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Heavy Rain Closed Road, Trail

September 11
16:37 2013
Use caution when hiking Lake Powell area

Use caution when hiking in Lake Powell area

“Chains Road” Closed near Glen Canyon Dam

After the recent heavy rains, including half an inch on Sunday, The Chains Road near the Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell is closed. It could be several days before it reopens depending on what kind of weather we get.  Crews will need to clear the road again before it opens and more rain means more mud — which could cause a further delay.

Rainbow Bridge Trail Damage

Lakeshore Drive was also flooded for a brief period during the recent stormy weather over the weekend.  Denise Shultz, with the National Parks Service, also reports potential damage on the Rainbow Bridge Trail.

Heads Up for Tourists and Visitors

While enjoying the magnificent beauty of this area, visitors and tourists to the Grand Circle (Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Antelope Slot Canyons, Zion, Bryce, and Canyonlands) need to have a “heads up” about the possibility of flash flooding. Water run-off from rocky slopes can accumulate very quickly. Without warning, a sudden wall of water can roar down an arroyo, gully, or canyon. Always check the safety of a location with your tour guide, Park Service Authority, or Bureau of Land Management before entering a potentially dangerous area. “The Wave” at Paria Canyon, Slot Canyons and Rainbow Bridge Trail, and other popular areas can be dangerous during rainfall. Rain can accumulate in distant arroyos that are quickly heading towards you, even if it isn’t currently raining at your location.

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