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Zion National Park to Increase Drunk Driving Enforcement over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

Posted at June 28th, 2013
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Zion National Park rangers wish for all visitors to have a safe and enjoyable July Fourth Holiday. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/dd_enforcement_6_29_13.htm

Pipeline Break Leads to Water Shortage at Phantom Ranch – date posted Jun 28, 2013

Posted at June 28th, 2013
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As a result of a series of breaks in the Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline, Phantom Ranch at the bottom of Grand Canyon is currently experiencing a water shortage. Visitors hiking to Phantom Ranch must be self-sufficient and be prepared to carry or treat all drinking water.

In consultation with the National Park Service, Xanterra South Rim LLC has temporarily suspended its Phantom Ranch overnight accommodations and services.

All Grand Canyon National Park trails remain open. However, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning between 10 am Friday and 8 pm Sunday with temperatures reaching 114-117 degrees within the park along the Colorado River. The National Park Service encourages all hikers to be prepared and to Hike Smart. More information is available at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hike-tips.htm.

The National Park Service expects pipeline repairs to be completed allowing normal Phantom Ranch operations to resume as early as Saturday, June 29. Visitors should call the recorded information hotline for current status at (928)-638-7688.

All other park operations remain normal. Visitors planning a trip to Phantom Ranch in the next several days may also contact the park’s Backcountry Information Center (928)-638-7875 and/or Xanterra South Rim LLC (928)-638-2631.

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Aug 8, 2013

Posted at June 28th, 2013
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There is a break in the transcanyon pipeline approximately five miles north of Phantom Ranch at the north end of the "Box". Repairs will start Aug 8 and, if all goes well, are expected to take approximately two days. During the shutdown of the waterline for repairs, drinking water will not be available at Roaring Springs or Cottonwood Campground. Please remember, when hiking below the rim a method to treat water must always be part of your hiking gear.

Purified drinking water is usually available year-round at Bright Angel and Indian Garden Campgrounds and at Bright Angel and South Kaibab trailheads.

Grand Canyon’s water supply comes from Roaring Springs, a natural spring located approximately 3,500 feet below the North Rim. Water is delivered via an aging pipeline that suffers multiple breaks a year. When the pipeline breaks, water stops flowing to the North and South Rims and sites along the way. Although large storage tanks provide ample water to rim locations, while the pipeline is being repaired water may or may not be available below the rim in the cross-canyon Corridor. Please remember, when hiking below the rim a method to treat water must always be part of your hiking gear.

The list below shows if water has been turned on or off for the season (if the pipeline is undergoing repairs water may be off temporarily)

  • North Kaibab Trailhead: water turned ON
  • Supai Tunnel: water turned ON
  • Roaring Springs Day Use Area: water turned ON
  • Cottonwood Campground: water turned ON
  • Bright Angel Campground:ON year-round
  • Indian Garden: ON year-round
  • Bright Angel Trail, Three-Mile Resthouse: water turned ON
  • Bright Angel Trail, Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse: water turned ON
  • Bright Angel Trailhead: ON year-round
  • South Kaibab Trailhead: ON year-round

Seasonal water stations are usually turned off for the winter sometime between Oct 10th and 30th dependent on location and associated temperatures.

Water available (year-round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center in the lobby. Water available (year-round) on the North Rim outside the Backcountry Information Center. Additional water bottle filling stations can be found on the Go “Green” and Refill Your Water Bottles web page.

Plan Ahead and Prepare: A backup method to treat water, should the pipeline break, must always be included as part of your hiking gear. Backcountry hikers should always carry extra water.

Excessive Heat Warning – date posted Jun 26, 2013

Posted at June 26th, 2013
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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from June 28, 10:00 AM MST until June 30, 08:00 PM MST.

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 8 PM MST

SUNDAY BELOW 4000 FEET...



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FLAGSTAFF HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE

HEAT WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 8 PM MST

SUNDAY.



* TEMPERATURE...NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 114 TO 117

  DEGREES ARE FORECAST FOR FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NEAR THE COLORADO

  RIVER INCLUDING PHANTOM RANCH. HIGH TEMPERATURES AROUND 110 DEGREES

  ARE EXPECTED AT INDIAN GARDEN NEAR 4000 FEET ELEVATION.



PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...



THIS WARNING IS RESERVED FOR ONLY THE HOTTEST DAYS OF THE YEAR AND

IS ISSUED WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE TO DANGEROUS

LEVELS. DAY HIKERS ON BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL SHOULD DESCEND NO FURTHER

THAN 1 1/2 MILES. BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM...PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS

DISCOURAGED. HIKERS SHOULD ATTEMPT TO BE OUT OF THE CANYON...AT

INDIAN GARDEN OR BRIGHT ANGEL CAMPGROUND BETWEEN THESE HOURS. ALL

HIKERS SHOULD HAVE ADEQUATE GEAR...INCLUDING A WIDE-BRIMMED

HAT...SUNSCREEN...SALTY SNACKS...SUFFICIENT WATER AND ELECTROLYTE

MIX. DOUBLING YOUR CALORIE INTAKE HELPS MAINTAIN YOUR ENERGY. HIKE

SMART.

For more information visit http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.1000&lon=-112.0900

Free Lecture “Paving the Way to Zion” on Thursday, June 20 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale

Posted at June 7th, 2013
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Join John Clark, artist and author of “Opening Zion,” as he uncovers the fascinating history of early tourism in Zion National Park