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Current Trail Closures

Current Trail Conditions

Weather Forecasts

Heat Risk
High temp over 110° F (43°C) below 4000 ft (1219 M) Wednesday and Thursday. Hiking in the canyon is not advised.

Inner Canyon Water Status

Taking Care of Yourself

Upcoming Trail Closures

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Current Trail Closures

 

Backcountry Trail Closures and Reopenings

Related to the construction of the Transcanyon Waterline.

  • PLATEAU POINT TRAIL - CLOSED
    CLOSURE DURATION: October 12, 2023, through March 14, 2025
  • Cave of the Domes, as well as all caves in the park are closed to protect roosting bats and other sensitive cave resources.
 

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 VERY HIGH

 

Trailhead and 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. Information on how to treat water at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/safe-water.htm.

  • North Kaibab Trailhead: water ON
  • Supai Tunnel: water ON
  • Roaring Springs Day Use Area is CLOSED and has no water
  • Manzanita Day Use Area: water ON (but water spigot needs repair and is difficult to turn)
  • Cottonwood Campground and Day Use Area: water ON (but water spigot needs repair and is difficult to turn)
  • Bright Angel Campground: water ON
  • Phantom Ranch Canteen: 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 ON
  • Bright Angel Trail, Three-Mile Resthouse: water ON
  • Bright Angel Trail, Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse: water ON
  • Bright Angel Trailhead: water ON
  • South Kaibab Trailhead: water ON
  • Hermits Rest - Hermit Trailhead: water bottle filling station ON
 
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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

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

  • PLATEAU POINT TRAIL - CLOSED
    CLOSURE DURATION: October 12, 2023, through March 14, 2025
  • Exception: Plateau Point Trail from Havasupai Gardens to Tonto West Intersection
    A segment of Plateau Point Trail from Havasupai Gardens to the intersection with Tonto Trail West is open for Tonto Trail users: April 15, 2024-June 20, 2024 The Plateau Point Trail remains closed beyond the intersection.

Upcoming Closures

  • Plateau Point Trail from the Tonto Trail junction to Plateau Point : Oct. 12, 2023-March 14, 2025
  • Bright Angel Trail from Havasupai Gardens to Silver Bridge: Dec. 2, 2024-March 14, 2025
  • Bright Angel Campground: Dec. 19, 2024-May 9, 2025
  • Silver Bridge: Sept. 15, 2025-Dec. 31, 2025

NOTE: 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.

Last updated: June 14, 2024

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