- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Zion National Park is delaying part of a helicopter-powered waste removal operation at an iconic trail due to weather.

Park rangers said Wednesday the effort to empty evaporative toilets near the narrow Angels Landing trail was scheduled to be completed this week, but the forecast will postpone a second day of trail closures until Sept. 27.

The choppers will fly down barrels with thousands of pounds of waste from a lookout that offers sweeping red-rock views.

The removal is a regularly scheduled operation that can only be completed from the air.

Rangers say increasing popularity of the trail bordered by sheer drops means the toilets at Scout Lookout are used by 400 people a day rather than the 50 visitors they were intended for. People are asked to use other facilities before starting the hike.

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