bench Trail starting Saturday, March 6. For more information or to make a reservation visitors can call 435-679-8665 or visit www.canyonrides.com.

The Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center are open year round. Current hours for the Zion Canyon Visitor Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Both visitor centers offer park information, exhibits, backcountry permits, and park bookstores.

For detailed park information, access the park’s website at www.nps.gov/zion.

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