A break in the Transcanyon Pipeline occurred over the weekend. Because of the break’s location, there is no drinking water on the North Kaibab Trail at Cottonwood Campground or Manzanita Rest Area (formerly Roaring Springs Residence). The break is located north of Phantom Ranch, in an area on the North Kaibab Trail known as the Box. Crews will begin repairing the break today and should have it fixed sometime this week. At this time, drinking water is available at Phantom Ranch.
Grand Canyon National Park began replacing a portion of the Trans-Canyon Pipeline at Phantom Ranch on January 26, 2015. We anticipate construction will be complete October 2015. Read the section titled "Pipeline Construction at Phantom Ranch" on this page for more info.
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
- Manzanita / Pumphouse Rest Area: water turned ON
- Cottonwood Campground: water turned ON
- Bright Angel Campground: ON year-round
- Plateau Point: water turned ON
- 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.