Zion rockfall closes highway through national park at tunnel

Zion rockfall closes highway through national park at tunnel (Photo: U.S. Department of Interior)

(KUTV) The highway through Zion National Park is closed until further notice because of a rock fall.

The U.S. Department of Interior said the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway that connects Utah State Route 9 between Spingdale, Utah and Mt. Carmel Junction was closed Friday by an intermittent or sometimes continuous rock debris falling near the roadway.

A debris was made of heavy sand and rock, falling near the west tunnel entrance along the highway. The road will remain closed until hazzard geologists, from the Utah Geological Survey, can give the site further evaluation. When the fall has stopped and officials deem it safe, the road will open again according to a news release.

Those traveling east or west in the area can use alternate routes. Highway 59 from Hurricane, Utah to Fredonia, Arizona and Highway 14 from Cedar City, Utah to Long Valley Junction and Highway 89 are options.

Those heading to the park can access the Zion entrance by traveling east on Utah State Route 9 from Interstate 15.

The facilities in the park remain open including the visitor center, campgrounds, shuttle buses and the park's museum. Buses are operating as normal in Zion Canyon. Kolob Canyon facilities and Kolob Terrace are open as usual.