ZION NATIONAL PARK -- The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway on the east side of Zion National Park, between Canyon Junction and the East Entrance, is closed to vehicles effective immediately.
The area sustained high precipitation and several sections flash flooded including a ravine approximately a mile west of the small tunnel, where flood waters blocked a road culvert and undercut the road, according to a press release from Zion National Park. Alternate east/west routes are available via Highway 59 from Hurricane to Fredonia, Ariz. and Highway 14 from Cedar City to Long Valley Junction and Highway 89.
The closure will remain in effect overnight and likely tomorrow. Crews will evaluate the damage tomorrow and begin work to stabilize the road. Traffic advisory signs will be placed near Mt. Carmel Junction, Virgin and near the park's south entrance.