Major rock slide closes SR 14, heading to Cedar Breaks
Jun 21, 2023, 2:00 PM | Updated: 2:50 pm
CEDAR CITY, Utah — Those driving to Cedar Breaks and other areas of Iron County had to take a long detour to get around a rock slide on SR 14 on Wednesday.
Whoa! Leena Williams sent this video of a rockslide on SR 14 in Iron County this morning. @UTHighwayPatrol says the road is closed between mileposts 7 and 8. #ironcounty #rockslide #kslnewsradio pic.twitter.com/iblmiOfLkU
— KSL NewsRadio (@kslnewsradio) June 21, 2023
Cedar Breaks Superintendent Kathleen Gonder said their employees were among those who turned around last minute.
“It impacted getting our park store opened, collecting fees at the fee station,” she said. “All of that was delayed, you know, 45 minutes to an hour.”
A typical drive between Cedar City and Cedar Breaks National Monument will take you about 35 minutes. However, with the rock slide blocking the road drivers have to take an extra 40 minutes or so to drive north to Parowan to go around it.
UDOT said that even though they have removed most of the large debris from the road, their geologists will have to evaluate the slide before they can open it. And while that could happen today, Gonder said, they’re prepared if it doesn’t.
“This is something that nobody can plan for, you know you just kind of gotta roll with the punches.”
Clayre Scott contributed to this story.