Rockfall Closes Hickman Bridge Trailhead
ROCKFALL CLOSES HICKMAN BRIDGE TRAILHEAD AT CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
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?
Geologist G.K. Gilbert, a member of John Wesley Powell's scientific team, surveyed the Capitol Reef area in 1875. Gilbert mapped a fault line adjacent to Chimney Rock along Utah Highway 24, and a copy of his field sketch is incorporated into the park’s Junior Geologist program. More...