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Zion National Park’s Mount Carmel Highway back open after rockfall

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Sep 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-26 19:59:30-04

SPRINGDALE, Utah – Traffic is flowing through Zion National Park as usual  Sunday after being shut down early Wednesday morning because of rock fall.

The boulders blocked both lanes and weighed over 200 tons each, they were broken into smaller pieces with a hoe-ram and than cleared.

Zion road crews also determined there were more giant boulders on the cliff above that were in danger of falling.

Those were blasted off Saturday and all debris was cleared by Sunday allowing the road to reopen.

“We want to thank all the people who have been affected by the road closure for their patience as we tried to get the road reopened as soon as it was safe to do so”, said Zion National Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh.  “The safety of the visiting public and our staff is of the utmost importance to us.”