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Contact: Amanda Rowland
SPRINGDALE, UT – On September 15 at 1 pm, a rockfall was reported at the start of the Narrows, about 250 meters past the end of Riverside Walk. The rockfall originated from the Navajo Sandstone. Several cobble-sized blocks came down into the river as well as a plume of sand and dust, indicating that the source came from up high and likely hit a ledge on its way down. The source area may have come down from as high 146 meters. One of the cobble sized blocks hit a visitor. Medics and a search and rescue team were dispatched to the area. The patient, a young adult female, was transported to the hospital. No additional injuries were reported.
The Narrows and Riverside Walk were closed after the rockfall. Immediately after a rockfall occurs, there is an elevated rockfall risk of additional material coming down. Park staff are continuing to assess the area. The Narrows and Riverside Walk will remain closed today, they will re-open tomorrow morning.
While you are hiking in Zion National Park what should you do if you witness a rockfall?
• Be aware of your surroundings, pay attention to warning signs, stay off closed trails, and keep away from cliff edges. If you are at the base of a wall or when a rock fall occurs above, seek shelter immediately behind the largest nearby boulder or move away from the cliff.
• Inform park staff if you witness a rockfall, by calling the Park Information line at 435-772-3256 and/or email information and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org,
• Learn and understand more about rockfalls. Continue to learn about this geologic process happening in national parks that you visit.
Zion National Park experiences rockfalls because of the steep canyon walls and characteristic geology of the area.
Last updated: September 16, 2021