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Rock slide at Zion closes road
The Zion Scenic Drive is closed just north of the Zion Lodge. At approximately 6 p.m. last Friday night, a large rock and debris slide occurred just north of the Grotto, covering both lanes on Scenic Drive. The slide was about the size of four car lengths (approximately 200 tons of rock and debris), covering both lanes, and making it impassable by vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.
At the time of the slide, 12 vehicles were on the opposite side of the slide. In collaboration with Zion Lodge personnel, all but one party were shuttled to their respective hotels. The party that elected to remain in their vehicle had adequate provisions for the night, and was evacuated Saturday.
Visitors are not allowed to walk past the Grotto. The Temple of Sinawava and Weeping Rock trailheads are closed. Saturation remains a concern and further slides are possible throughout the park. The Lower Emerald Pools Trail and part of Sand Bench Trail are both closed due to other landslides.
With the road closed at the Lodge, there will limited parking at Zion. Road crews and geologists must allow the area to dry out and assess the damage before removing the debris, making repairs, and re-opening roadway.