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Name Released of Climber Fatality in Zion National Park

The name of the climber who died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, after falling in Zion National Park has been released. http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/climbermame_3_15_16.htm

Hermit Trailhead Access – date posted Mar 11, 2016

From Mar 1 to Nov 30, Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles. A numerical code is required to open the gate giving access to Hermit Road. Hikers with a valid backcountry permit who are beginning or ending their hike via the Hermit Trail will be permitted to park at the Hermit trailhead. The Backcountry Read the full article…

South Kaibab Trailhead Access – date posted Mar 11, 2016

Hikers must access the South Kaibab Trailhead by shuttle bus. There are two options. An early morning Hikers’ Express goes to the South Kaibab Trailhead from Bright Angel Lodge shuttle bus stop, the Backcountry Information Center, and Grand Canyon Visitor Center daily, year-round. Parking is available at the Backcountry Information Center. The Kaibab/Rim Route shuttle Read the full article…

Be Aware of Lightning Danger – date posted Mar 11, 2016

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…

Drinking Water outside the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Mar 11, 2016

Hikers should make every effort to obtain recent confirmation of water availability and become familiar with routes to the river before starting any hike. Contact the Backcountry Information Center for recent water reports. Water available (year-round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center in the lobby and at Hermits Rest (near the other Read the full article…

Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Mar 11, 2016

After heavy summer rain (July and August) or winter snow (December through March), expect impassable backcountry roads. If clear skies abound after the rain or snow, then it is often just a matter of days until the sun dries everything out. Sometimes, heavy rain or melting snow can lead to flooding, which can cause erosion Read the full article…

Tuweep Update – date posted Mar 11, 2016

A BACKCOUNTRY PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CAMPERS WHO WISH TO STAY AT TUWEEP CAMPGROUND. Permit requests can be made on the first of the month four months prior to the proposed start date through the park’s backcountry reservation system. The cost for a Tuweep backcountry permit is a non-refundable charge of $10 per permit Read the full article…

Trails Update – date posted Mar 11, 2016

Check in with the Backcountry Information Center for the latest trail conditions prior to starting your hike. All trails are open. For information about vehicle access to remote trailheads, contact the Backcountry Information Center. Hiking the Corridor? Be sure to visit the Trail Courtesy Practices That Leave No Trace webpage. Hikers without a permit can Read the full article…

Report from the North Rim – date posted Mar 11, 2016

The North Rim is closed for the season. Hikers and cross country skiers are able to enter the North Rim of the park through the winter months with valid backcountry permits. November 1 through May 15, the North Rim Campground is primitive use with backcountry reservations required. Reservations can be obtained from the Backcountry Information Read the full article…

Backcountry Management Plan – date posted Mar 11, 2016

The National Park Service (NPS) is working on revisions to Grand Canyon National Park’s Backcountry Management Plan (BMP). The purpose of the BMP is to establish an up-to-date plan that addresses contemporary backcountry issues and provides an adaptable framework and continues to allow the public to experience and preserve Grand Canyon’s unique backcountry and wilderness. Read the full article…