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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Some Trails in Zion Park Are Closed Because of Wildfire

A lightning storm that passed through Zion National Park Sunday ignited three wildfires that are burning in close proximity in the Zion backcountry. Crews are battling the blazes. Backcountry trails are closed in that area.

The fire is not affecting Zion Canyon (the most popular area in the park) or any roads, visitors' centers or developed facilities. Most visitors to Zion Park may not even be aware that the fires are burning in the backcountry.

The Zion Narrows are closed above Orderville Gulch. Visitors are permitted to hike into the Narrows from the bottom, going as far as Orderville Gulch, but are not permitted to go father. Top-to-bottom hikes through the Narrows will not be allowed until the fire danger is past.

Orderville Gulch, a semi-technical slot canyon hike, is closed.

Also closed are the West Rim Trail (from the Lava Point Trailhead to Scout Lookout), and the East Mesa Trail (from the east trailhead to the junction with Observation Point Trail).

See this news release for more information.

This newspaper article reports on these and other fires.

This website is updated daily with current fire information

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