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

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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

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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

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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.