Zion National Park, Utah

Sometimes it feels as if Zion is as tall as it is wide. This National Park has experienced challenges because of its unique structure: a canyon that permits only one road in and out. As a result, traffic is limited to a shuttle system that transports visitors to the different destinations. This logistical challenge and how the system has been designed to cope with and protect Zion is an opportunity to study design in action—design that protects environment instead of harming it. xdMFA will visit Zion to learn how design affects and engages sacred places and harsh environments, all with tourism very alive at its center.