• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Rockfall Closes Hickman Bridge Trailhead

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Date: April 1, 2013


A significant rockfall occurred at the Hickman Bridge Trailhead off Utah Highway 24 during the early morning hours of Saturday, March 23.  Several hundred tons of material fell, blocking the only trail access to Hickman Bridge.  One rock was the size of a large automobile.  The trailhead was officially closed upon discovery of the rockfall.

Material from the cliff continued to fall throughout the weekend.  The park has solicited assistance in assessing the safety of the area, including the need for mitigating loose rock overhead.

With the spring visitor season underway, the park is working as quickly as possible to re-open the trail without putting any park staff or visitors at risk.

Did You Know?

Hiker resting under a tree, enjoying the shade

Excessive consumption of water during prolonged strenuous exertion can flush critical salts from your body and cause an electrolyte imbalance. Include sports drinks and/or salty snacks in your diet during long desert hikes.