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Rock slide closes 2 km from the Zion National Park scenic drive

On this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows the Zion Scenic Drive is closed just north of the Zion Lodge at Zion National Park, Utah.

(Salah Ahmed/National Park Service via AP)

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah – A rock slide has closed about two kilometres of a ride in Zion National Park in southern Utah.

No one was injured, but officials say Zion Scenic Drive is impassable just north of Zion Lodge and will remain closed until further notice.

Park officials say the slide occurred late Friday, both lanes of the road with about 200 tons of huge boulders and debris stretching over four car lengths.

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It is not immediately known if the closed stretch of road is re-opened.

Park officials say that workers and geologists have to wait for the area to dry and assess the damage for the removal of dirt and the reopening of the road.

Officials say that visitors should expect crowded roads and parking lots through the weekend.

Other landslides have closed two trails in the park.

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