Falling rock closes highway through Zion Nat’l Park

Photo courtesy: National Park Service

SPRINGDALE, Utah, May 19, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through Zion National Park, connecting State Route 9 between Springdale and Mount Carmel Junction is temporarily closed.

According to a park news release Friday, “a continuous stream of heavy sand and rock debris is falling near the west tunnel entrance along the Zion Mount Carmel Highway.”

Park officials have closed the road until Utah Geological Survey hazard geologists can inspect the site and evaluate the danger. The road will be reopened when it is deemed safe.

The release states:

“Alternate east and west routes are available via Highway 59 from Hurricane, Utah, to Fredonia, Arizona, and Highway 14 from Cedar City, Utah, to Long Valley Junction and Highway 89. People coming to the Park may access the Park by traveling east on State Route 9 from Interstate 15. All Park facilities including the visitor center, museum, campgrounds, and shuttle buses are open and operating as normal in Zion Canyon. The Kolob Canyons facilities and Kolob Terrace are open as usual.”

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