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Condor pair likely incubating an egg in Zion National Park

Posted at April 19th, 2016
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A pair of California condors appear to be nesting again in Zion National Park. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/condoregg.htm

Zion Celebrates National Park Week

Posted at April 16th, 2016
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National Park Week is April 17 – 24, 2016 https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/nosweek.htm

Zion National Park Announces Climbing Closures for Bridge Mountain

Posted at March 29th, 2016
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The west side of Bridge Mountain is being added to the list of cliffs temporarily closed for the protection of nesting wildlife. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/bridgemtclosure.htm

Name Released of Climber Fatality in Zion National Park

Posted at March 15th, 2016
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The name of the climber who died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, after falling in Zion National Park has been released. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/climbermame_3_15_16.htm

Name Released of Climber Fatality in Zion National Park

Posted at March 15th, 2016
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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

Posted at March 11th, 2016
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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 Information Center will provide the gate access code when the backcountry permit is issued.

The Hermit Road shuttle between South Rim Village and Hermit Rest and the Hermit trailhead is operational Mar. 1 to Nov. 30. The Hermit Road Shuttle is free. Visit the Shuttle Buses page for schedules and more info.

Weather dependent, Hermit Road is open to all private vehicles Dec 1 to Feb 28. Be aware that in wintertime inclement weather can cause Hermit Road to close with little notice as storms move through the area. Always check with the Backcountry Information Center regarding the wintertime status of Hermit Road or call 928-638-7496 for updated road conditions.

South Kaibab Trailhead Access – date posted Mar 11, 2016

Posted at March 11th, 2016
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Hikers must access the South Kaibab Trailhead by shuttle bus. There are two options.

  1. 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.
  2. The Kaibab/Rim Route shuttle provides transportation between the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, the Yavapai Geology Museum, the South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, and rim viewpoints.

Visit the Shuttle Buses page for schedules and more info.

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

Posted at March 11th, 2016
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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 not possible, move well away from high points such as ridges and the edge of the canyon. Do not seek shelter beneath tall trees.

For more on how to be “lightning smart” read the Lightning Danger Site Bulletin.

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

Posted at March 11th, 2016
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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 public amenities). 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.

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

Posted at March 11th, 2016
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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 of the roadbed and can delay access. Snow accumulations have been very low in 2013/2014, so lower elevation dirt roads may be accessible.

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.