Not always, we ran into groups that were told by Rangers last year that there was plenty of water in Grand Gulch between Kane and Bullet and that wasn’t the case…they were struggling since they didn’t carry enough water with them.As you mentioned, always smart (hell it used to be required!) to stop by and check with the Rangers.
Huh, usually it's the other way around. Last week, the ranger at the Needles District Visitor Center told us that there were absolutely no reliable water sources in the Needles District whatsoever, and everyone must pack in all the water for their trip (I had asked pointed questions about a few of the regular water sources that I am aware of). There ended up being plenty (although Elephant Canyon was indeed drier than normal)Not always, we ran into groups that were told by Rangers last year that there was plenty of water in Grand Gulch between Kane and Bullet and that wasn’t the case…they were struggling since they didn’t carry enough water with them.
I think you still mostly have to pick permit up in person for camping below the rim .. day hiking ones no .. Headed down in mid April and had to arrange to get permit as starting in on sunday.Humans are not infallible. Rangers have a lot more on their plate than checking water availability. Districts were underfunded before the outdoor industry succeeded in selling the outdoors to the masses, let alone after the post-Covid boom. I was referring to the requirement to visit the RS to get your permit (no longer required), watching the visit with respect video, making sure you understand the fragility of the ecosystem and artifacts, etc., not that you absolutely HAVE to talk to rangers about water.
At the end of the day, it's our responsibility to choose how we go about planning, preparing, etc.
Use good judgment.
But hey, what do I know? I'm just a former ranger!
I'm heading in Friday and my permit was emailed to me. No requirement to go to the Ranger Station. Still waiting for any beta on the water situation.I think you still mostly have to pick permit up in person for camping below the rim .. day hiking ones no .. Headed down in mid April and had to arrange to get permit as starting in on sunday.
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