3 people injured by rockfall in Zion National Park

Three people were injured by rockfall in Zion National Park late Saturday afternoon. Photo Courtesy: Zion National Park

SPRINGDALE, Utah, Aug. 25, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Three people were injured by rockfall in Zion National Park late Saturday afternoon.

“The park was notified of a large rockfall near Weeping Rock shuttle stop in the main canyon at 5:50 p.m.,” said a news release from the park on Facebook.

“A substantial piece of rock had broken off Cable Mountain, approximately 3,000 feet above Weeping Rock. The rockfall hit the closed East Rim Trail, knocking down trees and showering visitors at Weeping Rock with smaller rocks, branches, and a plume of dust and sand.”

Shuttles along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive were stopped for approximately 90 minutes as the dust settled.

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Three visitors were injured, with one transported to the hospital by park ambulance, the news release said. Several people were temporarily stranded at the end of Weeping Rock Trail for a short time, but they were able to self-rescue.

The Weeping Rock Trail and Weeping Rock shuttle stop, stop seven, are closed until further notice. The Echo Canyon and Observation Point Canyon canyoneering routes are also closed, as is the East Rim Trail from Observation Point to Weeping Rock.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

Three people were injured by rockfall in Zion National Park late Saturday afternoon.  Photo Courtesy: Zion National Park

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