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Grand Canyon National Park Will Ease Water Restrictions

Two young junior rangers fill their water bottles at the water filling station near the Bright Angel Trailhead
The water filling station at the Bright Angel Trailhead provides drinking water for all ages (NPS Photo)

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News Release Date: September 19, 2022

Contact: Joëlle Baird, 928-606-3154

Water delivery to Grand Canyon National Park's South and North rims has been restored and the park is beginning a phased-in approach to easing water restrictions. The amount of water in reservoir tanks is increasing daily and once sustainable levels are reached the park will continue to ease water restrictions.

The following operational changes will be in effect beginning on Tuesday, September 20:

South Rim:

  • Camper Services, operated by Delaware North, will be reopened to the public

  • Water spigots in Mather Campground and at Desert View Campground will be turned on

North Rim:

Restrictions remain in place on the South Rim. Until tanks reach a sustainable level, South Rim visitors and residents must take steps to reduce water consumption. These steps are as easy as selectively flushing the toilet; taking shorter showers; only washing clothes or dishes with full loads and in eco-mode, if available; and turning off the sink while brushing teeth, soaping hands, or shaving. Additional actions the park and its South Rim businesses will take include using disposable dishes and utensils at meals, serving drinking water at restaurants by request only, and encouraging residents to fill buckets with shower water for watering plants or flushing toilets.

Drinking water is again available at Supai Tunnel on the North Kaibab Trail and continues to be available at Manzanita Resthouse, Cottonwood Campground, and Phantom Ranch. All inner canyon trail users must be prepared to carry all their drinking water or have a way to treat water. Inner canyon water status is available on the park’s Critical Backcountry Updates webpage.


Last updated: September 19, 2022

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