Rockfall blocks White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park

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MOAB, Utah (November 28, 2023) — Geology happens very slowly… or all at once.

Last weekend, precipitation and daily freeze/thaw temperatures triggered a sizable rockfall in Canyonlands National Park. The rockfall damaged a section of the White Rim Road in the Island in the Sky district, north of the Labyrinth campsites. Several large boulders are entirely blocking the roadway.

Rockfall blocking White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park. Photo by NPS/Frank Klein.

The White Rim Road is temporarily closed to all traffic between the park boundary at Mineral Bottom and the Labyrinth campsites. This closure applies to all visitors including vehicle or motorcycle drivers, bicyclists, and hikers. The closure will remain in effect until park staff can remove the boulders, repair the damaged roadway, and assess the stability of the cliffs above. Signage will be posted at turn-around points to the north and south.

Traditionally, winter precipitation and freezing temperatures can also cause temporary winter closures of the Shafer Trail, Flint Trail, or other four-wheel-drive roads in the park. Travelers are advised to always check the Road Conditions page of the park website for updates when planning a trip.

 

 

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