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Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Mar 21 2014

After heavy summer rain (July and August) or winter snow (December through March), expect impassable backcountry roads. If clear skies abound after the rain or snow, then it is often just a matter of days until the sun dries everything out. Sometimes, heavy rain or melting snow can lead to flooding, which can cause erosion Read the full article…

Spring / Summer 2014 Backpacking Season – date posted Mar 21, 2014

If you would like to make an advance reservation to camp in the Grand Canyon, we need at least three weeks’ notice. If your planned hike is less than three weeks away, come in person to the Backcountry Information Center and request a walk-in permit. Availability of last minute permits is dependent on the season. Read the full article…

Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Traffic Control during the Last Three Weekends of March

Zion National Park’s shuttle bus system does not begin operation until April 1, 2014. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/traffic-control-march.htm

Zion NP, Cedar Breaks NM and Pipe Spring NM Tourism Creates $193 Million in Local Economic Benefit

Report shows visitor spending supports 2,394 jobs in local economy http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/parks-economic-benefit.htm

Bicyclist Seriously Injured after Eight Attempt to Illegally Bicycle Through Zion Tunnel

A group of eight bicyclists from Salt Lake City attempted to illegally bicycle through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park. Two of the bicyclists hit the tunnel wall and crashed. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/bicyclistinjured.htm

Zion National Park Announces 2014 Schedule of Climbing Closures

Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting Peregrine Falcons in Zion National Park will be temporarily closed beginning March 1, 2014, in order to protect the nesting success of this bird which is in recovery from endangered species status. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/climbingclosures2014.htm

Zion National Park Announces Approval of River Management Plan

Zion National Park is pleased to announce the completion of the Virgin River Comprehensive Management Plan and the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), providing protection for 144 miles of designated wild and scenic rivers within Zion National Park. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/riverplan.htm

Waste Removal Work to Briefly Close Scout Lookout, Angels Landing and the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

Zion National Park will temporarily close access to Scout Lookout and Angels Landing between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 and Monday, February 24, 2014 for a waste removal operation. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/wasteremoval.htm

Zion National Park and UDWR to Manage Bighorn Sheep

Zion National Park, in conjunction with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), proposes to perform management actions on desert bighorn sheep within the park. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/bighornsheep.htm

BASE Jumper Fatality in Zion National Park

A BASE jumper died from a failed jumping attempt off Mount Kinesava on Saturday, February 8, 2014. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/basejumperfatality.htm