North Rim Yurt Permanently Closed

Grand Canyon National Park has closed the yurt located at CC Hill on the North Rim effective September 21, 2017 for safety concerns. The yurt is scheduled for demolition later this fall. A park superintendent has the authority to "designate areas for a specific use or activity, or impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity" as outlined in 36 CFR 1.5(a)(1).

Seasonal Closures Begin on North Rim

North Rim operations will begin seasonal shut-down of most visitor services on Sunday, October 15. Reservations for the 2017 season at the Grand Canyon Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts, go through October 15. 2018 reservations are ongoing. The last meal served at the Grand Canyon Lodge will be breakfast on the morning of October 16; no food service will be available in the park after this meal. The lodge gift shop will be open through October 31. Self-service gas and diesel fuel will continue to be available. Canyon Trail Rides will offer their last mule rides on October 15.

No Entrance Fees on National Public Lands Day

Grand Canyon National Park will join national park sites around the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day with free entrance to the park. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors arriving to Grand Canyon National Park on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Fee-free days give more families opportunities to visit national park sites and enjoy our country's historical, cultural and natural resources.

Free Entrance on Friday, August 25

Grand Canyon National Park will join national park sites around the country in celebrating Founder's Day with free entrance to the park. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors arriving to Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, August 25, 2017. Fee-free days give more families opportunities to visit national park sites and enjoy our country's historical, cultural and natural resources.

Living With Fire

Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park can now learn more about the role wildland fire plays at Grand Canyon. The short film "Living with Fire in the Grand Canyon" highlights the importance of returning fire to Grand Canyon's fire-adapted ecosystem.

"Grand Canyon National Park has one of the most active fire management programs in the National Park Service," said Grand Canyon Chief of Fire and Aviation Jay Lusher, "and this film helps us tell our visitors the story of fire at Grand Canyon."

Tips for Enjoying Fourth of July at the Canyon

The National Park Service would like to remind everyone that the best way to enjoy Fourth of July at Grand Canyon National Park is safely. Visitors and residents are encouraged to contribute to a safe and enjoyable park experience on Fourth of July by drinking responsibly and not driving under the influence. With the holiday fast approaching, visitors and residents are also reminded that fireworks are prohibited within Grand Canyon National Park at all times.

Community Meeting with Park Superintendent and Staff

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Chris Lehnertz invites Flagstaff area residents and park lovers to a Community Conversation on July 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. Superintendent Lehnertz will be joined by several park staff members at the event.

Lehnertz said, "We have plenty of issues and projects that require official public meetings and public comments. We would like to slow down a little, meet people and start regular community conversations to visit about the park and listen to our nearby communities."

Excessive Heat Warning

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MST
SUNDAY JUNE 25

* AFFECTED AREA...Grand Canyon Country.

* TEMPERATURE...Upper 90s near 6500 feet including the south
rim, 110 to 116 degrees near the Colorado River including
Phantom Ranch.

* IMPACTS...A prolonged period of hot temperatures is ongoing
and significantly increasing the potential for heat related
illness. Those without access to adequate air conditioning and
hydration are most at risk.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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Watch Elk from a Safe Distance

Summer marks the time of year elk cows give birth to calves. Elk cows protecting their calves can become aggressive toward humans. The NPS reminds visitors to view elk and all wildlife from a safe distance. Please never approach, pet, or pose for a picture with wildlife at Grand Canyon. To safely view large animals such as elk, maintain a distance of at least six arms' lengths (75 ft/22 m). Drivers should pull off the road completely and safely to view wildlife and avoid motor vehicle accidents and traffic jams. -NPS

Grand Canyon Star Party

Grand Canyon Star party

The 27th annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 17 through Saturday, June 24, 2017 on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park. National parks such as Grand Canyon are protective havens for some of the last remaining dark skies in this country.

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