Cottonwood canyons partially closed for several days for avalanche control

Apr 8, 2023, 7:52 PM | Updated: Apr 10, 2023, 10:01 am

A UDOT truck blocking off the road up Big Cottonwood Canyon (Utah Department of Transportation)...

A UDOT truck blocking off the road up Big Cottonwood Canyon (Utah Department of Transportation)

(Utah Department of Transportation)

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — State Route 190 will be closed in Big Cottonwood Canyon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday due to “unprecedented” avalanche hazards.

The Utah Department of Transportation said both directions of traffic would be closed between the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon to Cardiff Fork. Local travel will be allowed above Cardiff Fork.

Big Cottonwood Canyon was closed due to a wet slide that covered the road Saturday afternoon. It reopened around 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, Little Cottonwood Canyon temporarily reopened for travelers on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. due to avalanche danger.

State Route 210 was open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday before shutting down again until approximately 7 p.m. The state agency also said roadside parking is forbidden and to prepare for the worse.

Little Cottonwood Canyon closed again Monday morning with no estimated time for reopening.

“The potential exists for large, destructive avalanches that could affect infrastructure and/or damage buildings,” UDOT said. “Travelers should be prepared for prolonged closures of multiple days for SR-210 and adjust plans accordingly.”

If you want frequent updates on the canyons, you can follow UDOT on Twitter.

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Cottonwood canyons partially closed for several days for avalanche control