Zion National Park Highway reopens after falling rocks cause closure

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ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -The Zion-Mount Carmel highway through Zion National Park is officially open again on Saturday.

“Put in some jersey barriers in to help contain any debris from getting on the road, it’s going to continue to fall, but we’ve got it contained enough in order to have traffic flow as normal,” said John Marciano, Public Information Officer at Zion National Park.

The Highway through Zion National Park, connecting State Route 9 between Springdale and Mt. Carmel Junction closed Friday after falling rock and heavy sand continued to fall near the west tunnel entrance. Park officials deemed it unsafe.

“Safety is paramount to us for all are employers, for all park visitors, anyone who comes to the park, protecting resource at the park and ensuring the visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience here,” said Marciano.

The road is opening back up just in time for what could be a record breaking day on Memorial Day. Last year, Zion National Park had the busiest day in its history.

John Marciano
Zion National Park Spokesperson
“That was the most we’ve ever had here at the park and we had 70,000 in a 3 day period and 29,000 in one particular day,” said Marciano.

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