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Scotts Bluff National Monument has biggest rockslide in two years

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - The biggest rockslide in two years at the Scotts Bluff National Monument Wednesday led to the closure of Summit Road and Saddle Rock Trail as crews now evaluate next steps.

Hikers on the trails early Wednesday morning noticed large fallen rocks and contacted Monument staff, according to Scotts Bluff National Monument Superintendent Dan Morford. Crews subsequently closed off Summit Road, which leads to the top of the monument, and a portion of Saddle Rock Trail.

Superintendent Morford says the majority of the slide happened between tunnels two and three and that no injuries were reported. Crews have been working to clear the routes and continue to evaluate large overhanging rocks, which will determine when routes can reopen.

Though small rockslides happen periodically, Morford says Wednesday’s rockslide was the biggest the Monument has seen in two years.

Monument staff expect the clean-up to take a couple of days.