Zion National Park

Zion National Park sees record-breaking visitation

Oct 20, 2021
Sydney Berenyi


Zion National Park has seen an increase in tourist visitation, making it another record-breaking year for the park.

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2021 has been the busiest year on record for search and rescue crews in Zion National Park. 

A missing hiker has been found alive following an active search and rescue operation that closed The Narrows in Zion National Park. Officials say the hiker was found with no serious injuries. 

An out-of-state visitor at Zion National Park died after complaining about heat exhaustion. Medics and emergency medical technicians were dispatched to his location on Monday and found him unresponsive.

Due to increased popularity at Zion National Park’s Angels Landing hiking trail, the park is proposing a day-use permit lottery system for hikers in 2022.  The permit would cover the chained section of the trail. Hikers would still be able to walk the West Rim Trail up to Scout Lookout without a permit.

According to Zion National Park officials, the park set a new all-time visitation record in June, shattering the previous record.