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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report

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  1. hank moon

    hank moon lovely ligatures

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    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report for May 1, 2013

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  3. hank moon

    hank moon lovely ligatures

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    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report for May 8, 2013

    rain news - see attached.

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    Storm through here yesterday (East Zion), maybe dropped some rain over in the Monument.

    Tom
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    Hmmm. Sounds like a once-a-year phenomenon.

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  6. hank moon

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    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report for July 11, 2013

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  7. hank moon

    hank moon lovely ligatures

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    Garfield County closed the Smoky Mtn/Alvey Wash road (#300) this morning on its northern end due to the repeated flooding of Alvey Wash over the last few days.

    ”Current conditions may not be reflected on the road report.” Check with your friendly neighborhood visitor center for the most current conditions.
    “[Monument roads] exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” -Will Durant (paraphrased a bit)

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    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report for July 18, 2013

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  8. ratagonia

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    From the Monument:

    Our network and database system is down at present, but here are some road updates after yesterday's round of thunderstorms:
    The Smoky Mtn/Alvey Wash Road (#300) is impassable on both ends at present. Two days ago Garfield County closed the road on its northern end due to the repeated flooding of Alvey Wash, and last night a LARGE flood came down Wahweap Creek just out of Big Water and made the road impassable on its southern end as well.
    The Cottonwood Canyon Road (#400) was hit with heavy t-storms yesterday afternoon and evening. Numerous washes flooded along its length and passenger cars were stuck this morning in Dry Valley Wash on the northern end of the road. Current conditions make it impassable.
    I'll issue a 'normal' Road Report when the system is available again.
    ”Current conditions may not be reflected on the road report.” Check with your friendly neighborhood visitor center for the most current conditions.
    “[Monument roads] exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” -Will Durant (paraphrased a bit)
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    hank moon lovely ligatures

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    Heavy thunderstorm cells are crossing the western part of the monument as I send out this report. Cottonwood Canyon (#400) and Skutumpah (#500) roads are being affected by these cells and will likely become impassable.

    ”Current conditions may not be reflected on the road report.” Check with your friendly neighborhood visitor center for the most current conditions.
    “[Monument roads] exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” -Will Durant (paraphrased a bit)

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    Lots and lots of weather action out there. Here is the latest effort from the Monument. They add the advisory:

    "Hello Everyone, there were heavy rains on the north end of GSENM late afternoon, so it is possible that some of the roads sustained more damage after being checked. Please advise the public to use caution."

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    Latest update from the Monument:

    "County Road crews are working hard to repair storm damage and make all of the roads passable. Expect more updates as repairs continue."

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    Are folks finding this useful??

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  13. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Is that an X slot?

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    Absolutely, thank you for posting.
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    Yes. Very much so.
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    County closure signs remain in place on both ends of the Cottonwood Canyon road. Most interior roads are damaged to some degree, with shoulder nicks, undercutting, gullying, runoff debris, beat-up wash crossings, newly deposited soft sandbars--you name it. On passable roads keep speeds down, especially where line of sight is limited, and be on the lookout for heavy equipment doing repair work. Please update me or Jeanie Linn as to what conditions you're finding out there. First hand reports are ALWAYS greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    ”Current conditions may not be reflected on the road report.” Check with your friendly neighborhood visitor center for the most current conditions.
    “[Monument roads] exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” -Will Durant (paraphrased a bit)

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    November 22nd Road Report:

    We've measured .83" of soaking rain at the Cannonville Visitor Center in the past 36 hours. And, looking at the forecast through Sunday, that's only the beginning. A WINTER STORM WARNING for heavy snow above 5000' is in effect for southern Utah until 4 AM Sunday. Reports of heavy snowfall at higher elevations are already coming in.

    All travelers should be prepared for hazardous driving conditions and stay on paved highways/roads through the duration of this very significant storm system. Not only will unpaved roads likely become impassable, we've reached that time of year when there is little or no traffic on those unpaved roads. Help, if needed, may not come right away. Travelers should have emergency winter survival supplies in their vehicles, and always inform family/friends of their travel plans.
    BE SAFE OUT THERE!

    Starting tomorrow, 11/23/13, the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Winter hours will be Monday throughFriday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

    ”Current conditions may not be reflected on the road report.” Check with your friendly neighborhood visitor center for the most current conditions.

    “[Monument roads] exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” -Will Durant (paraphrased a bit)

    Dave Mecham

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    Road Report Nov 27th 2013

    Note that many of the unpaved roads are impassable at this time.

    And we've reached that time of year when there is little or no traffic on unpaved roads. Help, if needed, may not come right away. Travelers should have emergency winter survival supplies in their vehicles, and always inform family/friends of their travel plans.
    BE SAFE OUT THERE!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    4-27-2014 Road Report

    Skutumpah Road (#500) was graded a few days ago, taking some of the 'bite' out of the bad ruts on the first 13 miles out of Cannonville.
    The washboarding on the Hole-in-the-Rock Road (#200) is becoming pretty bad again.
    Weekend precipitation was light across the Monument and probably didn't change road conditions significantly.

    ”Current conditions may not be reflected on the road report.” Check with your friendly neighborhood visitor center for the most current conditions.
    “[Monument roads] exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” -Will Durant (paraphrased a bit)

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    The moisture over the weekend stayed pretty much to the higher country and did not significantly impact Monument roads. They are drying out quickly in the sun and wind. Grading of the Cottonwood Road (#400) is nearly complete as of this morning (5/12).

    Here's a heads up to everyone receiving the Road Report: The National Weather Service's "FLASH FLOOD POTENTIAL RATING FOR SOUTHERN UTAH" link is up and running again, available at their website: http://forecast.weather.gov/
    It's an extremely valuable resource for helping visitors make good decisions about hiking and travel plans.

    ”Current conditions may not be reflected on the road report.” Check with your friendly neighborhood visitor center for the most current conditions.

    “[Monument roads] exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” -Will Durant (paraphrased a bit)

    Dave Mecham
    Park Ranger, Visitor Services
    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
    Cannonville Visitor Center
    (435) 826-5644
    (435) 679-8981

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  20. Erik B.

    Erik B. Thirsty for canyon...

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    I heard from a VERY reliable source ;) that HITRR was a nightmare yesterday. 3-4" of mud, snow on the ground, flowing water. I'm willing to bet it will dry out quick with this next weeks warmth.
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