Storms cause significant damage to Tuweep area roads

Tuweep is located on the northwestern rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

Tuweep is located on the northwestern rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Major storms over the last few days caused significant damage to roads in the Tuweep area of Grand Canyon National Park.

Toroweap Overlook Road remains open, however, visitors will need high clearance vehicles to negotiate ruts, debris and deep puddles. Visitors should not drive on affected roads on the Kanab Plateau or the Vulcan's Throne Road until at least this weekend, or until drier conditions prevail. Operating a vehicle during muddy conditions resulting in damage to roadways is prohibited.

The park hopes to begin repairs sometime next week, they are currently waiting for the storms to pass. Historically, the area receives the highest incidence of isolated rainfall during the first ten days of September.

Tuweep is located in a remote area of Grand Canyon National Park, accessible only by driving on rough, unpaved roads. The park preserves the area for an uncrowded, rustic and remote experience; there is no water, gas, lodging, food or cell phone coverage. For more detailed information about Tuweep, visit www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/tuweep.htm.

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