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Zion National Park Accepting 2015 Artist-in-Residence Applications

Posted at May 23rd, 2014
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Four artists will be selected for two spring and two fall residency slots http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/air-apps2015.htm

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grant Awarded to Zion National Park and Pipe Spring National Monument

Posted at May 19th, 2014
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Zion and Pipe Spring are partnering with Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) to replace three petroleum-powered fleet vehicles with two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and one all-electric vehicle. http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/afuelgrantzionpisp.htm

Lower Emerald Pool Trail Closed on Thursday, May 22, for Trail Repairs

Posted at May 15th, 2014
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Visitors will still be able reach the Lower
Emerald Pool by hiking the Kayenta Trail http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/lepoolclosedmay22.htm

Trails Update – date posted May 14, 2014

Posted at May 15th, 2014
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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.

Report from the North Rim – date posted May 14, 2014

Posted at May 15th, 2014
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The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open May 15, 2014 for the summer season.

All services provided by the National Park Service, including the Visitor Center, Backcountry Information Center, and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon Association bookstore will be available on May 15th at 8:00 am MST.

Point Sublime is only accessible from the W1 Road within the park at this time. The W4 Road has a lot of trees down on it; we do not yet have a time line for when it will be cleared. The road to Swamp Point also has a lot of trees down on it; we expect it to be cleared within the next couple days. The gate on the W4 Road is open (accessed from FR 268). Fire Point Road has been cleared of trees.

The last day for most concessioner services will be October 15, 2014. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Information Center through October 31. November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. Visitors will continue to have access to front country access points such as Point Imperial and Bright Angel viewpoints and the North Kaibab Trailhead (overnight parking allowed with a backcountry permit). Remote backcountry access points such as Widforss Trailhead, Point Sublime and North Bass will be accessible weather permitting and with a valid permit. Access to Cape Royal and Cape Final will be restricted. The North Rim campground will be closed to car camping but a few sites remain available to backcountry travelers with a valid backcountry permit.

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted May 12, 2014

Posted at May 12th, 2014
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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
  • Pumphouse Rest Area: water turned ON
  • Cottonwood Campground: water turned ON
  • Bright Angel Campground: ON year-round
  • Plateau Point: water turned ON
  • 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.

Two Zion National Park Rangers Receive Valor Awards

Posted at May 9th, 2014
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In recognition of their quick actions and willingness to place themselves in
positions of danger in an effort to save the life of another, Zion National Park Rangers Craig Thexton and Therese Picard are receiving Department of Interior Valor Awards http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/zion-rangers-receive-awards.htm

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted May 8, 2014

Posted at May 8th, 2014
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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 ON
  • Pumphouse Rest Area: water turned ON
  • Cottonwood Campground: water turned ON
  • Bright Angel Campground: ON year-round
  • Plateau Point: water turned ON
  • 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: temporarily OFF

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.

Drone Harasses Bighorn Sheep at Zion National Park

Posted at May 5th, 2014
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Rangers have seen a large increase in the use of drones within the park http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/droneharassesbhs.htm

Report from the North Rim – date posted May 1, 2014

Posted at May 1st, 2014
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The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open May 15, 2014 for the summer season.

All services provided by the National Park Service, including the Visitor Center, Backcountry Information Center, and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon Association bookstore will be available on May 15th at 8:00 am MST.

Locations near the 8,000 foot level such as Pt. Sublime, high elevation access to Nankoweap, and the North Bass Trailhead will not be accessible until road beds have dried and downed trees have been removed, often in late May, but possibly as late as mid-June.

The last day for most concessioner services will be October 15, 2014. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Information Center through October 31. November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. Visitors will continue to have access to front country access points such as Point Imperial and Bright Angel viewpoints and the North Kaibab Trailhead (overnight parking allowed with a backcountry permit). Remote backcountry access points such as Widforss Trailhead, Point Sublime and North Bass will be accessible weather permitting and with a valid permit. Access to Cape Royal and Cape Final will be restricted. The North Rim campground will be closed to car camping but a few sites remain available to backcountry travelers with a valid backcountry permit.