North Rim Opens May 15

The gate at the entrance to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:30 am. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their 2018 operations. Kaibab Plateau businesses, from Jacob Lake to the park boundary, will also be open on May 15.

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.

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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 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 grca_bic@nps.gov or 928-638-7875. -NPS

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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.

Proposed Massive Fee Increase at National Parks

WASHINGTON – As part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience and ensure America’s national parks are protected in perpetuity, the National Park Service (NPS) is considering increases to fees (to $70 per vehicle- BG) at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. Proposed peak season entrance fees and revised fees for road-based commercial tours would generate badly needed revenue for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks. This includes roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services.

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