Grand Canyon pipeline rupture interrupts operations at Phantom Ranch; water shortage

GRAND CANYON  NATIONAL PARK – Following a series of breaks in the Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline, Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon National Park is experiencing a water shortage. Visitors hiking to Phantom Ranch must be self-sufficient and be prepared to carry or treat all drinking water.

After consulting with the National Park Service, Xanterra South Rim LLC has temporarily suspended its Phantom Ranch overnight accommodations and services.

All park trails remain open. However, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning between 10 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Sunday, with temperatures reaching 114-117 degrees within the park along the Colorado River. The NPS encourages all hikers to be prepared and act responsibly; hiking tips can be found here.

The NPS expects pipeline repairs to be completed, allowing normal Phantom Ranch operations to resume as early as Saturday. Visitors should call the park’s automated information hotline for updates at 928-638-7688.

All other park operations remain normal. Visitors planning a trip to Phantom Ranch in the next several days may also contact the park’s Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875 or Xanterra South Rim LLC at 928-638-2631.

Submitted by: Grand Canyon National Park

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