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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

Winter / Spring 2014 Backpacking Season – date posted Jan, 9, 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…

Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Jan 9, 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…

Trails Update – date posted Dec 5, 2013

Another winter storm is predicted for this weekend (Dec 7-8) and we expect some more snow, so trail conditions will likely change. Conditions below as of Thursday, December 5, 2013. Grandview Trail: Two inches or less of snow is on the ground at the trailhead. Ice and snow are on the trail down to the Read the full article…

North Rim Yurt – date posted Dec 5, 2013

The North Rim yurt is open for reservations. The North Rim yurt, placed near the North Kaibab Trailhead, can be reserved from December 1 to April 15. The yurt accommodates six people and is outfitted with a table, chairs, and wood-burning stove. A portable toilet is nearby. Required permits are available through the Backcountry Information Read the full article…

Report from the North Rim – date posted Dec 5, 2013

The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is closed for the season. It will reopen mid-May 2014. The North Rim’s group campsite and a yurt can be reserved throughout the winter months. You must obtain your backcountry permit prior to arrival. The North Rim is only accessible via inner canyon trails from the South Read the full article…