Zion National Park warns of closures ahead of busy holiday weekend


ZION NATIONAL PARK (News4Utah) – Due to recent storm damage, several trails are closed at Utah’s most popular national park.

The wildly-popular Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park was closed after a storm caused severe damage to the trail. The storm washed out a retaining wall and destroyed check dams built more than 100 years ago to protect the trail.

Crews have hauled up about 90 cubic yards of rock to build four new check dams to protect the trail from the next storms. 

While the work site is scenic, park officials said it can be challenging getting building materials to the area. All material must be hauled on the trail about 1 mile and up 660 feet or about 55 flights of stairs. (That’s twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, pedestal included!)

Crews use “small tracked vehicles and some very fit and skilled staff to do the work safely, in a way that protects the historic aspects of the trail and the magnificence of the canyon,” said park officials on a post on Thursday. 

Park officials said they anticipate the Angels Landing Trail will re-open in mid to late September.

The Hidden Canyon trail was closed following a rockfall on Tuesday. It is expected to remain closed until September 5. 

Other trail closures include Upper Emerald Pools, Kayenta Trail, and the West Rim Trail from Grotto to Cabin Spring.  Repairs are underway. Park officials said they will be opened “as soon as it is safe to do so.” 

Zion-Mount Carmel Highway closing half days September 5 & 6 for road repair

Zion visitors should also be aware that the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through Zion National Park, connecting State Route 9 between Springdale and Mt. Carmel Junction will temporarily close September 5 and 6, 2018, 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for emergency repairs to the asphalt roadway and historic road guard walls.

The roadway and guard walls were damaged in several places when a monsoonal storm pounded the park with three inches of rain in three hours.  Officials say the road repairs are necessary to help prevent further damage.

Alternate east and west routes are available via Highway 59 from Hurricane, Utah to Fredonia, Arizona and Highway 14 from Cedar City, Utah to Long Valley Junction and Highway 89. People coming to the park may access the park by traveling east on State Route 9 from Interstate 15. All park facilities including the visitor center, museum, campgrounds, and shuttle buses will be open and operating as normal in Zion Canyon.

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