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Repair and Maintenance to Temporarily Close Ribbon Falls Bridge

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The bridge across Bright Angel Creek on the Ribbon Falls spur trail.
NPS Photo by Michael Quinn

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News Release Date: January 31, 2012
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park's Trail Crew will soon begin repairs to the bridge across Bright Angel Creek on the Ribbon Falls spur trail in the Inner Canyon. 

The wood and steel bridge is located approximately six miles north of Phantom Ranch on a trail which takes hikers from the North Kaibab Trail to 120-foot Ribbon Falls. Built in 1960, many of the bridge's wooden components, including deck-boards, are deteriorating, necessitating their repair or replacement.

During the repairs, the bridge will be closed, but hikers will be able to reach Ribbon Falls via a clearly marked detour which will route them across Bright Angel Creek on stepping stones just south of the bridge. 

The repairs are scheduled to begin on February 14 and, weather permitting, should be completed by mid-March. 

To learn more about the Ribbon Falls bridge repairs, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Shannan Marcak at 928-638-7958. For information about hiking in Grand Canyon National Park, see the hiking section of the park's Trip Planner which can be downloaded from the park's homepage at www.nps.gov/grca; or visit the park's backcountry hiking page at http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.  

-NPS-

Did You Know?

SWITCHBACKS ON BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.