Summer trail closures in Zion National Park begin

Trail crews using motorized wheelbarrows, Zion National Park, Utah, circa 2009-2013 | Photo courtesy of James Brown, St. George News

ZION NATIONAL PARK – The Zion National Park trail crew will begin a multi-year project to rehabilitate several of the trails out of the Weeping Rock shuttle area during the summer of 2014. Trail work will begin Monday.

Read St. George News full story on the trail renovation and history:  Nearly 100-year-old trails get major rehab, Zion National Park

From June 16 through the end of September, the Hidden Canyon Trail and portions of the East Rim and Observation Point trails will be closed for several days each week to allow newly-poured concrete to dry. Concrete pouring will occur on Monday or Tuesday of each week, which should allow the trail to be open most weekends.

The trail crew will also repair retaining walls on the Hidden Canyon Trail this summer beginning as early as July 7. Once the work begins, the Hidden Canyon Trail will remain closed until the end of the project, which should be no later than the end of August.

Trail work is also planned for the Canyon Overlook Trail during the months of September and October, which will lead to Monday through Thursday trail closures.

Please note that dates may change as the project gets closer and progresses. Please check the Zion National Park website for updated information.

This project is funded by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Funding Program, which uses funds collected from the park entrance and use fees to complete park maintenance projects, and public service programs.

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