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Zion National Park’s Fall Shuttle Schedule

Posted at September 23rd, 2016
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Shuttle Schedules Change September 25, 2016 https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/fallshuttle.htm

CCC Statue Dedication on Monday, September 26, 2016

Posted at September 22nd, 2016
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Civilian Conservation Corps Remembered at Zion National Park https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/cccstatue.htm

Final Phase of Waste Removal Project at Scouts Lookout to be Rescheduled

Posted at September 21st, 2016
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The original plan was to remove the waste barrels on Thursday, September 22, but the project will be rescheduled for Tuesday, September 27. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/alwasterescheduled.htm

Waste Removal Work to Briefly Close Scout Lookout, Angels Landing and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

Posted at September 14th, 2016
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Hikers expecting to do Scout Lookout and Angels Landing should plan an alternative activity during these times. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/alwaste.htm

Report from the North Rim – date posted Sep 13, 2016

Posted at September 13th, 2016
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Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim is open for the 2016 season.

The last day for most concessioner services and regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be October 15, 2016. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the visitor center, bookstore, and Backcountry Information Office through October 31.November 1 through December 1the North Rim will be open for day use only (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. From November 1 through December 1pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel will still be available and visitors will continue to have access to Point Imperial and Bright Angel viewpoints, as well as the North Kaibab Trailhead.

After October 31, camping will be available to those that walk or hike in (no car camping) at the North Rim Campground and yurt, provided a backcountry use permit has been obtained – these permits will continue to be available through the South Rim Backcountry Information Center and at the visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument located in Fredonia, Arizona.

Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Sep 13, 2016

Posted at September 13th, 2016
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Everything on the North Rim INSIDE the park boundary (all roads and trails) is open.

Access to the Nancoweep Trail from House Rock Valley though the National Forest Saddle Mountain Wilderness is closed.

Some areas of the North Rim (i.e. the upper trail access to Nancoweep via the USFS 610 Rd. and Nankoweep Trail #57 on the south boundary of the Saddle Mountain Wilderness) are in newly burned areas due to the Fuller Fire this summer, and hikers should use caution in those areas. There may be unstable standing trees, downed trees, and burned debris along trails within the burned area that could pose safety hazards.

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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.

Trails Update – date posted Sep 13, 2016

Posted at September 13th, 2016
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NORTH RIM:

Everything on the North Rim INSIDE the park boundary (all roads and trails) is open.

Access to the Nancoweep Trail from House Rock Valley though the National Forest Saddle Mountain Wilderness is closed.

Some areas of the North Rim (i.e. the upper trail access to Nancoweep via the USFS 610 Rd. and Nankoweep Trail #57 on the south boundary of the Saddle Mountain Wilderness) are in newly burned areas due to the Fuller Fire this summer, and hikers should use caution in those areas. There may be unstable standing trees, downed trees, and burned debris along trails within the burned area that could pose safety hazards.

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Check in with the Backcountry Information Center for the latest trail conditions prior to starting your hike. 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 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.

Organized Group Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run: Any organized, noncommercial, group conducting rim-to-rim and extended day hiking and running, including rim-to-river-to-rim, and rim-to-rim-to-rim in the inner canyon is required to obtain a Special Use Permit from Grand Canyon National Park. The inner canyon is defined as the area below the Tonto Platform (Tipoff and Indian Garden) from the South Rim and below Manzanita Resthouse (Pumphouse Residence) from the North Rim. Any group, regardless of size, which has advertised to the general public, required individuals to sign up prior to participation, or that has an organizer who has been compensated for their services (including subsidized participation in the activity), is required to operate under a Special Use Permit. For more information visit www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/sup.htm

Multiple Search and Rescues End Busy Holiday Weekend at Zion

Posted at September 8th, 2016
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Labor Day Weekend Comes to a Close With Several Incidents https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/sarholiday.htm

Crowded Conditions Anticipated at Zion National Park September 2-5

Posted at September 1st, 2016
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Peak Visitation Expected for Labor Day Weekend https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/crowdedzion91916.htm

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Aug 31, 2016

Posted at August 31st, 2016
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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 is on or off (if the pipeline is undergoing repairs water may be off temporarily)

  • North Kaibab Trailhead: water ON
  • Supai Tunnel: water OFF
  • Roaring Springs Day Use Area: water ON
  • Manzanita / Pumphouse Rest Area: water ON
  • Cottonwood Campground: water ON
  • Bright Angel Campground: water ON
  • Plateau Point: water <strong ON
  • Indian Garden: ON year-round
  • Bright Angel Trail, Three-Mile Resthouse: water ON
  • Bright Angel Trail, Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse: water 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.