November 30, 2023–Sections of the Bright Angel and Tonto Trails will be closed on December 1, 2023-April 14, 2024, to support the work on the Transcanyon Waterline Project–see the Bright Angel Trail map below.
The Bright Angel Trail will be closed approximately ½ mile / 0.8 km from the trailhead (at “Cinch Up”) to the Silver Bridge at the Colorado River according to a Grand Canyon National Park news release.
The upper 0.5 miles / 0.8 m of Bright Angel Trail remains open. Visitors can hike down 0.5 mile / 0.8 km on the Bright Angel Trail from the South Rim to “Cinch Up.”
There, they will have to turn around and retrace their steps 0.5 mile / 0.8 km back to the Bright Angel Trailhead on the South Rim. (See the Bright Angel Trail map included in this article.)
Bright Angel Trail Map Showing Trail Closures
Grand Canyon National Park visitors can hike down to the Bright Angel turnaround point 0.5 miles / 0.8 km into the Grand Canyon. Then, they must turn around and walk back to the trailhead.
So, too, the Tonto Trail is closed east of Horn Creek to the South Kaibab Trail junction until April 14, 2024.
Plateau Point Trail is also closed and not set to open until March 14, 2025.
Bright Angel Trail Map: 2023-2025 Campground and Trail Closures
The above Bright Angel Trail map shows the trails and campgrounds that are closed for the Inner Canyon Waterline project, according to a Grand Canyon National Park press release.
Havasupai Gardens Campground is closed until April 14, 2024. The East Tonto Trail and Bright Angel Trail are also shuttered through mid-April as indicated on the Bright Angel Trail map above.
The Plateau Point Trail has been closed since earlier this fall and will remain closed until March 14, 2025.
As stated earlier, visitors will be able to walk the first 0.5 mi / 0.8 km into the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. (See the Bright Angel Trail map above.)
Visitors looking for day hikes as alternatives to Bright Angel Trail could consider:
- South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point
- Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa
- Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs
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