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Heavy Monsoonal Rain Causes Trail Damage to Grand Canyon Trails

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Date: September 10, 2013
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, AZRecent heavy monsoonal rainfall has caused damage to portions of the South Kaibab Trail approximately one-half mile below Cedar Ridge and to the North Kaibab Trail below Supai Tunnel.

Both trails remain open to foot traffic but are currently impassible to livestock. The park does not expect to complete trail repairs for stock use until early October. Hikers are reminded to use caution when hiking into the canyon on any trail during and after heavy rainfall. Rockslides, mudslides, unstable footing, and flooded washes are just a few of the obstacles that hikers may encounter along the trail.

Forecasters are calling for more rain this week across parts of the Kaibab Plateau, which could lead to additional trail damage and will also create wet and muddy trail conditions and a greater chance of slips, trips, and falls. Rainfall-caused rockslides can also cause damage to the park's water pipeline that serves the corridor trails; therefore, hikers should always bring a method to treat water.

Hikers are asked to use caution when hiking on any trail in the park, to consider physical fitness and ability, and always check the status of trails before beginning a hike.

For more information about hiking safety at Grand Canyon please visit the hiking page on our website. Current trail conditions and information about hiking in the backcountry can be found at http://go.nps.gov/grcabackcountry.

 

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SPRINGS PROVIDE OASES FOR FLORA AND FAUNA

Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.