Heavy monsoonal rainfall caused damage to portions of the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park recently. The trail was closed to livestock use approximately one-half mile below Cedar Ridge. Trail crews have completed work to remove debris from the trail. (See the slideshow above for photos of the repair efforts.) The Kaibab Trail is now open to livestock as well as foot traffic.
Heavy rainfall also caused damage to a section of the North Kaibab Trail below Supai Tunnel. Although currently open to hikers, cross canyon stock use and pack mules are prohibited on this section of trail until trail repairs can be completed. Weather permitting, trail crews anticipate that work will be finished on this section of trail in early October. This restriction does not affect the North Rim mule operations conducted by Canyon Trail Rides between the north trailhead and Supai Tunnel.
Additional rainfall could result in future damage or debris on the trail. Hikers are reminded to use caution when hiking on any trail in the park during or after heavy rain. Wet, muddy, and debris scattered trail conditions can lead to greater chances of slips, trips, and falls. Before beginning a hike, always check the status of the trails and the weather forecast.
For more information about hiking safety at Grand Canyon please visit the hiking page on the national park's website. Current trail conditions and information about hiking in the Grand Canyon backcountry can be found at http://go.nps.gov/grcabackcountry.