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Rockfalls shut down Zion’s Riverside Walk

(Tribune file photo by Trent Nelson) Rockfall closed Zion National Park’s Riverside Walk, pictured here on Jan. 12, 2019. Officials closed the popular trail and the Zion Narrows and rescued at least one injured hikers after rocks fell into the Narrows.

A rockslide inside Zion National Park at the Narrows on Wednesday afternoon closed the park’s busiest trail and spurred a rescue operation.

Park rangers responded to an injured hiker in the Narrows and anticipated having to transport the person to a hospital, officials said in a news release.

Rockfall is a frequent occurrence in the Utah park famous for its towering sandstone formations and sheer canyon walls.

At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, rocks collapsed into a stretch of Zion Canyon beyond the end of the park road. Officials closed not just the Narrows, but also the Riverside Walk, a heavily used paved path along the Virgin River.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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