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Visitors Crowd Into Zion National Park Over Memorial Day

Zion National Park sees huge amounts of visitors for Memorial Day weekend.
Zion National Park

More than 30,000 people crowded to Zion National Park in a single day over Memorial Day weekend as the iconic red-rock landscape at the already crowded park remains highly popular.

Some visitors waited an hour and a half to ride the shuttle in the popular park. Visitation Zion has spiked by 60 percent increase over the last decade, and most people crowd to Zion Canyon, a 6-mile corridor along the Virgin River.

Arches and Canyonlands also drew big holiday-weekend crowds. Superintendent Kate Cannon says the steady surge in visitors is hard on national resources as well as staffers and tourists.