Thunderstorms dropped from 1½ – 2 inches of rain this morning and early afternoon in the park causing numerous debris flows of rocks and mud across portions of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and the Zion–Mt. Carmel Highway (State Route 9). Park maintenance staff was able to remove the debris from some the roadways and safely reopen them to park visitors. Road crews discovered a significant washout on the road near the small tunnel on the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway (State Route 9) and are assessing the damage. This section of road is expected to reopen later tonight or early tomorrow.
All park facilities in Zion National Park are open including the visitor centers, museum, campgrounds and Zion Lodge. The Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive will remain closed until road crews can clear debris from the road. The Zion Canyon Shuttle system is operating in both the park and neighboring Springdale. There have been no injuries reported from this incident.