Backcountry Status and Trail Conditions
updated Dec 19, 2023

Trail Closures (current and upcoming)

  • NORTH KAIBAB TRAIL between Manzanita and Supai Tunnel – CLOSED Monday, December 18 through at sunset on Sunday, December 24. Closures will be in effect from 8am MST until 4pm MST to allow for contractors to install seismic survey nodes in Roaring Springs Canyon. Work crews will be installing survey nodes in highly technical terrain above the trail, which may result in inadvertent and unpredictable rock fall onto the North Kaibab Trail. These survey nodes are small, wireless sensors that will be able to detect and record seismic activity in the area. Reminder that the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is currently closed to vehicle traffic.
  • PLATEAU POINT TRAIL from the Tonto Trail junction to Plateau Point – CLOSED October 12, 2023, through March 14, 2025 (transcanyon waterline construction-related closure)
  • BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL approximately 1/2 mile from the Trailhead to Silver Bridge, including Havasupai Gardens Campground – CLOSED December 1, 2023 through April 14, 2024 (transcanyon waterline construction-related closure)
  • TONTO TRAIL east of Horn Creek to the South Kaibab Trail junction near the Tip Off area – CLOSED December 1, 2023 through April 14, 2024 (transcanyon waterline construction-related closure)

No hikers or other trail users will be allowed to pass through closure areas under any circumstances. The National Park Service emphasizes the importance of always staying on designated trails, and visitors should not attempt to go over or around a closure. Trail users should pay attention to directions from park rangers, volunteers, construction flaggers, and signs placed along the trail.

Information about the Transcanyon Waterline project is available on the Transcanyon Waterline project webpage.


Ribbon Falls Bridge has been removed due to damage. Until the bridge is replaced, visitors will be asked to stay on the North Kaibab Trail and travel safely in this area. The park intends to replace the bridge so Ribbon Falls can be safely accessed.

The Cave of the Domes is closed to protect roosting bats and other sensitive cave resources. Bats are particularly sensitive to human disturbance and will abandon roost sites. As a reminder all caves in Grand Canyon National Park are closed to protect sensitive resources.


Hiking the Corridor? Be sure to visit the Trail Courtesy Practices That Leave No Trace webpage.

Organized Group Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run: Any organized, non-commercial group of 12-30 participants, or not-for-profit group conducting rim-to-rim, rim-to-rim-to-rim, rim-to-river-to-rim, and/or extended day hikes in the inner canyon must obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). The inner canyon is defined as the area below the Tonto Platform from the South Rim and below Manzanita Resthouse from the North Rim. Groups may not break into smaller groups on different permits to accommodate group size. Commercial operations are not authorized under this SUP. For more information visit

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor
updated Dec 19, 2023

Grand Canyon’s water supply comes from Roaring Springs, a natural spring located approximately 3,500 feet below the North Rim. Water is delivered via an aging pipeline that suffers multiple breaks a year. When the pipeline breaks, water stops flowing to the North and South Rims and sites along the way. Although large storage tanks provide ample water to rim locations, while the pipeline is being repaired water may or may not be available below the rim in the cross-canyon Corridor.

When hiking below the rim a method to treat water must ALWAYS be part of your hiking gear. Information on how to treat water at

The list below shows if water is on or off

  • North Kaibab Trailhead: water OFF for the season
  • Supai Tunnel: water OFF for the season
  • Roaring Springs Day Use Area is CLOSED and has no water
  • Manzanita Day Use Area: water ON
  • Cottonwood Campground and Day Use Area: water OFF for the season
  • Bright Angel Campground: water ON
  • Phantom Boat Beach: water ON
  • Plateau Point: water OFF for the season Plateau Point Trail and Point are CLOSED for waterline replacement
  • Havasupai Gardens (formerly known as Indian Garden): water ON Havasupai Gardens is CLOSED for waterline replacement
  • Bright Angel Trail, Three-Mile Resthouse: water OFF for the season
  • Bright Angel Trail, Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse: water OFF for the season
  • Bright Angel Trailhead: water ON
  • South Kaibab Trailhead: water ON

Seasonal water stations are usually turned off for the winter sometime between Oct 10th and 30th dependent on location and associated temperatures.

Water available (year-round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center in the lobby. Water available (year-round) on the North Rim outside the Backcountry Information Center. Additional water bottle filling stations can be found on the Go “Green” and Refill Your Water Bottles web page.

Plan Ahead and Prepare: A backup method to treat water must always be included as part of your hiking gear. Backcountry hikers should always carry extra water.


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