Zion-Mount Carmel Highway reopens after rock fall caused closure

Posted at 9:20 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 18:33:24-04

081016 Boulder at Zion

UPDATE: The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway reopened Friday after a rock fall Wednesday caused a partial closure.

According to Friday’s press release, the rock fall has been cleared and all normal traffic flow in the park has resumed.

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SPRINGDALE, Utah — Severe weather led to some road closures in southern Utah Wednesday, and a massive boulder that fell onto a roadway has prompted the closure of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway/State Route 9.

The road is closed between Canyon Junction and the East entrance to Zion National Park.

According to a press release, a significant rock fall on the switchback near Pine Creek Bridge is blocking both sides of the road. Experts are working to make a plan to remove the boulder, and the road will remain closed until it is deemed safe to reopen.

The Scenic Drive and Zion Canyon remain open, and shuttle services are running on the normal schedule.

The rock fall was part of larger weather issues Wednesday, click here for details.