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Trails Update – date posted Aug 29, 2013

Posted at August 29th, 2013
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North Kaibab Trail: A section of the North Kaibab Trail after Supai Tunnel has been damaged due to heavy rain. The North Kaibab Trail is currently open to hikers but not to stock. The Grand Canyon Trail Crew expects to begin trail repair this week and hikers should be prepared for temporary delays. Hikers should use caution and follow instructions given by the trail crew. The damaged section is very narrow, but passable. Hikers should be aware that with continued monsoon rains additional trail damage could occur.

South Kaibab Trail Work: The Grand Canyon Trail Crew is working on the South Kaibab Trail, work will extend through September 2013.

Hikers without a permit can stop by the Backcountry Information Center to request a last minute permit. Last minute permits and waitlist numbers are issued by the Backcountry Information Center, located inside the park. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily, year round, for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time. The North Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily from mid-May to October 31 for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time.

Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Aug 29, 2013

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The North Rim has received substantial rain and as a result the Basin Road (N-1) and the Kanabownits Road (N-4) to Point Sublime and Swamp Point are really muddy. Travel on these roads is not advised at this time due to deep mud and heavy erosion. With more rain in the forecast, the situation may not improve anytime soon. Check with the North Rim Backcountry Information Center before heading out to a remote trailhead. Always be prepared for emergency situations, and carry extra food and water.

After heavy rains, usually during the summer (July and August) and winter (December through March) months, expect impassable backcountry roads. If clear skies abound after the rain, then it is often just a matter of days until the sun dries everything out. Sometimes, heavy rain can lead to flooding, which can cause erosion of the roadbed and can delay access.

Other considerations for visitors travelling on remote backcountry roads include high clearance, such as may be needed on Forest Road 328 to South Bass Trailhead (limestone ledges) and on the final approach to Toroweap overlook (sandstone knobs and ledges).

Finally, consider elevation of the road that you will be travelling on, especially during the winter months. Roads in the 6,500 to 8,000 foot range may be impassable due to a snowpack, where lower elevations roads (below 6,000 feet) will see deteriorated road conditions due to rain.

Always check road conditions with the Backcountry Information Center before heading out to remote trailheads, tell someone where you are going and when you will be back, and be adaptable and prepared for the worst. High clearance, four-wheel drive is usually recommended for roads to remote trailheads.

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It is not uncommon for trees to fall and block access to remote trailheads. When you encounter a road blocked by fallen trees, what should you do?

  • Report the location and diameter of the tree to Grand Canyon park dispatch (928-638-7805) as soon as possible. The park will assign staff to clear the road.
  • If an appropriate (not blocking the road and not damaging vegetation) place to park is available, park your vehicle and continue to the trailhead on foot.
  • Do not drive off-road attempting to bypass the obstacle, doing so can cause resource damage.

Report from the North Rim – date posted Aug 29, 2013

Posted at August 29th, 2013
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The North Rim has received substantial rain and as a result the Basin Road (N-1) and the Kanabownits Road (N-4) to Point Sublime and Swamp Point are really muddy. Travel on these roads is not advised at this time due to deep mud and heavy erosion. With more rain in the forecast, the situation may not improve anytime soon. Check with the North Rim Backcountry Information Center before heading out to a remote trailhead. Always be prepared for emergency situations, and carry extra food and water.

Beginning September 3, 2013 Cape Royal Road from Roosevelt Point to Cape Royal Point, at approximately mile 11.5, will be closed for repaving. During this period traffic delays may occur and drivers should be alert for workers on the road and possible traffic pattern changes. Point Imperial Scenic Road will still be accessible to visitors. All road improvements are scheduled to be completed by the end of the season.

The last day for most concessioner services and regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be October 15, 2013. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Permits Office through October 31. November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use (no overnight parking) only unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. From November 1 through December 1 pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel will still be available and visitors will continue to have access to Point Imperial and Bright Angel viewpoints, as well as the North Kaibab Trailhead. Camping will be available to those that walk or hike in (no car camping) at the North Rim Campground and Yurt, provided a backcountry use permit has been obtained – these permits will continue to be available through the South Rim Backcountry Information Center, and at the visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument located in Fredonia, Arizona.

Transportation Study at Zion National Park

Posted at August 26th, 2013
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Zion National Park is initiating a transportation study to evaluate the current in-park shuttle system and provide the park with visitor use data along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/ziontransstudy.htm

Free Lecture “Glen Canyon and the Colorado River: An Evolving Cultural Resource in the American West” on Thursday, August 29 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale

Posted at August 15th, 2013
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Focusing on Glen Canyon and the Grand Canyon, this lecture will explore the ecological, economic, and social importance of the Colorado River http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/glca-coriver-lecture_august-29-at-canyon-cc.htm

Virgin River Management Plan Open House Sessions

Posted at August 15th, 2013
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The public is invited to participate in open house sessions where park and BLM staff will be available to provide information on the proposed plan, answer questions, and take comments. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/vr_mgnt-plan-oh-sessions.htm

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Aug 12, 2013

Posted at August 12th, 2013
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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.

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Aug 9, 2013

Posted at August 9th, 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 started Aug 8 and, if all goes well, are expected to be completed by Aug 11. 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.

Trails Update – date posted Aug 7, 2013

Posted at August 7th, 2013
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South Kaibab Trail Work: The Grand Canyon Trail Crew is working on the South Kaibab Trail, work will extend through September 2013. Trail delays are possible between 8am and 4pm for up to 45 minutes. To facilitate safely moving building materials down to the work site, it is necessary to clear the trail of hikers between Ooh-Aah Point and the section of trail below Ooh-Aah Point. Once enough material is stockpiled trail delays should no longer be needed. If all goes well, this should occur sometime early next week (August 13-21).

Hikers without a permit can stop by the Backcountry Information Center to request a last minute permit. Last minute permits and waitlist numbers are issued by the Backcountry Information Center, located inside the park. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily, year round, for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time. The North Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily from mid-May to October 31 for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time.

Fire Restrictions to be Lifted in Color Country

Posted at August 1st, 2013
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Due to recent rainfall associated with the monsoon weather pattern and the subsequent reduction in the risk of wildfire, all fire restrictions currently in effect in Southwest Utah and Northwest Arizona have been lifted. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/firerestrictionslifted2013.htm