A review of how Congress acted on wilderness legislation shows that the National Park System benefited quite nicely during the 111th session, but it could have fared better.
Crews were able to get the east entrance road to Zion National Park repaired and open to traffic Friday, four days after a section was washed out.
Two days after torrential rains forced the closure of Zion National Park, officials on Thursday reopened Zion Canyon, but with some restrictions.
Zion National Park was closed shortly before noon Tuesday as rising flows in the Virgin River posed a threat to the park's infrastructure in Zion Canyon. Both the Zion Lodge and the Watchman Campground were being evacuated, park officials said.
While heavy snows are falling in Utah's snow country, in the southwestern corner of the state heavy rains have been soaking the region. In Zion National Park, those rains led to a washout that has closed the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway inside the park for an undetermined period.