Zion Visitor Centers
Located at Zion's south entrance, the Zion Canyon Visitor Center serves as the park's information and transportation hub. The visitor center features interpretive displays that highlight the park's attractions, hiking trails, zion animals, zion national park plants, history and geology, as well as an information desk staffed with rangers happy to answer visitors' questions about the park. The building's shady patio hosts daily ranger presentations from April to September. Outside the visitor center is the pickup point of the Zion Canyon Shuttle, a free, mandatory bus system that provides visitor access to Zion Canyon from April to October. The visitor center itself is an excellent example of sustainable design. It is an energy-efficient building that saves energy and operating expenses through its natural ventilation system, passive down-draft cool towers, passive solar heating, Trombe walls, and solar panels. The park's backcountry office, where hikers can obtain permits for backcountry hikes, is inside the visitor center. Handicap accessible restrooms and water fountains are located on the visitor center grounds.
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