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Grand Canyon National Park Initiates Water Conservation Measures

three hikers crossing a footbridge over a small creek between sheer cliff walls
Hikers descending North Kaibab Trail in the Box. NPS/M.Quinn

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News Release Date: August 29, 2019

Contact: Lily Daniels, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, AZ - Grand Canyon National Park is initiating water conservation measures on the North and South Rims on Aug. 30, 2019, due to a water pipeline break that occurred on Aug. 29 on a section of the pipeline north of Phantom Ranch, along the North Kaibab trail. Until park staff repairs the break, the park will remain in conservation mode.

Crews have begun repair work to the pipeline and anticipate that it may take four or more days to repair the break.

Visitor facilities at both rims will remain open with water limitations for some services.

Water conservation measures in effect are:
  • No car or bus washing
  • No watering of lawns or plants
  • Using low water cleaning techniques and reduction of toilet flushing
  • Drinking water at restaurants will be provided by request and not automatically provided
  • Reduction of shower times and turning water off while brushing teeth
Drinking Water Will be Unavailable at Manzanita day use area and Cottonwood Campground along North Kaibab Trail, the water stations on the delta, and Bright Angel Campground.

No commercial services are available, including lodging, food service, and store.  

Bright Angel and Cottonwood Campgrounds are open.

Drinking Water is Available at the following locations: Mile and a Half, Three Mile, and Indian Garden on the Bright Angel Trail - and Supai Tunnel on the North Kaibab Trail. 

Hikers in the backcountry should plan to carry all their own water or a way to treat or purify creek water. Visit for more hiking information.

Critical Backcountry Updates: Including Trail Closures and Restrictions

The public can call 928-638-7688 to listen to a recorded message with updates and additional information about current water restrictions at Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon National Park has a large and complex water utility system that provides water to more than 6 million annual visitors in addition to the 2,500 residents that live in the park.

Last updated: August 30, 2019

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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