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Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Nov 20, 2013

Posted at November 20th, 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 OFF
  • Supai Tunnel: water turned OFF
  • Roaring Springs Day Use Area: water turned OFF
  • Pumphouse Rest Area: ON year-round
  • Cottonwood Campground: water turned OFF
  • Bright Angel Campground: ON year-round
  • Plateau Point: water turned OFF
  • Indian Garden: ON year-round
  • Bright Angel Trail, Three-Mile Resthouse: water turned OFF
  • Bright Angel Trail, Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse: water turned OFF
  • 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.

Zion National Park Announces its 2014 Artists-in-Residence

Posted at November 18th, 2013
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Four artists from around the country were selected to serve in 2014 as Artists-in-Residence in Zion National Park. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/2014airartists.htm

Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational Underway

Posted at November 4th, 2013
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The Zion National Park Foundation is hosting 24 artists for a week of creativity and inspiration in Zion National Park, today through November 11, 2013. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/plein-air-art-underway.htm

Report from the North Rim – date posted Nov 1, 2013

Posted at November 1st, 2013
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November 1 through December 1 the North Rim is open for day use only unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. Overnight parking will not be allowed along the Highway 67 corridor inside the park.

From November 1 through December 1:

Services: The North Rim is day use only in November, defined as dawn to dusk. No overnight parking is permitted along the Highway 67 corridor inside the park. The North Rim Visitor Center, Backcountry Permits Office, and all other services are closed. Water is available outside the Backcountry Permits Office. Pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel will still be available.

North Rim Campground: Camping will be available provided a backcountry use permit has been obtained in advance – these permits are available through the South Rim Backcountry Information Center, and at the Visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument located in Fredonia, Arizona. No car camping. Overnight parking of vehicles is not allowed.

Backpacking: Hikers (with a backcountry permit) may proceed to open trailheads. Only hikers descending the North Kaibab Trail and holding a valid backcountry permit, will be permitted to park overnight at the North Kaibab Trailhead.

Weather: Come November, short days and cold nights have arrived. Remember the North Rim is at 8,000 feet (2,438 m) which means that nighttime temperatures are guaranteed to be in the in the 20′s F and 30′s F (-6C to -1C) at best. Watch the weather carefully and talk with experienced friends or park rangers, know when to call off your trip. A few feet of snow could easily fall in a powerful, early winter storm.

Roads: Unimproved roads to destinations such as North Bass Trail and Point Sublime are open until winter weather closes them. Be aware, tree fall is common on the North Rim and you should have alternate routes for getting to and from trailheads (the possibility exists that the road you enter on may be blocked upon your exit). The roads to Point Imperial and Cape Royal Road are closed for the season, all other roads remain open until December 1 unless Highway 67 closes.