NPS - National Park Service

08/24/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/25/2019 10:10

Substantial Rockfall near Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop

News Release Date:
August 24, 2019

Contact:Aly Baltrus

Contact:Eugenne Moisa

SPRINGDALE, UT - The park was notified of a large rockfall near Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop at 5:50 p.m. A substantial piece of rock had broken off Cable Mountain, approximately 3,000 feet above Weeping Rock. The rockfall hit the closed East Rim Trail, knocking down trees and showering visitors at Weeping Rock with smaller rocks, branches, and a plume of dust and sand. Shuttles were stopped for approximately 90 minutes as the dust settled.

Three visitors were injured, one transported to the hospital by park ambulance. Several people were temporarily stranded at the end of Weeping Rock Trail for a short time, but they were able to self-rescue.

The Weeping Rock Trail and Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop (Stop #7) are closed until further notice. The Echo Canyon and Observation Point Canyon canyoneering routes are also closed, as is the East Rim Trail from Observation Point to Weeping Rock.