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Minturn's Lionshead Rock breaks, rolls down slope

MINTURN — Lionshead Rock looks a little less feline after a massive piece of rock broke off and crashed down just outside Minturn.

The rock broke free sometime during the weekend, after weeks of freezing and thawing worked it loose. It’s at least 30 feet wide and high, and local climbers have been bouldering on it almost since the moment it came to rest.


No one was injured, and the rock did not hit anything or do any damage to homes. It did destroy the railroad tracks in the area where it came to rest, however.

“There’s no lions head in Minturn any more,” said Shelly Belm, a member of the Minturn Town Council.

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The VailDaily Updated Mar 6, 2014 12:36PM Published Mar 6, 2014 08:58PM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.