Road Closures Sep. 5th and 6th
Even deserts have monsoon seasons. On July 11 of this year, Zion National Park received three inches of rain in a three hour period, absolutely pummeling the park and damaging parts of the highway before and after the famous mile-long tunnel that connects State Route 9 to National Parks Highway (US Route 89). For anyone traveling through Zion National Park on September 5th and 6th between the hours of 6 am and 1 pm, please note this section of road will be closed during those hours.
Alternate routes to Highway 89 can be accessed from Hurricane to Kanab (Highway 59) and over Cedar Mountain (Highway 14). Some portions of the asphalt road have deteriorated due to the rain, and some of the “historic” guard walls were damaged during the torrential rain. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed some of the stone guard walls during the 1930s, and these stone walls have historical, aesthetic, and most importantly, practical value, and must be repaired.
Park officials also released this statement: People coming to the Park may access the Park by traveling east on State Route 9 from Interstate 15. All Park facilities including the visitor center, museum, campgrounds, and shuttle buses will be open and operating as usual in Zion Canyon.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you but hope this has been hopeful in saving you precious time. But in any case, remember, the journey is the destination. Until next time, safe travels zionnationalpark.net.