Zion National Park proposes to redesign the south entrance monument site and the adjacent parking area in order to enhance visitor safety, expand cultural resource protection measures, and help mitigate factors contributing to vehicle congestion experienced at the south entrance. The monument has become a renowned park feature enjoyed by travelers from around the globe and has been a favored backdrop for millions of visitors’ photographs at the entrance for over 80 years.
The proposed project would move the monument approximately 28 feet east from its original location but would remain in-line with the park boundary. A monument plaza would be installed around the relocation site as well as a walkway on the eastern edge of the monument parking area. The monument parking area would also be restructured.
The Park will prepare an Environmental Assessment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act to provide a decision-making framework that explores a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, evaluate potential issues and impacts to park resources and values, and identify mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of the impact.
The National Park Service encourages public participation during the process, and the public is invited to help identify concerns and to express any ideas or comments regarding the reconfiguration of the south entrance monument site.
Additional information on the proposed project is available at parkplanning.nps.gov/zion, where comments can also be left. Comments can also be made through U.S. mail by writing to Superintendent, Attention: South Entrance Monument EA, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 28.