Grand Canyon’s Water Pipeline Repaired; Campfire Restrictions Now In Place

Friday, June 08 2012 12:05   Grand Canyon
There's good news and bad news for visitors heading to Grand Canyon National Park for the 2012 summer, and they deal with two basic elements: Water and Fire.

First, potable water is once again available at all filling stations within the Inner Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park.

Second, because of hot, dry and windy conditions at the park, rangers have put in place campfire restrictions.

grandcanyon_e452On May 25, 2012 two breaks in the park's trans-canyon pipeline were discovered. While the breaks were being repaired, it was not possible to supply potable water to the Roaring Springs and Cottonwood Campground areas along the North Kaibab Trail.

Public notification was made that hikers in these areas would need to be prepared to treat or filter creek water.

On May 31, an additional break in the pipeline washed out a 45-foot section of the North Kaibab Trail, necessitating the trail's closure to through-travel.

By June 2, a temporary route through the damaged section of trail had been established, and the trail closure was lifted; but repair of the third and final break in the pipeline still needed to be completed.

Repairs to the trans-canyon pipeline are now complete and potable water is once again flowing to all areas of the park, including all filling stations on the North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails.

Repair of the damaged section of the North Kaibab Trail is ongoing. Hikers should be aware that temporary closures may be necessary for repairs to progress, and may occur with little or no notice.

For the most current information on trail conditions and water availability, contact one of the park's Backcountry Information Centers at: South Rim - (928) 638-7875, or North Rim - (928) 638-7868. 

Visitors may also go to the Web site at for more information.

See our original story on the pipeline breaks by clicking here.

Campfire Restrictions Ordered

Additionally, park rangers said that due to continued hot, dry and windy conditions and increasing fire danger, Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim began campfire restrictions on June 8.

All wood-burning fires, including campfires and warming fires, will be prohibited throughout the South Rim, including campgrounds and residential areas.

This restriction is being implemented in response to current and predicted weather and fuel conditions, as well as corresponding fire danger rating levels.

Both rims of Grand Canyon National Park are currently at Very High Fire Danger; and fire danger is expected to continue to increase until monsoonal moisture occurs. The restriction will remain in place until significant precipitation falls and fire danger levels subside.

"Given current environmental conditions, any wildfire would have the potential to exhibit extreme fire behavior," said acting Grand Canyon Chief of Fire and Aviation Chris Marks. "As we phase in fire restrictions, we reduce the potential for accidental fire ignitions in the park."


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