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Washout closes Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Rainbow Bridge (Source: National Park Service) Rainbow Bridge (Source: National Park Service)

Rainbow Bridge National Monument is closed after heavy rains washed out a trail next to Lake Powell.

About 150 feet of trail was completely lost between the lake dock and the first shade structure, with a 21-foot drop off into Bridge Creek, said Denise M. Shultz of the recreation area.

She said plans are underway to develop a temporary trail until a more permanent trail can be constructed.

The monument is in southern Utah in the Glen Canyon National Recreation area that also includes part of northern Arizona.

She said the monument will be closed indefinitely because of the damage.

The Chains area near Page was closed to vehicle traffic due to rains, according to a recreation area news release.

Several feet of sand and mud were deposited on some areas of the road, while in other areas the water cut through the dirt, making the road impassable. Visitors can still access the Hanging Garden Trail by walking in from the parking lot near the gate, according to the release.

Lees Ferry also received heavy rains, but crews were able to remove boulders and debris and all lanes and facilities are open, with the exception of the parking area near Paria Canyon, according to the release.

Some visitors were evacuated during the storms and no one was injured.

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