Morning Traffic Delays Entering Park from Springdale, April 4 and 5, 2017

South Entrance Lanes into Park Closed for 15 Minute Intervals for Archaeology Work

SPRINGDALE, UT – Lanes entering Zion National Park’s South Entrance will be closed for 15 minute intervals 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 4, and Wednesday April 5, 2017. In preparation of moving the South Entrance Monument, in order to accommodate more entrance lanes, Park archaeologists will be 3D laser scanning the Monument.

Laser Scanning is a fairly new technology to the Park. Last year, Zion archaeologists scanned the inside of the Zion Mount Carmel Highway Tunnel as part of a restoration project. The data can be used to assess current resource conditions, create detailed 3D models, and potentially help park maintenance repair historic resources with exacting precision.

Archaeologists are currently embarking on a project to laser scan the Park’s most prominent trails, bridges, buildings, campgrounds and cultural sites. There will be similar trail and road closures throughout the year as the crews scan additional areas around the Park.

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