ST. GEORGE — A day after a major flash flood hit Zion National Park and its surrounding community, the resulting damage proved to be even worse than initially thought.
One business hit especially hard was the Quality Inn at the Zion Canyon Campground and RV Resort, which is reported to be a total loss. While the building is destroyed, hotel management said they plan to reopen the surrounding campground by Saturday. See video below for a look at the flooding damage at Quality Inn.
Also taking extensive damage was the Cable Mountain Lodge at 147 Zion Park Blvd., which lost 30 of its rooms to the flood.
More than 1 1/2 inches of rain came down within an hour Tuesday afternoon causing a major flash flood that seemingly leaked out of the main gates of the park into the towns of Springdale to the west and the Kane County entrance to the east.
The oversize parking lot in the park, where most recreational vehicles park, took a big hit and will be closed "indefinitely," park spokesperson Amanda Rowland told St. George News.
Also closed was a portion of the Watchman Trail. It will be for a while.