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Heat Risk

Inner Canyon Water Status - ALERT: South Kaibab Trailhead: water OFF due to freeze damage. Fill your water bottles before arriving at the trailhead.

Taking Care of Yourself

Upcoming Trail Closures

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Map showing corridor trails. South Rim Village at the bottom and Colorado River at the top of the map. Trails highlighted red to indicate closures: Bright Angel Trail, Plateau Point Trail, and Tonto Trail just east of Horn Creek to The Tipoff.
Bright Angel Trail and Tonto Trail closures will last through April 14, 2024. Plateau Point Trail will remain closed until March 14, 2025. These closures are due to transcanyon waterline replacement work.

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Current Trail Closures

 
The top 1/2 mile of Bright Angel Trail shows the open area. The turnaround point is indicated by a red star. The trail below the star is closed until April 14, 2024.
As of December 1, 2023, Bright Angel Trail is closed from below the Turnaround Point, all the way down to the Silver Bridge. The closure is scheduled to end on Sunday, April 14, 2024. For longer day hikes, take the Canyon Rim Trail along the rim or the South Kaibab Trail into the canyon.

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Current Transcanyon Waterline construction-related closures to Grand Canyon National Park trail and campground areas.

  • BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL - CLOSED
    1/2 mile from the Trailhead down to the Silver Bridge, including Havasupai Gardens Campground..
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
  • TONTO TRAIL - CLOSED
    East of Horn Creek to the South Kaibab Trail (the Tipoff)
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
  • PLATEAU POINT TRAIL - CLOSED
    CLOSURE DURATION: October 12, 2023, through March 14, 2025

Upcoming trail and campground closures, with hiker FAQ >

 
  • Canyon Rim Trail Detour by Bright Angel Lodge (January 22, through April 4, 2024)
    Waterline construction crews will be working in an area by Bright Angel Lodge. A detour has been provided to go around the lodge and reconnect to the Rim Trail during the closure.
  • NORTH KAIBAB TRAIL between Manzanita and Supai Tunnel CLOSED (January 9 through February 29, 2024)
    Closure will be in effect from 8am MST until 4pm MST daily to allow for contractors to install seismic survey nodes in Roaring Springs Canyon.
  • ALERT: The higher elevations of North KaibabTrail have 12+ inches of snow and ice covering the trail. Boots with gaiters and yak tracks, or snowshoes are recommended. Caution: during the warmer parts of the day, avalanches could be triggered on slopes that are 30-45 degrees.
  • Reminder: the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is currently closed to vehicle traffic through May 14, 2024.
 
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Current Trail Surface Conditions

When snowpack is visible on this section of Bright Angel Trail, foot traction devices and hiking poles are recommended on all South Rim Grand Canyon trails. These items may be purchased in shops throughout the village.

At this time North Kaibab Trail has 5-7 inches of snow/ice covering the trail. Foot traction is recommended.

REMINDER: BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL - IS CLOSED 1/2 mile from the trailhead down to the Silver Bridge, including Havasupai Gardens Campground. CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024. Use South Kaibab Trail for day hiking and to access Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground.

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Weather Conditions and Forecasts

Several microclimates are found within the canyon. During warmer months, the temperature increases 5.5°F with each 1,000 feet loss in elevation. Summer, highs at Phantom Ranch can average around 30° F. (17° C.) warmer than on the canyon rims. In the display below, the current temperature ranges between Grand Canyon Village and Phantom Ranch are shown.

 

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Heat Risk

Today's heat risk is NONE

Overnight Freeze Warning - for the South Rim.


 

Inner Canyon Water Status

These water statuses were current as of the time they were posted but can change suddenly due to breaks in the waterline. Day and overnight hikers should always carry water treatment options.

  • North Kaibab Trailhead: water OFF FOR WINTER
    ———Water is available at the North Rim Backcountry Information Office.
  • Supai Tunnel: water OFF FOR WINTER
  • Roaring Springs Day Use Area is CLOSED and has no water
  • Manzanita Day Use Area: water ON
  • Cottonwood Campground and Day Use Area: water OFF FOR WINTER
  • Bright Angel Campground: water ON
  • Phantom Ranch: water ON
  • Phantom Boat Beach: water ON
  • Plateau Point: water OFF Plateau Point Trail and Point are CLOSED for waterline replacement.
  • Havasupai Gardens (formerly known as Indian Garden): water OFF
    Havasupai Gardens and campground are closed for waterline replacement.
  • Bright Angel Trail, Three-Mile Resthouse: water OFF FOR WINTER
  • Bright Angel Trail, Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse: water OFF FOR WINTER
  • Bright Angel Trailhead: water ON
  • South Kaibab Trailhead: water OFF FOR WINTER due to recent freeze damage
 
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Taking Care of Yourself

Balance Food and Water

Do not force fluids. Drink water when thirsty, and stop when you are quenched. Over-hydration may lead to a life-threatening salt-balance disorder called hyponatremia.

Restore Your Energy

Eat double your normal intake of carbohydrates and salty foods. Calories play an important role in regulating body temperature, and hiking suppresses your appetite.

Caring for Your Body

Take plenty of breaks and enjoy the view while resting. Resting allows time for proper digestion. If you are hot, cool off by getting wet in creeks and water stations. If you are cold, put on layers and eat food.

