Falling boulder risk forces Yosemite closures | News
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Falling boulders are the single biggest force shaping Yosemite Valley. Now swaths of some popular haunts are closing for good after geologists confirmed that unsuspecting tourists and employees are being lodged in harm's way.
The National Park Service on Thursday announced that potential danger from the unstable 3,000-foot-tall Glacier Point will leave some of the valley's most popular lodging areas permanently uninhabitable. The highest risk area is family friendly Curry Village, which was hit by a major rock fall several years ago.
A newly delineated "hazard zone" also outlines other areas, including the popular climbing wall El Capitan.
The move to close parts of historic Curry Village comes four years after the equivalent of 570 dump trucks of boulders hit 17 cabins, flattened one and sent schoolchildren scrambling for their lives. The park fenced off 233 of the 600 cabins in the village.
The new report now identifies 18 more that closed Thursday.
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