Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon


The Transcanyon Pipeline is currently undergoing repairs above Cottonwood immediately adjacent to the North Kaibab Trail.  The tank at Phantom Ranch was filled before the repairs began and it is expected that this water will serve critical concession needs through Friday.  However, backpackers should be prepared to boil or otherwise treat creek water to serve their needs.

Repairs to the pipeline itself are expected to be completed on Friday, February 1.  Repairs to the trail and rehabilitation of the surrounding area may take several weeks.  During all of the repairs and rehabilitation, backcountry users are asked to use caution when in the vicinity.  Hikers should expect delays and detours and should be prepared to follow any direction provided by workers in the area.

Purified drinking water is usually available year-round at Bright Angel and Indian Garden Campgrounds and at Bright Angel and South Kaibab trailheads.  Seasonal water stations are usually turned off for the winter sometime between October 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.

Plan ahead and prepare:  A backup method to treat water, should the pipeline break, must always be included as part of your first aid kit.  Backcountry hikers should always carry extra water.

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