Rock Fall Keeps Zion National Park Road Closed Into Weekend

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The Associated Press, September 25, 2015

SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — Officials at southern Utah's Zion National Park say a road near the park's east entrance will remain closed into the weekend after a rock fall left large boulders blocking the road.

Zion officials say the rockslide occurred on State Route 9, known as the Zion- Mount Carmel Highway, around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No injuries were reported.

Park officials say the largest boulder weighs 200 tons and is about 20 feet long, 15 feet wide and 19 feet fall.

Crews will have to use heavy machinery to clear the roadway and are checking the cliffs above to see if there's a risk of more rock falls.

The road connects the park's main Zion Canyon with an east entrance.

Park officials say rock falls happen occasionally in that area.

Visitors can use alternative routes to enter the park.


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