• 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?

Mule Deer, Doe, standing in a meadow

Mule Deer lack the digestive juices of omnivores or carnivores, and rely on enzymes present in green plant material to digest their food. Feeding deer picnic fare causes hyper-enlargement of their pancreas, and can result in death. Please do not feed wildlife!