SALT LAKE CITY — The National Park Service says that a small sinkhole has developed on state Route 24 in Capitol Reef National Park.
The sinkhole formed on April 30 according to a tweet from the National Park Service, which also reports that the sinkhole has been patched temporarily.
The sinkhole was found approximately one-half mile from the visitor center. The NPS said that a repair may be needed and that traffic on S.R. 24 will be impacted when the repair is taking place.
They urge visitors to call 5-1-1 or visit the Utah Department of Transportation website to check on road construction and season conditions.
Erosion is changing the Earth. At 5 pm, a small sinkhole formed on SR 24 0.5 miles east of the visitor center. A patch is in place, but a repair is needed & may result in temporary road closures & delays. Plan ahead. Call 511 & check https://t.co/f47CA0n0pz. NPS Photo / L. Rome pic.twitter.com/7EuSVrBxYS— Capitol Reef NPS (@CapitolReefNPS) May 1, 2021
What are sinkholes?
Sinkholes are rarem according to the United States Geological Service, and can form when the ground below can no longer support the land surface. Rainfall and surface water seeping into the ground begin the process of erosion which can lead, eventually, to the formation of a sinkhole.
One of Capitol Reef National Park's tourist attractions in Capitol Reef National Park is the Gypsum Sinkhole in the north district of the park, known as Cathedral Valley.
The Gypsum Sinkhole is nearly 50 feet wide, and 200 feet deep.