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Zion National Park Holiday Weekend Expectations

Posted at February 20th, 2017
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Presidents Day Weekend starts with some trail closures and abbreviated Shuttle Schedule https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/presday2017.htm

Zion Canyon Shuttle Services to Resume

Posted at January 25th, 2017
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Zion National Park will resume shuttle service on special weekend dates beginning in February 2017. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/shuttle-services-resume.htm

Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Reopened after Rock Slide

Posted at January 19th, 2017
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Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is now open to the Temple of Sinawava. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/sd-reopened.htm

Trails Update – date posted Jan 19, 2017

Posted at January 19th, 2017
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Recent winter weather may have affected trail conditions. 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.

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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

Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Jan 19, 2017

Posted at January 19th, 2017
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Recent winter weather may have affected road conditions. Check in with the Backcountry Information Center for the latest information on roads to remote trailheads prior to starting your hike.

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.

Road Closure at Zion due to Large Rock and Debris Slide

Posted at January 14th, 2017
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No injuries occurred; road closed until further notice. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/zcsdrockfall_1_14_17.htm

Trail Closures at Zion due to Landslides and Erosion

Posted at January 13th, 2017
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Lower Emerald Pool Trail and part of Sand Bench Trail are closed. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/trail-closures-1-13-2017.htm

Artists-In-Residence 2017 Selection

Posted at December 7th, 2016
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The artists were selected from a large pool of applicant https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/air2017.htm

Trails Update – date posted Dec 5, 2016

Posted at December 5th, 2016
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Snow and ice are present on the Bright Angel Trail down to 2-Mile Corner.

Crampons are recommended on the North Kaibab Trail from the rim to the Roaring Springs Day Use Area junction.

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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

Report from the North Rim – date posted Dec 5, 2016

Posted at December 5th, 2016
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All North Rim operations closed for the season on Thursday, 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.