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Contact: David Eaker, 435-77207811
Contact: Ray O'Neil, 435-772-7823
Zion National Park will temporarily close a portion of the West Rim Trail for maintenance beginning Monday, October 1. The closure will run through at least Sunday, October 7 and possibly longer if necessary. The trail closure will be from the Grotto, in Zion Canyon, to West Rim Spring (Cabin Spring) on the West Rim Trail. This closure will also include the popular Angels Landing Trail which is accessed from the closed portion of the West Rim Trail. The Kayenta Trail will remain open. Hikers will be able to access the West Rim Trail from Lava Point to West Rim Spring, including all the backcountry campsites, though they must return the same way to Lava Point. No through hikes from Lava Point to the Grotto will be allowed during the closure period.
These closures are due to trail maintenance that is needed on the lower portion of the West Rim Trail. This section of the trail is heavily used by park visitors during the busy summer season and has not received any significant maintenance for many years. Sections of old concrete will be removed and new concrete will be poured in its place. Much of this work will be accomplished with the use of a helicopter due to the site’s location and the park’s desire to get the trail rehabilitation completed as soon as possible. Once the new concrete is poured it will take several days for it to cure. In some narrow sections of the trail there is no way to avoid the newly poured concrete so the trail will remain closed until it is fully cured.
The park regrets any inconvenience that these temporary closures may have on visitors. The needed trail maintenance was scheduled to avoid the busy summer season and to occur before temperatures become to low for the concrete to cure properly. These and other planned trail maintenance measures in the park will allow visitors to be better able to safely enjoy the scenic beauty of Zion.