There is a break in the transcanyon pipeline approximately five miles north of Phantom Ranch at the north end of the "Box". Repairs started Aug 8 and, if all goes well, are expected to be completed by Aug 11. During the shutdown of the waterline for repairs, drinking water will not be available at Roaring Springs or Cottonwood Campground. Please remember, when hiking below the rim a method to treat water must always be part of your hiking gear.
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
- Cottonwood Campground: water turned ON
- Bright Angel Campground:ON year-round
- 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.