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Rock landslide forces closure of Santa Barbara County's Nojoqui Falls Trail

Santa Barbara County Fire

The trail to Nojoqui Falls in the Santa Ynez Valley was shut down Wednesday following a series of landslides.

The path is closed at the trailhead over concerns of additional slides. Michael Allen is with Santa Barbara County Parks and says the trail is simply "not safe" right now, so it will remained closed until further notice.

Damage is severe to the trail making it impassible. Large boulders are on the ground, and more unstable rocks remain on the hillside. The parks department hopes to have a geologist come out to look at the situation.

"This is such a bummer," said Allen, because the falls are so beautiful after the rains. However, Allen says there is still a lots to see in other areas of the park that remain open.