If you start to feel nauseated, dizzy, or exhausted, stop and rest. Slowly begin to drink and eat until you feel better. This can take an hour or longer.

 
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Environmental Hazards

Rock Fall

Rock falls are common during or after rain, or during freeze/thaw events. Falls can occur without warning. If you hear or observe rock fall, move quickly away from the area. Do not stop if loose rocks are on the trail.

Flash Floods

Flash floods can occur without warning. Know the weather upstream. If you hear a roaring noise move to higher ground immediately. Face upstream when in or near a creek and have a fast exit plan.

Storms, Wind, and Ice

High winds, storms, and ice can knock down branches. Listen for cracking sounds and move away from the tree. Be aware of trees in campsites. Sudden limb drops can occur even on windless days.

Cold Temperatures

If you are cold, put on layers and eat food. Hypothermia can set in at relatively high temperatures. Make sure to wear weather appropriate clothing at all times of year.

 

In Summer, Avoid the Heat of the Day

Avoid hiking between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

 
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For more detailed updates, please visit the park's Critical Backcountry Updates page.
 

Current and Upcoming Trail Closures

  • Canyon Rim Trail Detour by Bright Angel Lodge (January 22, through April 4, 2024)
    Waterline construction crews are working in an area by Bright Angel Lodge. A detour has been provided with red fencing to direct visitors around the lodge. During construction, the lodge will remain open along with the fountain. The Arizona Steakhouse will reopen for the 2024 season on March 3.
  • NORTH KAIBAB TRAIL between Manzanita and Supai Tunnel - CLOSED January 9 through February 29, 2024. Closure will be in effect from 8am MST until 4pm MST to allow for contractors to install seismic survey nodes in Roaring Springs Canyon. Work crews will be installing survey nodes in highly technical terrain above the trail, which may result in inadvertent and unpredictable rock fall onto the North Kaibab Trail.

    Reminder that the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is currently closed to vehicle traffic.

Waterline Construction — Closures to Park Trails and Campgrounds within the Canyon

  • BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL - CLOSED
    1/2 mile from the Trailhead down to the Silver Bridge.
    including Havasupai Gardens Campground.
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
  • TONTO TRAIL - CLOSED
    East of Horn Creek to the junction with South Kaibab Trail (the Tipoff)
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
  • PLATEAU POINT TRAIL - CLOSED
    CLOSURE DURATION: October 12, 2023, through March 14, 2025

Upcoming Closures

  • Bright Angel Trail from Havasupai Gardens to Silver Bridge will be closed December. 2, 2024, through March 14, 2025.
  • Bright Angel Campground will be closed December 19, 2024, through May 9, 2025.
  • The Silver Bridge will be closed September 15, 2025, through December 31, 2025.

While Bright Angel Campground will remain open during most of 2024 for public use, from April 4, 2024-December 18, 2024, both large group sites and three (out of 31) small group sites will be used for Transcanyon Waterline project needs and unavailable for public use. Reservations for the remaining small group sites are available at: Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Permits, Grand Canyon National Park - Recreation.gov

The construction areas and schedule are subject to change, check the Transcanyon Waterline Project webpage for current operational status.

 

Trail Closure - FAQ for Hikers

Where can people day hike - now that Bright Angel Trail is closed?

Visitors can still have a below the rim experience on the Bright Angel Trail, as it will remain open from the Trailhead to nearly 1/2 mile down the trail to the turnaround point (during the December. 1, 2023 through April 14, 2024, closure period.

Alternatively, there are other day hike options on the South Rim of Grand Canyon. The Canyon Rim Trail stretches nearly 13 miles from the South Kaibab Trailhead to Hermits Rest, featuring numerous overlooks offering panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. It’s wheelchair accessible from Lookout Studio to South Kaibab Trailhead, with various shuttle bus stops along the trail.

Visitors looking for longer day hikes into the canyon can hike down the South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point or Cedar Ridge and back to experience some of the steep and challenging terrain. Since there is no parking at the South Kaibab Trailhead, we suggest parking at the Visitor Center, then taking the Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle bus to the trailhead. It is a 9-minute ride from the Visitor Center to the South Kaibab Trailhead. Details and schedule >

During the winter months, icy trail conditions are present on the upper reaches of all inner canyon trails, as well as along the Canyon Rim Trail.

Visitors should not attempt these hikes or walks without assessing conditions and managing risk by wearing foot traction and using hiking poles. Both foot traction and poles are on sale in the shops and stores throughout Grand Canyon Village. More winter hiking tips >
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Why does Bright Angel Trail have to close? Can I hike around the construction/will there be a detour?

During this closure period, the contractor will be installing water pipe and upgrading the water distribution systems at the Mile-and-a-Half and Three-Mile Rest Houses and Havasupai Gardens. The existing waterline is routed near the Bright Angel Trail through Havasupai Gardens and beyond it by the Plateau Point Trail.

The Bright Angel Trail section of the waterline is going to be sliplined, a trenchless rehabilitation method of installing a smaller pipe through the existing pipe.

The trail and facilities will need to be closed for workers to complete the work safely and efficiently.

No hikers will be allowed to pass through this area under any circumstances. Doing so will be in violation of the park’s closure order and may result in considerable fines and even jail time.

Learn more about the Transcanyon Waterline Project >

Last updated: February 13, 2024

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