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Second rockfall in 2 days lengthens trail closure at Zion National Park

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 22:54:29-04

ZION NATIONAL PARK — A portion of Zion National Park remained closed due to a rockfall that occurred in the same area on Monday and Tuesday.

The rockfall forced Zion NP officials to close the East Rim Trailhead Monday, which includes access to Hidden Canyon, Observation Point “and all technical canyons that would start at Weeping Rock,” a tweet from the park said.

On Tuesday, park officials said another rockfall had occurred in the same area, causing the trailhead to remain closed in the area until at least July 5.

“The rockfall occurred in the chains section, covering approximately 45 feet of trail in 1.5 feet of sand, Zion National Park said in a statement. “The trail will remain closed until a hazard geologist examines the situation and the trail can be cleared.”

All other trails in the park were still open Tuesday.

A picture of the rockfall on the trail can be seen below:

Photo courtesy Zion National Park
July 7, 2018