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Landslide Closes Hidden Canyon Trail

A teenager recently asked me, “Do big rocks fall ever fall down here?” Looking around most anyplace in Zion, and you can see that MANY big rocks have fallen from the canyon walls over time. Because we seldom see rockfall, however, it’s easy to forget where all the boulders on the ground came from. When the Hidden Canyon slide happened last week, it was a great reminder that geology happens all the time… even on actively used trails, in the middle of the day. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Thanks to Zion’s rangers for helping the stranded hikers out, and for the inevitable work that will need to be done to restore the Hidden Canyon Trail. Until then… it’s a good thing there are lots of other 5-star trail to hike around here. Here’s the news release from the Park Service: Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth announced today that the Hidden Canyon Trail is currently closed due to a rockslide that occurred on Wednesday evening, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. The rockslide covered a narrow section of the trail with debris trapping 11 park visitors behind it for approximately three hours. Once the debris movement settled down, park rangers set … Continue reading

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Assorted Zion Notes and Updates

Some informational tidbits for first-time and long-time visitors alike: • Middle Emerald Pools trail will be closed all summer. This information is clearly included on the park map in the *new* ZNP summer guide just printed this week and available from the Park. Evidently, the hillside next to the trail is still moving and unsafe. Hikers can still access the trail to the Upper Pool by connecting via the Lower Pool and the Kayenta Trail… you don’t really miss too much. • Menu Falls is currently closed. Menu Falls is a special little spot, unmarked by any sign, but often discovered by bikers on their way up to the Temple of Sinewava. Anyhow, there was a rock slide Monday night (big rocks that blocked the road, moved now but stopped shuttle traffic for a bit) that damaged part of the upper platform, so the Falls are closed until proper repairs can be made. • The Canyon Overlook parking lot will only be open to traffic coming through the tunnel and closed to traffic coming from the East side. East side traffic will have to park in the pullout on the right before the tunnel as they will not be allowed to … Continue reading

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Zion Reopens After 3-Day Closure

Zion National Park press release from yesterday. If you are in the Park or coming soon, check out this release and/or stop in at the Visitor’s Center to ascertain which trails are open and which aren’t quite open yet. The largest inconvenience for most visitors will be the road closure on the East Side, preventing thru-access to Mount Carmel and State Route 89. Zion National Park News Release December 23, 2010 For Immediate Release Ron Terry 435 772-0160 10-66 Zion Canyon Reopens The Zion Canyon section of Zion National Park reopened to the public on Thursday morning. Some trails remain closed until a damage assessment and necessary repairs can be completed. The National Park Service has completed an assessment of roads and facilities following the recent storm. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive has been reopened with a short section of one lane traffic south of the Court of the Patriarchs. Watchman Campground has been reopened and the Zion Lodge will be reopening at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 23. The Pa’rus Trail along the Virgin River is open. Upper Emerald Pools is accessible only via the Kayenta Trail from the Grotto. Lower and Middle Emerald Pools trails are closed due … Continue reading

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