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Pipeline break in park leads to water shortage at Phantom Ranch

Water pipeline breaks at Phantom Ranch, causing water shortage. Photo/NPS

Water pipeline breaks at Phantom Ranch, causing water shortage. Photo/NPS

Grand Canyon, AZ - On Dec. 11 a break in the Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline caused a water shortage at Phantom Ranch.

Phantom Ranch is located in the bottom of Grand Canyon and is widely visited by many hikers. Inclement weather delayed equipment from reaching repair crews,

Park officials warn hikers headed to Phantom Ranch and on other trails in the Canyon to always be self-sufficient and prepared to carry or treat all drinking water.

Xanterra South Rim LLC temporarily suspended its Phantom Ranch overnight accommodations and services.

Park officials don't know when repairs to the pipeline will be complete. Pipeline breaks are not uncommon and the National Park Service is usually able to maintain operations without significant disruptions to visitors. All other park operations remain normal.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Grand Canyon through the week.

The Weather Service predicts continued low cloud cover and fog and visibility dropping to a quarter mile or less.

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 and/or Xanterra South Rim LLC at (928)-638-2631. All Grand Canyon National Park trails remain open. Park officials encourage hikers to be prepared and practice smart hiking. More information on safe hiking tips is available at http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hike-tips.htm.

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