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The West Rim Trail, including the route to Angels Landing, will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The popular trail has been closed since an intense thunderstorm on July 11, 2018, which caused flooding, mudslides, and rockfalls. The heavy rainfall caused major damage in the area of Refrigerator Canyon on the West Rim Trail, which visitors pass to and from on their way to Angels Landing. A section of retaining wall failed, as did several protective check dams that were built over 100 years ago to protect the trail. The flash flood opened an 18 foot gap in the trail that was over five feet deep. To re-open the passage to Scouts Lookout, Zion’s trail crew stabilized both ends of the trail and built a new
custom bridge to span a 30 foot section where the trail and the retaining wall had been damaged or washed away. The crew also built four new check dams to protect the trail from future storms. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“We appreciate the public’s patience as we’ve worked to recover from substantial storm damage, and I applaud the efforts of the park’s trail crew who worked tirelessly to re-build the trail
structures through Refrigerator Canyon” said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Shuttles will resume dropping and picking up passengers at the Grotto Shuttle Stop.
The Kayenta Trail, Upper Emerald Pools Trail, the terminus of Lower Emerald Pools Trail, and Hidden Canyon remain closed. Park staff and engineers continue to identify strategies to repair
or re-route the trails safely. Closures are being enforced due to unstable and unreliable trail integrity.
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Happy #NationalPublicLandsDay! Today is a great day to explore your public lands, it's a fee free day. Be prepared for Zion to be busy, parking will fill by 9 am. •
#npld is a great opportunity to take the #ZionPledge and commit to protecting Zion today and in the future. One way to do that is to park your vehicle responsibly and legally. Always leave no trace while visiting a place like a national park. •
#Zion #npld2018 #crowds #feefree #canyon #lnt #leavenotrace

Saturday, September 22nd is National Public Lands Day. If you are not able to join us at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center tomorrow at 9:00am to help with our volunteer service project to remove invasive thistle from the park, we still invite you to take the #ZionPledge and help remove microtrash and garbage from all trails throughout the park. Just take an extra bag with you on your hike and let's see how much trash we can remove. Tag a photo of yourself with your bag of trash and don't forget to include the hashtag #ZionPledge. Thank you for all of your help in keeping our beautiful park clean. Thank you @savagenoodles for taking the Zion Pledge! #Zion #ZionForever #NationalPublicLandsDay #LeaveNoTrace #Service

Are you visiting Zion National Park tomorrow? Would you like to volunteer on the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for Public Lands? We hope so! If you are interested in volunteering at #ZionNationalPark in support of #NationalPublicLandsDay, meet outside the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 9am by the 3-D map. Volunteering will be from 9-noon and we will be pulling Russian thistle, an invasive species commonly known as tumbleweed! *Tools, safety vests, paperwork, and gloves will be provided. Wear long sleeve shirts, pants, and closed-toed shoes. Please bring water and salty snacks. Thank YOU for volunteering!!

We are looking forward to cool autumn temperatures and the reopening of the Kolob Canyon Scenic Drive and all of the Kolob trailheads. The road construction is nearing completion and as soon as we have an official opening date we will let everyone know. #Zion #KolobCanyons #Autumn #FallSeason #RoadConstruction

National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, is fast approaching. Help maintain Zion National Park’s ecosystem by volunteering with us!
#NationalPublicLandsDay #ZionNationalPark

What: Pulling Russian Thistle

When: Saturday, September 22nd from 9-12pm

Where: Meet outside of the Visitor Center at the 3-D map.

Why: To support our public lands of course 😄
Who: You and Us, Together.

We will be helping Zion’s Vegetation Division remove an invasive species called Russian thistle, more commonly known as tumble weed. We will be providing gloves, tools, and paperwork! Please bring water and salty snacks with you. You must wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and long sleeves.
While not necessary, please email us at zion_vip_mailbox@nps.gov if you are attending.

Millions of visitors come to Zion every year to explore the park and experience the Virgin River Narrows. Unfortunately some visitors are not prepared, and fail to pack out their own trash and waste. Over the past week rangers cleaned up over twenty pounds of garbage, waste, and abandoned property. We encourage everyone to do their part and help keep these majestic waters pristine for generations to come. If you or anyone you know is visiting Zion, we challenge you to take the #ZionPledge and help us preserve and protect your national park. #Zion #Nature #Narrows #LeaveNoTrace #FindYourPark #NationalPark #PreserveAndProtect #River

Zion has been home to various members of the animal kingdom for millions of years. These swim tracks and footprints of a rhychosaur date back to the early Triassic period, 248-242 million years ago. #Zion #Paleontology #Triassic #Fossils #Footprints #AnimalKingdom

"A beautiful sunset is mother nature's way of adding a little extra cowbell to the song." A special thank you to fierce park defenders like @nationalparkgeek for taking the #ZionPledge. #Zion #Sunset #Watchman #FindYourPark #LeaveNoTrace #PreserveAndProtect @nationalparkservice @usinterior

"It's not about leaving your marks behind, it's about making memories along the way." Thank you @savitha_chandrasekaran for these wise and beautiful words. Taking the #ZionPledge will help ensure that future generations will also be able to share in the experiences and memories found only in Zion. #LeaveNoTrace #Memories #PreserveAndProtect #FindYourPark #RePost #Reflection #Nature #Water

Sacred datura, angels trumpet, moonlily, jimson weed...whatever you call it, this large flower is easy to spot. The white bloom can be 5 to 7 inches long! .
Common sense would say, never eat something without positively identifying it as safe. This plant contains toxic alkaloids that are poisonous! .
The best time to see these night blooming flowers is first thing in the morning.
#toxic #flower #blooming #beauty #zion #datura

Late summer flowers are blooming! Take a photo to remember them but don't pick any. They need to stick around for others to enjoy (and to make more next year)! Take the #ZionPledge to find out other ways to protect the park.

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