Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Delicate Arch Trail Closed By Flooding

The access road and trail leading to Delicate Arch, in Arches National Park, is temporally closed because of flooding.

Arches is located on top of a mesa and normally gets very little rain or snow. But it got dumped on last weekend. Salt Wash, near the trailhead, turned into a raging torrent that actually stranded a group of hikers for a few hours. The water is subsiding now, but the flood washed out parts of the road, undercut a bridge and did other damage, leaving the area unsafe.

Repairs should be made quickly and access to Delicate Arch may be possible by this weekend.

Main roads in the park are open and safe. Backroads may have washed out spots.

At this writing, Delicate Arch is the only attraction listed as inaccessible on the Arches National Park website.

This Salt Lake Tribune article has more detail.

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