More popular trails in Zion National Park close due to flooding, rockfall

Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion National Park. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia
SPRINGDALE, Utah, July 22, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A number of popular trails in Zion National Park have closed indefinitely due to rockfalls and flooding, officials said Sunday.

A rockfall, mainly consisting of sand and small rocks, came down on Hidden Canyon Trail late Friday afternoon, Zion National Park officials said in a news release on Facebook.

No one was injured, the news release said. Two similar rockfalls occurred in the same area on July 2 and July 4, covering approximately 45 feet of trail in one-and-a-half feet of sand.

Hidden Canyon Trail will remain closed until a hazard geologist examines the situation and the trail can be safely cleared.

Angels Landing, Kayenta Trail, Upper Emerald Pools Trail, West Rim Trail from the Grotto trailhead to Cabin Spring, and the terminus of Lower Emerald Pools Trail also remain closed due to major rockfalls that occurred on July 11. Park staff and engineers continue to identify strategies to fix or re-route the trails safely, the news release said.

Four flash flood warnings were issued in five days in the days leading up to July 11, the news release said, and rainfall received on that day produced the largest flood since 2011, increasing the flow volume of the river by nearly 200x.
“If you plan a hike such as the Narrows from July-Sept., have a backup plan,” a news release from the park said. “There are many trails and locations in Zion which are better options during flood risks.”

It is not advised to enter any narrow canyon when there is a chance of rain or a possibility of a flood, officials said. 

Weeping Rock, East Rim Trail, Observation Point Trail, Cable Mountain Trail and Deer Trap are still open.

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For more information on the park and current conditions, click here.


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