Free shuttle service into and within Bryce Canyon NP announced

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    Free shuttle service into and within Bryce Canyon NP announcedIt is not always easy to visit some of our national parks in an RV where parking is often limited and traffic is heavy. But Red Canyon Transit has announced that it will resume its free scheduled bus service into and within Bryce Canyon National Park beginning April 14. The Rainbow Point Tour, a free tour to the southern end of the park that operates two times a day, will begin operating the same day, reports the St. George News.

    The Bryce Canyon Shuttle is free with a park pass or entrance permit. The early season service will operate every 15 minutes starting at 8 a.m. at the shuttle station in Bryce Canyon City. The last bus of the day will depart the shuttle station at 5:30 p.m. each day to go into the park, with the last departure leaving the park from the visitor center daily at 6:15 p.m.


    Early season bus service will continue through May 18. Peak season service will begin May 19, with more frequent service and longer hours. The Bryce Canyon Shuttle will continue through the season until Oct. 29.

    Like most national parks and monuments in the West, Bryce Canyon National Park has been experiencing record visitation in recent years. The free shuttle service is provided by the park to provide visitors with an easy way to see the park without the challenges associated with the limited parking.

    “Sometimes visitors spend more time hunting for parking than they do at the overlooks,” Brian Cambria of Red Canyon Transit said. “On some days, parking can fill up well before noon. We encourage everyone to park at the shuttle station and ride the free bus. Our professional, friendly, experienced drivers help visitors feel welcome and have more time to do the things they come for.”

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    Tommy Molnar

    We visited Bryce about five years ago – and it was a nightmare THEN. We camped with friends outside the park and drove several miles TO the park. The park itself was amazing, but in order to see any of this “amazing”, we cruised around looking for a parking space for quite some time. This bus thing sounds like a lifesaver. We’ll most likely never be back, but for those going the first time, it sounds like the answer . . .

    BO

    As a visitor who used the shuttle at Bryson, I would highly recommend it. Our driver was a wealth of knowledge!
    We got the kind of information that one would not get in the brochure or signage. Most of the stops gave us plenty of time for photos and viewing.

    After a summer of fighting for parking (which often meant a long walk to the site even after parking) and hordes of hyper tourists, I wish all of the parks would offer the service.

    And as much as I love my RVing friends, the one thing we absolutely hated (almost as much as those huge tourist buses! lol) was the high number of rental RVs maneuvering through already overcrowded parks (many driven by first-time RVers, I suspect!) In at least one park, traffic must be stopped for an RV to pass through. That situation will undoubtedly get worse before it gets better. Definitely will be taking the bus when I can!