Expect Warm and Dry Conditions through Thursday
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. More »
Heavy Monsoonal Rain Causes Trail Damage to Grand Canyon Trails
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, AZ – Recent 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.
Did You Know?
The elk found within Grand Canyon National Park weigh as much as 1,000 pounds (450 kg), and have been known to injure people who approach them. Never approach wild animals. It is dangerous, and illegal, to feed the wild animals in a national park. Violators will be fined.