Drinking Water outside the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Apr 12, 2010

The moisture laden winter has produce one very positive effect: the ephemeral, seasonal springs that dot the inner canyon are flowing now and will probably continue to flow for the next few weeks. Water issues in most parts of the canyon have temporarily receded into the background, with one important exception: the side canyons between the Little Colorado River and Mineral Canyon are dry, leaving the Colorado River as the primary source, and the spring snowmelt is introducing heavy sediment loads creating a brown, muddy, and difficult-to-purify Colorado.

Hikers should make every effort to obtain recent confirmation of water availability and become familiar with routes to the river before starting any hike.

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