Heavy rain damages a trail and road in Big Bend National Park
Monsoon season damaged a popular trail and main road in Big Bend National Park in Texas, requiring them to be closed until repairs could be made.
Rains on Saturday caused a section of switchbacks along the Lost Mine Trail to collapse causing heavy damage to this section of the trail. The bottom of the switch was covered in rocks and the top of the switch was too narrow to cross safely, according to a park statement. The trail has been closed for travel and will reopen once trail crews can assess, stabilize, repair and make it safe for hikers
On the same day, high water and debris washed across the causeway along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive south of Mule Ears Viewpoint. The pavement was broken up and washed away and logs and rocks were blown onto the road making traffic dangerous. The resulting damage and debris closed the road at this location. The road will remain closed past Mule Ears Overlook until crews can repair the section and ensure it is safe for vehicle travel.
Due to road closures making Cottonwood Campground inaccessible, the campground is now temporarily closed and campers have been relocated.
Since September 1, the park has received 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain.