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Crowded Conditions Anticipated at Zion National Park February 13-15

Posted at February 10th, 2016
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Peak Visitation Expected for President’s Day Weekend http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/crowds-anticipated-this-weekend.htm

2016 Zion Plein Air Invitational Call for Artists

Posted at January 27th, 2016
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November 7-13, 2016, Zion National Park and the Zion National Park Foundation will host the 2016 Zion Plein Air Art Invitational. Applications from interested artists will be accepted now through Monday, February 8, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/2016-plein-air-call-for-artists.htm

Zion National Park, State of the Park Report

Posted at January 20th, 2016
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The NPS is developing these reports to assess the overall status and trends of each park’s resources and will use this information to improve park
priority setting and to communicate complex park condition information to the public. http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/state-of-park.htm

2016 Zion National Park Artists-in-Residence

Posted at January 1st, 2016
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Artists will immerse themselves in the beauty and wonders of Zion translating their experiences in the park into their art. http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/air2016.htm

Upcoming Trail Work Will Affect Popular Hikes

Posted at December 9th, 2015
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Observation Point, Hidden Canyon, and East Rim will be impacted December 9-10.
Angels Landing, Kayenta, and West Rim will be detoured December 16-17 http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/trailwork12_15.htm

Backcountry Management Plan – date posted Nov 24, 2015

Posted at November 24th, 2015
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The National Park Service (NPS) announced today another opportunity for the public to weigh in on revisions to Grand Canyon National Park’s Backcountry Management Plan (BMP). The NPS began developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this plan in 2011 in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More than 580 public comments were submitted during the initial phases of the development of this DEIS.

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. Grand Canyon’s existing BMP was completed in 1988 and requires revisions to comply with current NPS laws and policies and the park’s 1995 General Management Plan. The park’s backcountry encompasses over 1.1 million acres, most of which are proposed for wilderness designation.

Available for review and comment, the BMP DEIS evaluates four alternatives–a no-action alternative and three action alternatives. The comment period for the DEIS will close 90 days after the Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Register.

Learn more about this planning effort at parkplanning.nps.gov/grcabmp.

Pipeline Construction at Phantom Ranch – date posted Nov 24, 2015

Posted at November 24th, 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.

Due to pipeline replacement work, there is no drinking water at Bright Angel Campground, Boat Beach, or the Delta restrooms south of Phantom Ranch. Day hikers and backpackers should be prepared to carry all drinking water or be able to treat creek water for drinking.

Grand Canyon National Park is in the process of replacing a portion of the trans-canyon pipeline at Phantom Ranch. As part of the construction process, at times the trans-canyon pipeline will be turned off to allow crews to connect the new portions of the pipeline to the existing pipeline.

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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Report from the North Rim – date posted Nov 24, 2015

Posted at November 24th, 2015
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Most visitor services on the North Rim have shut down for the season. The North Rim will remain open to visitors, closing for winter on Tuesday, December 1 or when snow closes State Highway 67 leading into the park.

November 1 through May 15, the North Rim Campground reverts to primitive use with backcountry reservations required. Reservations can be obtained from the Backcountry Information Center and are necessary prior to arrival.

Beginning November 1 through December 1 or until snow closes State Highway 67, the park will remain open from dawn to dusk for day-use. Weather and road conditions permitting, visitors will have access to Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial and Cape Royal as well as the North Kaibab trailhead. Inner canyon users with a valid backcountry permit will be allowed to park overnight at the North Kaibab trailhead. A limited number of campsites at the North Rim Campground will be available to hikers with advanced reservations. A backcountry permit is required and will be available through the South Rim Back Country Information Center. No overnight parking or car camping will be allowed.

The North Rim will close for the season at 8 am on Tuesday, December 1. Hikers and cross country skiers will still be able to enter the North Rim of the park through the winter months with valid backcountry permits.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials intend to keep State Highway 67 open through December 1 but a major storm with heavy snowfall could close the road earlier. After October 15 visitors should be prepared for winter driving and travel conditions and are encouraged to call Arizona Highway Information at 888-411-7623 in advance of their trip to check on the status of State Highway 67.

Trails Update – date posted Nov 24, 2015

Posted at November 24th, 2015
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We are in the time of year when shoe traction might be a good idea. 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 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

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Nov 24, 2015

Posted at November 24th, 2015
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MULTI-DAY SHUTDOWN OF THE TRANSCANYON PIPELINE STARTING OCTOBER 18. Read the section titled "Pipeline Construction at Phantom Ranch" on this page for more info.

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 OFF
  • Manzanita / Pumphouse Rest Area: water turned OFF
  • Cottonwood Campground: water turned ON
  • Bright Angel Campground: OFF due to pipeline replacement work
  • Plateau Point: water turned OFF
  • Indian Garden: ON year-round
  • Bright Angel Trail, Three-Mile Resthouse: water turned OFF
  • Bright Angel Trail, Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse: water turned OFF
  • 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.