Rockfall risks higher with wet weather

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- While the moisture we've been getting is much needed in the Valley, The Colorado National Monument says it can cause some problems.

If you head up Rim Rock Drive, you'll see some pretty good sized rocks on the side of the road that may have recently fallen.

The recent rainfall not only makes the steep rock faces wet and slippery, but the real problem comes when water freezes over night, and then melts when temperatures rise back up.

This process is what loosens up the rocks, and causes them to fall, creating more work for road crews.

Monument staff say its a problem every year, but this year, it needs more attention.

"We're already seeing a lot more rocks on the road, so its definitely worse this year and that's why we really want to get the message out to folks that, we need them to slow down when they are on the road. We need them to be anticipating the fact that there might be rocks right around the corners," said Spokesperson for Colorado National Monument, Arlene Jackson.

Corkscrew Trail is still closed from a rock slide last Fall, and it'll be closed until this Summer.

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