Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, shows Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. A deal has been struck that will keep the Zion Narrows Trail open until March 31.

ZION NATIONAL PARK — A deal has been struck that will keep the Zion Narrows Trail open until March 31.

Park officials stopped issuing backcountry permits for the "top down," or north to south, hike in September after landowners revoked decades-old permission for hikers to go through their property on the park’s eastern boundary. The trail was reopened a few days later as park officials, the Washington County Commission and other tried to work out an agreement with the Bulloch family, who owns the property.

On Wednesday, the Trust for Public Land and Washington County announced that agreement has been extended until March 31.

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“Washington County is delighted that the Zion Narrows Trail can remain open for public use and appreciates the Bulloch family working with Washington County, The Trust For Public Land, the National Park Service,and U.S. Forest Service in a collaborative manner to ensure the beauty of the trail can continue to be seen and enjoyed by all,” Washington County Commission Chairman Dean Cox said in a statement.

Currently, the Bulloch family is granting access to visitors crossing through their property. Washington County, The Trust for Public Land, the Bulloch family and others are continuing to work to come up with permanent solution.