Huge boulder tumbles onto town next to Zion National Park

Another boulder is set to tumble down and smash things-

Massive rolling boulder rocks town of Rockville, UT. Buildings, vehicles damaged; another rock unstable. By Mark Havnes. The Salt Lake Tribune.

In the comments to this article in the SL Trib, one person wondered if folks looked uphill before they built?  I have often wondered about this in towns set in deep canyons.






  1. Chris Harbin Avatar
    Chris Harbin

    I hope no one was hurt.
    A few years back, my wife and I were descending the Angel’s Landing trail in the park (highly recommended) when a rock about the size of a golf ball came whistling down from above and landed between the two of us! If it had hit I’m sure it would have killed one of us. I’m not sure if it fell naturally or was propelled (thrown or kicked).
    I’m not a religious person per se, but on that day we were either blessed or lucky or both!


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