Zion National Park
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.
Zion National Park, which receives quite a bit of sunshine throughout the year, is turning more of those glorious rays into energy to help reduce the park's carbon footprint.
A schedule change revolving around the upcoming rehabilitation work on the trail leading to Angels Landing in Zion National Park means the trail will only be closed for one day this week, not two as originally planned, according to park officials.
Armed with only a headlamp and determination, an injured canyoneer in Zion National Park managed to save himself and two buddies after the three were washed down canyon by a flash flood.
With the latest change in the schedule of construction along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through the eastern side of Zion National Park, access to some hiking trails has gotten better.
In response to the concerns of local businesses, Zion National Park officials have rearranged the road closure schedule for work on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway on the eastern side of the park.