Cottonwood Campground’s 25-year-old toilets get replaced with help of helicopters

This 2008 photo shows the view north past the restrooms and campground utility shed at Cottonwood Campground. Cottonwood Campground is a small campground 6.8 miles below the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail. To camp in this campground you must obtain a backcountry permit. Cottonwood Campground, North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, Oct. 3, 2008 | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News
This 2008 photo shows a backpacking party passing by the Cottonwood Campground restrooms on the North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park. Cottonwood Campground is a small campground 6.8 miles below the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail. To camp in this campground you must obtain a backcountry permit. Cottonwood Campground, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, Oct. 3, 2008 | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News
This 2008 photo shows a backpacking party passing by the Cottonwood Campground restrooms on the North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park.
Cottonwood Campground is a small campground 6.8 miles below the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail.
To camp in this campground you must obtain a backcountry permit.
Cottonwood Campground, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, Oct. 3, 2008 | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Grand Canyon Trail Crew will replace the 25-year old composting toilet facility at Cottonwood Campground, starting Tuesday, with all work supported by helicopter transport. The existing four-stall facility has reached the end of its useful life, and the trail crew will remove and replace it with a new four-stall building with solar-powered composting toilets.

Approximately 50 flights will be needed to transport gear and materials in and out of the canyon. Noise associated with helicopter flights, demolition and construction will be limited to daylight hours. Hikers and campers should follow detour signs and instructions from trail crew members.

The new building will be similar to composting toilet units located at Indian Garden, which were constructed in 2011. Those units require a fraction of the maintenance, and the park has received numerous compliments from campers and hikers for these facilities.

Before demolition of the existing Cottonwood structure, the trail crew will set up several temporary toilets with wooden slat privacy screens for hikers and campers to use during construction. Short paths to these toilets will be marked with directional signs. To have a space for materials and on-site construction adjacent to the toilet building, crews will create a short detour from the North Kaibab Trail.

The Grand Canyon Trail Crew will be on-site every other week starting Tuesday. Initial work will include mobilization of materials and temporary toilets, creating safe detours, removing waste and complete demolition of the existing building.

Beginning the week of Nov. 30, the construction contractor, Advanced Composting Systems, will be on-site building the new toilet structure. Work is anticipated to be done by Dec. 18, when the new toilets will be open for use.

Resources

  • For more information about the Cottonwood Campground toilet project, please contact project manager Vicky Stinson at 928-638-7364
  • Grand Canyon National Park campground resources

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1 Comment

  • fun bag November 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    million dollar crappers. I hope the seats are gold-plated at least

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