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S.R. 9 reopens in Zion National Park after it was closed due to rockfall

Nov 12, 2021, 11:33 AM | Updated: 5:36 pm
A sign hangs at the  entrance to Zion National Park on May 14, 2020 in Springdale, Utah. (Photo by ...
A sign hangs at the entrance to Zion National Park on May 14, 2020 in Springdale, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SPRINGDALE, Utah — State Route 9 has reopened in Zion National Park after crews cleared a rockfall west of the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.

No injuries were reported following the rockfall, which occurred early Friday morning. No vehicles were damaged and the road to Zion Canyon remained open and accessible to tourists via the park’s shuttle system.

S.R. 9 was closed from Canyon Junction to the east end of the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel as maintenance workers removed the fallen rock and assessed the condition of the road, according to officials with the National Park Service.

Visitors traveling from east of Zion were advised to follow alternate routes to arrive at the park’s south entrance.

(NPS)

“The National Park Service will reopen the road as soon as it is safe to do so,” park officials said. “The rest of the park remains open.”

A press release was sent out just after 4:30 p.m. Friday saying the road had reopened to traffic.

Park officials said oversized vehicles — including RVs, large trailers, busses, etc. — will not be allowed through the area for the remainder of the day.

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S.R. 9 reopens in Zion National Park after it was closed due to rockfall