BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK — Motorists traveling state Route 12 through the northern end of Bryce Canyon National Park should expect delays, possibly lasting into the summer, due to a recent landslide.
According to park officials, the highway shoulder and southern slope began to sag on Feb. 13. Within six days, the area had completely fallen away, resulting in the closure of the eastbound lane between mileposts 14 and 15. Travel is restricted to a single lane managed by traffic lights. The park is working closely with the Utah Department of Transportation to assess the full scope of the slide. Motorists should expect delays between 3 and 5 minutes.
Park officials said in a statement the silty limestone and other relatively soft layers of the park’s Claron Formation present a uniquely challenging environment for engineers as it has threatened the integrity of the park's infrastructure and this portion of S.R. 12 in the past. With these events in mind, the park and UDOT are now exploring all possible solutions, officials said.
Travel updates will be posted through the park’s Twitter account @BryceCanyonNPS, as well as its Facebook page at facebook.com/BryceCanyonnps.