Temporary Closure of Grand Canyon’s Ribbon Falls Bridge

Ribbon Falls Bridge, Grand Canyon National Park / Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park’s trail crew will soon begin repairs to the bridge across Bright Angel Creek on the Ribbon Falls spur trail in the inner canyon.

The wood and steel bridge is located approximately six miles north of Phantom Ranch on a trail that takes hikers from the North Kaibab Trail to the 120 feet high Ribbon Falls.

Built in 1960, many of the bridge’s wooden components, including deck-boards, are deteriorating, necessitating their repair or replacement.

During the repairs the bridge will be closed, but hikers will be able to reach Ribbon Falls via a clearly marked detour that will route them across Bright Angel Creek on stepping-stones just south of the bridge.

The repairs are scheduled to begin on February 14 and, weather permitting, should be completed by mid-March.

To learn more about the Ribbon Falls Bridge repairs, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Shannan Marcak at 928-638-7958.

For information about hiking in Grand Canyon National Park, see the hiking section of the park’s Trip Planner which can be downloaded from the park’s homepage; or visit the park’s backcountry hiking page.

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