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Summer and Fall 2013 Backpacking Season – date posted Jul 22, 2013

If you would like to make an advance reservation to camp in the Grand Canyon, we need at least three weeks’ notice. If your planned hike is less than three weeks away, come in person to the Backcountry Information Center and request a walk-in permit. Availability of last minute permits is dependent on the season. Read the full article…

Be Aware of Lightning Danger – date posted Jul 22, 2013

Summer storms in the southwest are often accompanied by potentially deadly lightning. Visitors walking and hiking in the park are reminded that if they can hear thunder, they should consider ending outdoor activities. If the sound of thunder follows a lightning flash within 30 seconds, seek shelter inside a building or vehicle. If this is Read the full article…

Hiking Podcast Updated – date posted Jul 10, 2013

The Backcountry Information Center has updated the Hiking Podcast. The most recent podcast covers all you need to know about Grand Canyon’s Backcountry Information Center and how to obtain a backcountry permit. Visit the Grand Canyon Podcast Directory ( for more information or to subscribe. Additionally the update can be heard on the Backcountry Audiocast Read the full article…

Warning: Inner Canyon is Hot – date posted Jul 8, 2013

Temperatures are over 100 F (38 C) at the bottom of the canyon. Plan ahead and prepare. Read the Summer Hiking page. For weather information visit

Interagency SAR Team Responds to Two Accidents in the Same Canyon over Three Days

The rescue was a success due to the resources and cooperation of all agencies involved.

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

Zion National Park rangers wish for all visitors to have a safe and enjoyable July Fourth Holiday.

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

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 Read the full article…

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

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 Read the full article…

Excessive Heat Warning – date posted Jun 26, 2013

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 Read the full article…

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

Join John Clark, artist and author of “Opening Zion,” as he uncovers the fascinating history of early tourism in Zion National Park