Award Date

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History

Department

History

Advisor 1

Andrew Kirk, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

Eugene Moehring

Second Committee Member

Raquel Casas

Graduate Faculty Representative

Alan H. Simmons

Number of Pages

151

Abstract

Shuttle to Serenity focuses on the history of the Zion National Park transportation system's planning, construction and implementation process. It details the unfavorable conditions in pre-shuttle Zion and shows how the shuttle has drastically improved the visitor experience and park environment since operations began in May 2000. The thesis also chronicles the groundbreaking partnership between Springdale, the gateway community, and Zion National Park, which proved vital in the shuttle implementation process. Ultimately, Shuttle to Serenity demonstrates that public transportation systems in national parks align the NPS with its mandate to preserve the natural beauty of each park for the enjoyment of future generations, thus welding together the two formerly competing directives of the 1916 Organic Act that established the National Park Service - visitor access and scenic preservation.

Keywords

Environmental impact; National Park Service; Park shuttles; Transportation; Visitor experience; Zion National Park

Disciplines

United States History

Language

English


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