Free Entrance Days in 2018

Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, April 21: First Day of National Park Week
Saturday, September 22: National Public Lands Day
Sunday, November 11: Veterans Day

Tips for Spring Break Visitors

Visitors planning to hike, camp, recreate, and take in the breathtaking views of Grand Canyon National Park during spring break should also prepare for long lines and road construction.

As a result of increased spring break visitation, traffic regularly backs up at the South Rim entrance stations, with the longest wait time between 10 am and 4 pm. Parking lots, especially near Grand Canyon Visitor Center, start reaching capacity by 11 am. In addition to increased traffic, Grand Canyon Village roads are also under construction and some detours are in place. All South Rim operations and businesses are open and accessible during road construction.


Tusayan Shuttle Bus Starts March 1

The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan in 2018. In anticipation of large spring break crowds, the route will begin service on Thursday, March 1. The Tusayan Route will run at 20- minute intervals between 8 am and 9:30 pm daily.

Grand Canyon Star Party, June 9-16, 2018

Due to its dark skies and clean air, Grand Canyon offers one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States.

For eight days in June, park visitors explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Amateur astronomers from across the country volunteer their expertise and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing.

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art 2018

Grand Canyon Association presents the 10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art 2018 (click the link for more information.)

Drastic Reduction in Free Entrance Days

The National Park Service has announced that it will offer just four free entrance days in 2018, which is a drastic cut from the sixteen free days offered in 2017. The free entrance days will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11.). No explanation was given for the change, but it can't be a coincidence that this cut comes on the heels of the plan to sharply increase entrance fees.

Prescribed Fires on North Rim

The North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program may initiate additional prescribed fires on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park between December and January. Working as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, fire managers from Grand Canyon National Park and the Kaibab National Forest plan to start the Bright Angel Prescribed Fire (Rx) as early as Wednesday, December 6. The Bright Angel Rx, located near the North Rim developed area, is comprised primarily of ponderosa pine and patches of mixed conifer forest.

North Rim Closed for the Winter

All North Rim roads are closed for the winter. The North Rim reopens on May 15, 2018.

Hikers and cross country skiers will be able to enter the North Rim through the winter months with valid backcountry permits.

For campground use, backcountry reservations are required November 1 through May 15, as the North Rim Campground switches to primitive use with walk-in only sites and no running water. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open all year and can be reached at or 928-638-7875. -NPS


No Entrance Fees During Veterans Weekend, November 11-12

Many national parks have direct connections to the military—there are dozens of battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. In addition, every national park is part of our collective identity that defines who we are and where we came from as a nation. They are tactile reminders of the values, the ideals, the freedoms that our veterans protect.

Prescribed Fires on the North Rim

National Park Service (NPS) and US Forest Service (USFS) fire managers, working together as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, anticipate initiating more prescribed fire (Rx) treatments this week as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.


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