Zion National Park will reopen Thursday

Dec 22 2010 - 5:08pm

SPRINGDALE -- Administrators say Zion National Park is set to partially reopen unless flooding on the Virgin Rivers gets worse.

Park officials said in a news release Wednesday that the Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground will also reopen Thursday. The south entrance and the visitor center opened Wednesday afternoon.

State Route 9 will remain closed from the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the east entrance. The highway closed Monday after a 300-foot section was washed out by heavy rain.

The national park closed Tuesday and evacuated lodge guests and campers because of flooding.

The National Weather Service says that almost 7 inches of rain has fallen in the park since the storm began Friday.

The Virgin River is expected to crest in the park Wednesday evening.


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