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Five Hour Road Closure in Zion National Park on Monday, 11/29

This may be the last gasp of the East Side road project closures. It may be inconvenient for a few Monday travelers, but I’m glad to see the brand new road in place and ready to go. Considerate of the Park to offer the all the different options for alternative routes. They left out one route, a good one for off-road-friendly trucks: Bridge Road in Rockville leads to the Smithsonian Butte Road, which takes you up the mesa, around Smithsonian Butte, and over to SR 59 connecting Hurricane, UT with Fredonia, AZ. A good choice for a scenic, if athletic, shortcut. Date: November 24, 2010 Contact: Ron Terry, 435-772-0160 Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that the section of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway within Zion National Park is scheduled to be closed on Monday, November 29, from noon until 5 p.m. The closure is necessary to allow fog sealing of sections of the newly surfaced road. The project will occur unless the weather prohibits it. The road will close at the park’s East Entrance and at the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at noon. Before noon, all vehicles must be past these closure points and moving out of the … Continue reading

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Zion on a Core Strand – The Frugal Traveler’s Guide

Climbing season is here, and I just hosted my first carload of weekend warriors, showing them around, getting out to some amazing multi-pitch climbs, and, of course, filling my living room with dirty but grateful climbing friends. I LOVE that more and more people are exploring Zion, but I only have so much couch space, so I feel obliged to pass on a few tips toward pulling off the dirtbag lifestyle here in Zion. LEAVE NO TRACE First, let’s discuss impact. There is a lot of room to be carefree, to find your own way, to get out into wilderness, but in order to maintain and protect such freedoms, we must act as stewards to our Parks and public lands. I have always liked the Leave No Trace motto, “Making your mark is overrated.” The reality is that to continue enjoying places like Zion, we need to recognize our potential impact, and respect the environment and others who are here to enjoy pristine wilderness. A minimum-impact guidelines to keep in mind: • Sleep only in established campsites, unless you are at least ½ mile away from any road • Walking only on established trails or drainage bottoms is key to … Continue reading

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