ZION NATIONAL PARK — Three visitors were injured at Zion National Park Saturday when a “substantial” piece of rock broke off Cable Mountain, fell 3,000 feet and sprayed up a plume of smaller rocks, branches, dust and sand.
According to a park press release, the rock fell from the mountain onto the closed East Rim Trail, near the Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop, around 5:50 p.m. It crushed trees and disrupted shuttle service in the area for about 90 minutes.
One visitor was transported to the hospital by park ambulance. Several people were stranded temporarily at the end of Weeping Rock Trail but were able to self-rescue.
“The Weeping Rock Trail and Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop are closed until further notice,” the release says. “The Echo Canyon and Observation Point Canyon canyoneering routes are also closed, as is the East Rim Trail from Observation Point to Weeping Rock.”