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Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Aug 17, 2015

Posted at August 17th, 2015
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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.

Report from the North Rim – date posted Aug 17, 2015

Posted at August 17th, 2015
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State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim re-opened for the 2015 season on May 15, 2015.

The last day for most concessioner services and regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be Thursday, October 15, 2015. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the visitor center, bookstore, and Backcountry Permits Office through October 31. November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use only (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date.

Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Aug 12, 2015

Posted at August 13th, 2015
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Due to fallen trees blocking the road, Swamp Ridge road is not passable at this time. We hope to have it opened back up by Friday, Aug 14. Please be aware that North Bass and Powell Plateau trailheads will not be accessible by auto until that time.

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.

Report from the North Rim – date posted Aug 12, 2015

Posted at August 13th, 2015
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Due to fallen trees blocking the road, Swamp Ridge road is not passable at this time. We hope to have it opened back up by Friday, Aug 14. Please be aware that North Bass and Powell Plateau trailheads will not be accessible by auto until that time.

State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim re-opened for the 2015 season on May 15, 2015.

The last day for most concessioner services and regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be Thursday, October 15, 2015. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the visitor center, bookstore, and Backcountry Permits Office through October 31. November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use only (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date.

Heaps Canyon Fatality Name Released

Posted at July 14th, 2015
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Heaps Canyon is a strenuous, challenging, technical canyon with an approximate 3000 foot descent. http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/fatalityname.htm

Canyoneer Fatality in Heaps Canyon

Posted at July 13th, 2015
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Heaps Canyon is a strenuous, challenging technical canyon with an approximate 3000 foot descent. http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/fatalityheaps7_11_15.htm

Cathedral Fire

Posted at July 12th, 2015
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The Cathedral wildfire is currently burning in Zion National Park. The lower portion of the West Rim Trail is temporarily closed due to falling debris, so there is no access to Angels Landing at this time. http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/cathedral-fire.htm

Tuweep Update – date posted Jun 15, 2015

Posted at June 15th, 2015
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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 plus $8 per group per night.

Tuweep is at High Clearance REQUIRED, its usual condition.

There is a HIGH likelihood for multiple flat tires from sharp rocks. Travel SLOW to mitigate tire damage. Carry multiple spare tires and/or a vehicle air compressor and tire plugs. When available, a tow truck runs $1,000-$2,000+.

When possible, during summer monsoon season travel during the morning hours since storms cycle through in the afternoon and evening.

Be prepared to spend the night in your vehicle in the event you become stuck. Carry sleeping bags, food, and extra water.

Travelers should carry:

  • Extra water, food, and gasoline;
  • Good tires, including at least one usable spare;
  • Parts, tools, and knowledge to handle vehicle and tire repairs including tire plugs and a portable air compressor.

For Tuweep info visit www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/tuweep.htm

Report from the North Rim – date posted Jun 15, 2015

Posted at June 15th, 2015
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State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim re-opened for the 2015 season on May 15, 2015.

The last day for most concessioner services and regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be Thursday, October 15, 2015. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the visitor center, bookstore, and Backcountry Permits Office through October 31. November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use only (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date.

Pipeline Construction at Phantom Ranch – date posted Jun 15, 2015

Posted at June 15th, 2015
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HIKERS AND GUESTS OF PHANTOM RANCH AND BRIGHT ANGEL CAMPGROUND SHOULD EXPECT NOISE AND DUST. Visitors to the Phantom Ranch area should be aware that work may take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on any day of the week. Daytime noise and dust impacts are expected due to the construction activities and associate equipment use.

Be prepared to treat creek water while in the inner canyon. Construction will require intermittent shutdown of the pipeline temporarily shutting down the drinking water system along the corridor trails. All hikers should check in at the Backcountry Information Center, prior to starting their hikes, for up-to-date information on trail conditions, construction detours, and water availability.

Grand Canyon National Park is replacing a portion of the Trans-Canyon Pipeline at Phantom Ranch. We anticipate construction will be complete October 2015. During this time period all hikers and backcountry users should expect to encounter detours, possible delays, and closures while traveling near the construction zone. Visitors should follow all posted signs, detour routes, and verbal instructions of personnel on-site.

Phantom Ranch, the Cantina, and the Bright Angel Campground will all remain open during construction.

Individuals who have campground reservations and have questions about impacts of construction work on their trip should contact the Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875. Guests with advance reservations at Phantom Ranch should contact the Xanterra Central Reservations at 1-888-297-2757 with any questions about their reservations.

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