Date: October 15, 2014
Contact: Scott Sticha, (435) 688-3377
Contact: Ray Klein, (435) 688-3280

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Superintendent Rosie Pepito is announcing a seasonal road closure for Kelly Point (NPS Road # 1203) beginning this winter. The seasonal closure will begin each year on the third Monday in November and stay closed through the last Friday in March. The road will close this year on Monday November 17, 2014 through Friday March 27, 2015.

The seasonal closure during the winter months is being implemented to protect the environment from damage caused when vehicles driving on the muddy road create deep ruts. Vehicles often drive off the road to divert the mud, widening the road, changing natural drainage patterns in fragile meadows, and causing damage to vegetation and other natural and cultural resources.

Kelly Point is very isolated and difficult to access. “We don’t have routine ranger patrols during the winter months and the road is not maintained,” according to Pepito. “The temporary closure is the best way to protect the road, park resources and to keep the public safe.”

When traveling anywhere within the Monument, please be prepared for remote and primitive road conditions. Do not rely on cell phones for emergencies or GPS devices for accurate navigation information. Always stay within the limits of your ability and plan
for the unexpected. Never drive beyond the limits of the vehicle and in case of mechanical breakdown, stay with the vehicle. Always have one, preferably two, full size spare tires, a jack, and a toolkit.

Be prepared to spend the night. Carry water (at least one gallon of water per person per day), food, and warm clothing. Weather conditions can change rapidly. Washes and narrow canyons are subject to flash floods; thunderstorms can produce dangerous lightning; sleet and snow can occur year-round in the mountains.