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  1. Doing the Zion Shuttle

  2. Doing the Zion Shuttle • Culturally significant dating back 700AD • Mormon influence beginning in 1858 • Zion National Monument - 1909 • Zion National Park - 1919 • CCC construction 1930’s • Kolob Canyon expansion in 1956 • 229 square miles of park land • Zion – “the promised land”

  3. Zion National Park

  4. Doing the Zion Shuttle • Problem: impacts to roads/parking; soundscape; wildlife; soil and vegetation • Management Strategies: reduce the impact of use; harden the resource • Management Practices: facility development/ site design/maintenance; rules and regulations; spatial and temporal zoning

  5. Doing the Zion Shuttle • In the late 1990’s as many as 5,000 cars entered the Canyon each day, competing for the area’s 450 parking spaces • In 2000, 30 propane-powered “double” shuttle buses, each holding 66 people (or the equivalent of about 25 cars)

  6. What would Ed say??? • “There may be some…who virtually identify quantity with quality and therefore assume that the greater the quantity of traffic, the higher the value received.” • “lock up their automobiles and continue their tour on the seats of good workable bicycles” • “we’ll stretch a point…and let them ride the shuttle buses.”

  7. Doing the Zion Shuttle • Hiking the Subway (10:00) • Flash flood (:40) • Hiking the Narrows (2:50)