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Deal to keep Utah’s popular Zion Narrows open through March

Deal to keep Utah’s popular Zion Narrows open through March

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A family that owns land along the northeastern boundary of Zion National Park has agreed to let hikers continue to wade through their section of the narrowest stretch of Zion Canyon. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Bullochs, who own the piece of The Narrows, still hope […]

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Only 1 Utah national park to be staffed as 2019 begins

Only 1 Utah national park to be staffed as 2019 begins

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Only one of Utah’s five national parks will be staffed after the new year as the state pulls back funding during the partial U.S. government shutdown. Utah Office of Tourism managing director Vicki Varela said Friday that a nonprofit will pay about $2,000-$2,500 a day […]

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Some big parks in US Southwest remain open despite shutdown

Some big parks in US Southwest remain open despite shutdown

PHOENIX (AP) — Several national parks that are big tourist draws in the US Southwest remained open Saturday during the federal government shutdown while other parks and monuments locked their gates and doors. Arizona and Utah officials implemented funding plans to keep open Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon and […]

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Easement allows permit resumption for Zion Narrows trail use

Easement allows permit resumption for Zion Narrows trail use

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A temporary easement has allowed Zion National Park to temporarily resume issuing permits for use of a popular trail through the Virgin River Narrows that were discontinued Tuesday after private landowners posted “no trespassing” signs in the popular canyon. Park officials on Friday announced that […]

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Private landowner selling land around Zion’s Narrow

Private landowner selling land around Zion’s Narrow

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zion National Park visitors are no longer allowed to experience a popular, 16-mile (26-kilometer), one-way hike through the Virgin River Narrows. The Salt Lake Tribune reports park officials began discontinuing permits for the hike Tuesday after a private landowner posted “no trespassing” signs in the popular canyon. […]

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Zinke cans the notion he’s giving away lands for oil and gas

Zinke cans the notion he’s giving away lands for oil and gas

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke dismissed the notion that he’s giving away public lands for oil and gas companies during a visit Monday to Utah’s Zion National Park where he drew attention to the maintenance backlog at national parks. Zinke said “nothing could be further […]

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Zion National Park reopens flood-damaged Angels Landing

Zion National Park reopens flood-damaged Angels Landing

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park has reopened the trail to one of its most popular hiking destinations for the first time since flood waters ravaged the southwestern Utah canyon in July. The (St. George) Spectrum reports the West Rim Trail to Angels Landing reopened on Saturday. Motorists were stranded […]

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FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in the new Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Zinke on Monday, June 12, 2017, recommended that the new national monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are managed. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, File)

Zion visit to draw attention to $12B national park backlog

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be at Zion National Park to draw attention to a maintenance backlog at national parks. The Southern Utah park known for striking red-rock vistas estimates its backlog at $65 million. Also on hand Monday to call for Congressional action […]

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Group of hikers rescued after rockfall in Zion National Park

Group of hikers rescued after rockfall in Zion National Park

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park officials say rescue crews had to retrieve a group of hikers who were temporarily trapped on the popular Hidden Canyon trail after a rockfall. The Spectrum reports it’s the third time in a little more than a month that the park has had to […]

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Zion planning main entrance overhaul to ease long car lines

Zion planning main entrance overhaul to ease long car lines

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park is planning to overhaul its main entrance to help ease long lines of cars that can stretch back for miles. The Spectrum newspaper reports the National Park Service is proposing changes that include increasing the number of visitor-entry lanes and creating a short-term visitor […]

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