Hidden Canyon Trail (NPS photo)
(Springdale, UT) - Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth announced Thursday that the Hidden Canyon Trail is currently closed due to a rock slide that occurred on Wednesday evening, July 25 at 5:30 PM. The rock slide covered a narrow section of the trail with debris trapping 11 park visitors for approximately three hours. Once the debris movement settled, park rangers were able to set up a rope line and provided the stranded visitors with helmets and helped them out of the canyon. There were no injuries due to the rock slide or rescue efforts.
The rock slide was active again overnight, depositing nearly six feet of debris on a narrow and steep section of the trail, which made it impassable, prompting the closure of the trail. Work to remove the debris will begin early next week assuming the area has completely stabilized.
The Hidden Canyon Trail will remain closed until further notice.