Zion park trail to close for repairs

Published: Friday, May 16 2014 11:55 a.m. MDT

FILE- This 2013 photo shows tourists visiting the upper pool in Emerald Pools Trail at Zion National Park

Matt Gade, Deseret News

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SPRINGDALE, Washington County — Zion National Park will be closing the Lower Emerald Pool Trail on Thursday, May 22, at 8 a.m. to make necessary trail repairs.

The trail crew will repair a culvert under the trail and fix a tripping hazard nearby. Forty feet of concrete will need to be removed and relaid. Crews will use motorized carts to haul the concrete in and out of the area. The overnight closure is required to ensure the concrete is cured properly and is not damaged.

Visitors will still be able to reach the Lower Emerald Pool by hiking the Kayenta Trail. The Lower Emerald Pool Trail will reopen Friday, May 23 at 7 a.m.

The Kayenta Trailhead is located at the Grotto shuttle stop. The trail is unpaved, moderately strenuous, and about 2 miles round-trip. At its farthest point, the Kayenta Trail intersects with both the Lower and Upper Emerald Pool Trails.

Also in the park, from mid-June through the end of September, the Hidden Canyon Trail and portions of the East Rim and Observation Point trails will be closed most weekdays as large sections of the trail will be rehabilitated. Hidden Canyon Trail will be completely closed from early July to late August to repair retaining walls damaged in a flash flood.

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