Zion National Park reopens, but future flooding remains 'probable'

Posted at 3:16 PM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 14:10:32-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — The chances of continued flooding remain probable for Zion National Park on Wednesday, a day after the park and surrounding areas were hit with flash floods and mudslides.

PHOTOS: Flooding, hail cause issues near Zion and surrounding areas

The National Weather Service says the Flash Flood rating for the park stands at "probable." The same rating applies for Capitol Reef National Park, Glen Canyon Recreation Area and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Flash Flood potential Wednesday

According to park service officials, Zion will be in modified operations Wednesday as the cleanup continues. SR-9 has reopened, along with the park's south and east entrances, visitor center, park store and shuttle operations in Zion Canyon.

Watchman Trail is closed due to trail damage.

Delays are expected at the park as crews work to clear debris from areas affected by Tuesday's flooding. Visitors should expect delays and potential closures of trails and parking areas throughout the day. Officials say the oversized vehicle lot is closed until further notice.

Because of the potential for more flooding, the park is warning visitors about the dangers caused by the weather. They advise against entering a narrow canyon when bad weather threatens.

Cable Mountain Lodge
Mud-filled parking lot outside the Cable Mountain Lodge near Zion National Park

On Tuesday, SR-9 was closed due to flooding, along with all narrows and canyons inside the park.

Parts of southern Utah experience flash floods, mudslides

Park officials tweeted late Tuesday that there was an "active" and "technical" search and rescue effort in the area, but no further details were given.

Zion received "a little over an inch of rain in an hour," the park wrote in an update Tuesday night. Park officials are asking the public to avoid the area as they work to clear the debris.

Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop said there are a lot of basements that have been flooded and that water is coming off the mountains, but that everyone is safe. Jessop shared video with FOX 13 of flooding around the area.

Hilldale Flooding

Hilldale Flooding Video