South Kaibab Trail Work: The Grand Canyon Trail Crew is working on the South Kaibab Trail, work will extend through September 2013. Trail delays are possible between 8am and 4pm for up to 45 minutes. To facilitate safely moving building materials down to the work site, it is necessary to clear the trail of hikers between Ooh-Aah Point and the section of trail below Ooh-Aah Point. Once enough material is stockpiled trail delays should no longer be needed. If all goes well, this should occur sometime early next week (August 13-21).
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.