Zion National Park in Utah reopens after roads were blocked by flooding, rising river

Associated Press

Zion National Park has reopened after closing for several hours when heavy rain and a surging river made park routes impassable.

Spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said Zion reopened park gates and roads late Tuesday afternoon.

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The park closed at midday after runoff from high canyon walls flooded some stretches of roads while the rising river blocked other areas in narrow canyons.

Baltrus says campgrounds were a safe distance away from the flooded areas and campers had been allowed to stay put.

A flood watch was issued for the park and a large stretch of southern Utah through Tuesday night.

Zion is Utah's most-visited national park, attracting nearly 3 million visitors a year.