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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Some Zion Park Trails Will Be Closed During Construction

Some popular hiking trails in Zion National Park will be closed on weekdays because of construction work on the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway. Those areas will be open on weekends, unless unusual construction work is needed.

The closure affects the Canyon Overlook and East Rim trails. It also affects the technical canyoneering routes through Pine Creek, Spry and Keyhole.

The National Park Service provided the news release below.

Update on Restrictions for Zion Hikes and Canyons

Date: June 2, 2010
Contact: Ray O'Neil, 435-772-7823

Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that during the reconstruction of the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway (Tunnel Road), all canyons and trails accessed from that road will be unavailable Monday through Friday until the project is completed. Trail and off trail hiking opportunities, and backcountry permits for technical canyons in that area will be available Saturdays and Sundays if no work is occurring. All other areas of the park remain open and accessible. Construction closures will begin June 7 and end by October 28, 2010.

Zion-Mt Carmel Highway (Tunnel Road) CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE:

June 7-October 28

Monday - Friday
9:00am-4:00pm - Closed to travel
4:00pm-9:00am - Open under traffic control
No stopping, parking, bicycles or pedestrians.

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
Open 24 hours, traffic control possible

Parking and day hiking allowed, except in work areas. No bicycles. Permits for technical canyons in the construction zone are available on a walk-up basis. 1 night camping permits available on Saturday night only. All trails, off trail areas and trailheads open unless work is occurring.

Trails affected by the construction are the Canyon Overlook and East Rim. The Canyon Overlook will not be accessible at any time Monday through Friday. Parking is not available Monday through Friday at the East Rim trailhead. The East Rim trail is accessible from the Stave Spring Trailhead, Weeping Rock Trailhead, and the East Mesa Trailhead.

Canyons affected include Pine Creek, Spry and Keyhole. These canyons will not be accessible at any time Monday through Friday. All hikes and canyons will be available on weekends if no work is occurring. Visitors should check the park website ahead of time to make sure there is no construction affecting the area they wish to visit.

Zion National Park will remain open for the duration of the project. People travelling to Zion National Park on State Route 9 from Interstate 15 will be able to enjoy Zion Canyon’s recreational opportunities, access the park shuttle, campgrounds, and Zion Lodge, and frequent the businesses in Springdale without being in the construction area. Visitors traveling from the east on SR 9 can travel to Zion Canyon and Springdale before 9 am and after 4 pm Monday through Friday. The road will be open 24 hours on weekends and holidays.

Updates on the availability of permits for canyoneering routes will be available on the park website at www.nps.gov/zion or by calling the backcountry desk at 435-772-0170. Road information is also available on the website or by calling 435-772-3256 (press 1, then 4).

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