- Sep 22, 2016
Glad we went there on our second desert trip in October 2005! I recall the trail being a bit busy, but there were only a couple of others at the top during the 45 minutes or so that we spent eating lunch. We returned to Zion in 2014 and noted how much busier it was, prompting more time spent on the eastside, and in neighbouring areas out of the park.
Here in Alberta, over the past 5 years we had noticed a steady increase in visitation to both the tourist spots and backcountry in the nearby national parks (Banff, Kootenay, Yoho) as well as in provincial parks and pretty much anywhere else offering outdoor recreational opportunities. Covid accelerated that, but I'm not convinced that things will subside much in the future.