GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Monsoon season and vehicle collisions are keeping rangers busy this summer at Grand Canyon National Park.
Heavy rainfall resulted in localized flooding affecting some of Grand Canyon Village and Bright Angel Trail. Also, park rangers responded to two motor vehicle accidents July 26.
An estimated 1.6 inches of rain fell within a short time period last week. The intersection of South Entrance Road and Village Loop Drive experienced small delays as crews cleared flood debris from storm drains. The run-off affected park headquarters and Xanterra general office buildings.
Canyon district rangers reported flash flooding of Garden Creek along Bright Angel Trail. Rangers temporarily closed sections of the trail near Indian Garden until flows decreased in the creek.
All trails are open: but rangers advise that hikers be aware that debris and washouts have affected parts of the Bright Angel Trail between the Three Mile Resthouse and Phantom Ranch.
Some vehicle collisions have also caused some commotion.
On July 26 at around 3 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a single-vehicle accident just west of Navajo Point on Desert View Drive. Medics transported two people to Flagstaff Medical Center. Because of the accident, drivers saw delays and temporary closures for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene.
Rangers responded to a second motor vehicle accident just 30 minutes later near the intersection of Market Plaza Road and Center Road. The occupants were unharmed and visitors experienced only minor delays.
Park officials remind visitors to be aware of current weather and road conditions, and always drive carefully.