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Rock and mud slide at Yellowstone National Park
Heavy rain and snow over the weekend has caused a rock and mud slide across a popular Yellowstone National Park trail, forcing its closure until further notice.

The National Park Service says one rock that crashed down on the Brink of the Lower Falls Trail is nearly 7 feet tall and 8 feet long, effectively blocking the trail in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Canyon District Ranger Tim Townsend says no work can be done to clear the trail until the unstable slope above it dries out.

Visitors may still hike the nearby North Rim Trail.

As the busy holiday weekend approaches, rangers say many trails and other areas in Yellowstone are saturated. Current trail condition reports are available at Yellowstone visitor's centers or backcountry offices.

The following release was sent out by Yellowstone National Park:
Heavy rain and snow over the weekend caused a rock and mud slide across the Brink of the Lower Falls trail, prompting rangers to close the trail until further notice. One rock that crashed down is nearly 7 feet tall and 8 feet long, effectively blocking the trail.

"We know this is a popular trail, and as soon as conditions dry out, we will work to clear the trail," said Canyon District Ranger Tim Townsend. "Right now the entire slope above the trail is still wet and unstable making it unsafe for crews to work in the area."

Due to the wet conditions, the trail crew is evaluating the area to determine the likelihood of more slides and the best course of action to reopen the trail.

Visitors may still hike the North Rim Trail, but rangers ask that people respect the closure on the Brink of the Lower Falls Trail.

As the busy holiday weekend approaches, rangers remind visitors that many trails and other areas are saturated by recent rain and snow. Visitors need to be aware of their surroundings and footing throughout the park. Current trail condition reports are available at Yellowstone visitor's centers or backcountry offices.
Source: Associated Press