Park crews repairing Trans-canyon Pipeline break near Phantom Ranch; hike safe

Background: Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, undated; foreground: stock image | Composite, St. George News

Grand Canyon, Ariz. — A break in the Trans-Canyon Pipeline in Grand Canyon National Park occurred over the weekend. Because of the break’s location, there is no drinking water on the North Kaibab Trail at Cottonwood Campground or Manzanita Rest Area (formerly Roaring Springs Residence). The break is located north of Phantom Ranch in an area on the North Kaibab Trail known as “the Box.”

Crews will begin repairing the break Tuesday and should have it fixed sometime this week. At this time, drinking water is available at Phantom Ranch.

All Grand Canyon National Park trails remain open. Visitors hiking the inner canyon trails must be self-sufficient and be prepared to carry or treat all drinking water. The National Park Service encourages all hikers to be prepared and Hike Smart. More information is available on the park website.


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Pipeline breaks are not uncommon and the National Park Service is usually able to maintain operations without significant disruptions to visitors. A pipeline rupture in May shut down water for about a week just north of Phantom Ranch, and a pipeline break in 2013 at Phantom Ranch similarly shut down water for just a few days before repairs were completed.

Visitors planning to use the North Kaibab, South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails in the next several days may also contact the park’s Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875.

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