Press Release (ePRNews.com) - LAS VEGAS - Apr 17, 2017 - Zion Canyon National Park is experiencing a boom in tourism. Just a few years ago, parks across the country were experiencing issues due to a need for federal funding in order to cover maintenance costs to be justified by tourism levels. It was difficult to justify the expenses when looking at how many tourists visited each park yearly. An advertising campaign called “Find Your Park” increased tourism rates at nearly all national parks, but Zion benefited far more than the rest. Increases in tourist numbers at Zion Canyon grew so much that the park has now begun an effort to explore solutions to overcrowding, and how to encourage visitation to nearby parks like Bryce Canyon instead of Zion. As of the writing of this article, there have been no real shifts that would result in tourism at the park being reduced.
The real question is “why are numbers up at Zion more than other parks?” The answer may actually be found in its proximity to Las Vegas. Zion is only a short 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas, as opposed to most other parks in the area being roughly 4 hours drive. This fact may be one of the major contributing factors because Las Vegas itself is a tourist attraction. Every year, millions of travelers venture to Las Vegas for the obvious reasons, and a percentage of those travelers also plan a trip to nearby Zion Canyon in the middle of that vacation. Others fly into Las Vegas specifically for the trip to Zion, as Las Vegas offers generally cheaper and more plentiful flights in and out than other major cities that are within driving distance to the park. Las Vegas also offers far more restaurant and hotel choices to fit any budget. The fact is that because national parks are remote, you are going to have to drive to get to them. You are going to need a starting place if you do not personally live within that driving distance, and that starting place needs to be able to provide what you need for a price within your budget. Las Vegas does all these things, and is the perfect starting point for a Zion trip because it is also the closest city to the park.
Many companies provide tours to Zion Canyon leaving from Las Vegas as a result of this popularity. Companies like Bindlestiff Tours https://www.bindlestifftours.com/package/national-parks-t… will transport you in comfort from your hotel room to the park, then guide you through the best activities once you get there. This may be the best option for a Zion tour, as you do not have to worry about the drive, and can spend your time resting for the exploration.