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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Visitors to Zion National Park take in the sights after the park opened on a limited basis Friday, October 11, 2013.
Popular Zion park locales to close briefly for ‘helipoo’ operation
First Published Feb 19 2014 02:21 pm • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 11:13 am

Access to the popular Angels Landing and Scout Lookout destinations of Zion National Park will be limited on Thursday, Feb. 20, and Monday, Feb. 24, as park employees perform a "helipoo operation."

The temporary closures from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days are scheduled to allow the annual cleaning of two evaporative toilets at Scout Lookout, which is part of the West Rim Trail that provides access to the lookout and Angels Landing.

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The toilets, according to a news release from the park, were designed for use by 50 people per day. The number of people using the trailside toilets is closer to 400 per day.

A helicopter is used to haul the human waste away. The helicopter, according to the release, will haul between 10 and 15 barrels each day with each barrel weighing about 500 pounds.

Zion officials ask visitors to use restrooms located at the Grotto parking and shuttle stop area before they start hiking up to Scout Lookout or Angels Landing.

Hikers in the park should make plans that do not include Scout Lookout or Angels Landing during the cleaning. Traffic on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will also face periodic closures.


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