September 15, 2021 - 1:51 pm
Updated September 15, 2021 - 6:59 pm
Two heavily trafficked areas at Zion National Park will remain closed until Thursday morning after a Wednesday afternoon rockfall injured a hiker.
The National Park Service said Wednesday that the rockfall occurred at the Narrows canyon, about 800 feet past the Riverside Walk, around 1 p.m. The fall originated from Navajo Sandstone and “several cobble-sized blocks came down into the river as well as a plume of sand and dust, indicating that the source came from up high and likely hit a ledge on its way down,” the park service said.
A visitor described as a “young adult female” was hit by one of the rocks and hospitalized after medics and a search and rescue crew recovered her from the Narrows.
The Narrows and the Riverside Walk will both remain closed until Thursday morning due to a risk of additional rockfalls, the park service said.