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3 visitors injured in rock fall at Zion

A piece of rock broke off a mountain, sent smaller rocks, branches and sand showering onto park guests, officials say

Three people were injured in a rockfall near the Weeping Rock shuttle stop at Zion National Park on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.
Three people were injured in a rockfall near the Weeping Rock shuttle stop at Zion National Park on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.
National Park Service

ZION NATIONAL PARK — Three visitors were injured Saturday afternoon in a rockfall in Zion National Park, officials said.

The rockfall occurred at 5:50 p.m. near the Weeping Rock shuttle stop in the main canyon, according to a statement from park officials. A “substantial” piece of rock broke off Cable Mountain, which sits about 3,000 feet above Weeping Rock.

The rockfall caused trees and smaller rocks, branches and “a plume of dust and sand” to shower onto visitors in the area, officials said.

One of the injured visitors needed to be taken to a hospital by ambulance. Information about the extent of that person’s injuries was not available Sunday.

Several other people were for a short time stuck at the end of the Weeping Rock Trail but were able to get out on their own.

Shuttles along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive waited about an hour and a half to resume services once the dust settled, according to the statement.

The Weeping Rock Trail and Weeping Rock shuttle stop remained closed Sunday until further notice. The Echo Canyon and Observation Point Canyon canyoneering routes were also closed, as well as the East Rim Trail from Observation Point to Weeping Rock

Park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said Sunday park officials plan to let the area affected by the rockfall rest until Monday, when they will check to “just to make sure none of our folk are underneath it.”