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Hiker injured by rockfall in Zion National Park

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.

Contact Alexis Ford at aford@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0335. Follow @alexisdford on Twitter.

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