Who We Are

At ParkData, we believe that in order to tackle big problems, the best place to start is by gathering accurate information. Working together with National Parks such as Zions and Bryce Canyon, we've built systems to automate and inform with data on our side, and parks to protect.

Our Work

Client: Zion National Park

Our Work at Zion -

Blazing a new trail in the National Park Service, Zion is partnering with innovative data scientists and students at Dixie State University, Dixie Technical College, and Southern Utah University to document next-level understanding of visitor behavior. Teams of technologists are bringing machine learning, big data, and IoT sensors to document traffic flow at the entrance gates, in parking lots, trail use, and on the park’s shuttle system. During the first phase of their work, the Park Data team has provided Zion with up-to-date information on the number of available parking spots at the Visitor Center, allowing Rangers at entry gates to more effectively redirect vehicles to alternative parking. With a growing dataset, park management is better equipped to make informed decisions based upon predictive analytics, with the flexibility to manage traffic, parking and visitor distribution with live information.

The Park Data project brings the skills of Utah’s technology-centered workforce to make a unique gift of increased and applied data to park management strategies. In partnership with Zion National Park and the Zion Forever Project, the Park Data team seeks to share their findings as they set standards for data collection within National Park units. The heart of this pioneering project centers on helping Zion’s guests plan better, less-crowded experiences at the park and visions the development of a mobile app in the future.

PARKS

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Entrances - Parking - Trails

    Zion research focuses on using AI and Machine learning on entrances and trails. Park Data's first research permit in 2018 and continues today to focus on all aspects of visitor counts.

    Cedar Breaks

    Cedar Breaks

    Entrances - Parking - Trails

      The second Park Data research permit focused on radar road counts able to count cars and snowmobiles. Currently trail and machine learning systems.

      Bryce Canyon

      Bryce Canyon

      Entrances

        Focus at Bryce is centered around machine learning at the entrances.

        Grand Canyon – Parashant

        Grand Canyon – Parashant

        Entrances and Trails

          Work with Grand Canyon - Parashant has focused around wireless access to entrance and trail data.

          Lake Mead

          Lake Mead

          Lake Mead

            Work is beginning on instrumenting the entrances.

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