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North Kaibab & Ribbon Falls Closures

Post by joebartels » Mar 24 2017 6:48 pm

Grand Canyon National Park wrote:Date: March 24, 2017

Grand Canyon National Park to Temporarily Close North Kaibab Trail and Restrict Rim-to-Rim Traffic while Crews Clear Rockslide Debris; Ribbon Falls also Closed

Grand Canyon, AZ – On Monday, March 27, Grand Canyon National Park will begin daily closures of the North Kaibab Trail at Redwall Bridge to remove debris from a storm-caused rockslide. During this time, rim-to-rim travel will be restricted. The unanticipated rockslide damaged a portion of the North Rim water supply line that runs close to the trail. Before Grand Canyon water utility crews can repair the pipeline, they must clear and stabilize the remaining rock and debris above the pipeline and trail. The damaged water line does not affect South Rim or Phantom Ranch operations.

To ensure visitor and crew safety during the stabilization process, the National Park Service will close the North Kaibab Trail at the Redwall Bridge to all trail users from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily while crews are working. The Redwall Bridge is located about 2.5 miles above Manzanita Rest Area, four miles above Cottonwood Campground, and one mile below Supai Tunnel on the North Kaibab Trail. The closure order is in effect until crews determine the area is safe to access. The estimated time of trail closure is three weeks, but that could change depending on weather and resources.

“The safety of park visitors and our employees is our primary concern,” said park superintendent Chris Lehnertz. She added, “We realize this closure affects visitors who may have been planning a Grand Canyon hike for years. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as our crews finish the project as quickly as is safely possible.”

The National Park Service emphasizes the importance of staying on the designated trail at all times and hikers should not attempt to go over or around the closure. There are no detours in place. Trail users should pay attention to directions from park rangers, volunteers, and signs placed along the trail.

Cottonwood Campground on the North Kaibab Trail will remain open and accessible, as will Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Campground, and the South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails. As always, rangers remind hikers and backpackers to plan ahead and check in a visitor center or the backcountry office for updates.

Access to Ribbon Falls is also closed at this time. The bridge that crosses Bright Angel Creek sustained damage making it impassable to foot traffic. There is no estimated time of repair for the bridge—it will remain closed until further notice.

For updated information about the North Kaibab Trail and Ribbon Falls closures, please check the park website (http://http://www.nps.gov/grca), follow us on Twitter (@GrandCanyonNPS), or call 928-638-7888.

For additional information about trail access and permits, call the Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875.

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Re: North Kaibab & Ribbon Falls Closures

Post by hikeaz » Apr 03 2017 1:35 pm

Grand Canyon National Park to Temporarily Close Colorado River Trail for maintenance (repair actually) starting Monday, April 3, 2017

Grand Canyon, AZ – Due to an unanticipated rockslide the National Park Service (NPS) will close the Colorado River Trail between Pipe Creek and the Silver Bridge for trail repair starting Monday, April 3 at 7 am. The trail will be closed to foot traffic and stock use. The NPS anticipates the closure will be in effect for a week or more while crews stabilize a retaining wall.
Hikers can access Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground via the South Kaibab Trail during the closure.

Just-in-time..
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, has decided to donate his first-quarter salary of $78,333 to the National Park Service, the White House announced on Monday.
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Re: North Kaibab & Ribbon Falls Closures

Post by flagscott » Apr 03 2017 2:43 pm

hikeaz wrote:Just-in-time..
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, has decided to donate his first-quarter salary of $78,333 to the National Park Service, the White House announced on Monday.
Just in time for April fools day? Trump's proposed budget cuts funding for Interior (which includes NPS) by 12%. I smell a whiff of hypocrisy.

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Re: North Kaibab & Ribbon Falls Closures

Post by joebartels » Apr 06 2017 7:49 am

Colorado River Trail Open to Foot Traffic


Grand Canyon, AZ – This week, Grand Canyon National Park trail crew was able to repair a section of the Colorado River Trail damaged by a rockslide. The trail between Pipe Creek and Silver Bridge is now open to foot traffic and remains closed to stock use. Hikers can access Phantom Ranch via the Bright Angel Trail and the South Kaibab Trail.



Delays may be possible at the construction site while trail crew continues repairs. Hikers will be directed by a trail crew member when it is safe to pass through the work zone. Repair work will continue on the trail between 7 am and 5 pm; there will be no delays outside those hours.



The NPS reminds hikers that the North Kaibab Trail at the Redwall Bridge remains closed at this time, while crews stabilize a rockslide above the trail. That closure is in effect from 8 am to 4:30 pm every day of the week while crews are working.



Access to Ribbon Falls is also closed. The footbridge that crosses Bright Angel Creek sustained damage making it impassable to foot traffic. There is no estimated time of repair for the bridge—it will remain closed until further notice.



The National Park Service emphasizes the importance of staying on designated trails at all times and hikers should not attempt to go over or around any trail closures. Trail users should pay attention to directions from park rangers, volunteers, and signs placed along the trail. As always, rangers remind hikers and backpackers to plan ahead and check at a visitor center or the Backcountry Information Center for updates.



For updated information about trail closures, please check the park website (http://http://www.nps.gov/grca), follow us on Twitter (@GrandCanyonNPS), or call the incident information line at 928-638-7688.
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