Temporary Closure of Cape Royal Road

Grand Canyon National Park has begun improvements to Cape Royal Road on the North Rim. Beginning September 3, 2013 Cape Royal Road from Roosevelt Point to Cape Royal Point, at approximately mile 11.5, will be closed for repaving.

Additional improvements along the stretch of Cape Royal Road include sidewalk replacement at Walhalla Pullout, parking lot enhancements at the Cape Royal Parking area and repaving the Cape Royal Trail and Overlook.

Free Admission Sunday August 25

In celebration of the National Park Service's 97th birthday all 401 national park units, including Grand Canyon National Park will waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Twentieth Annual Native American Heritage Days

The National Park Service invites the public to the 20th annual Native American Heritage Days on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

This event, which celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau, the Arizona Strip and the Grand Canyon, will begin with a morning nature walk on Thursday, August 8, 2013, and will end with a special evening program on Friday, August 9.

Phantom Ranch Reopens

Grand Canyon National Park staff have completed repairs to the Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline. Crews are monitoring the re-pressurization of the pipeline, which should be completed by noon on Sunday, June 30. Xanterra South Rim LLC will resume operations Sunday; guests at Phantom Ranch are being advised that water restrictions may resume if another break occurs during re-pressurization.

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Phantom Ranch Remains Closed due to Water Shortage

The canteen at Phantom Ranch

The canteen at Phantom Ranch

As a result of a series of breaks in the Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline, Phantom Ranch at the bottom of Grand Canyon continues to experience a water shortage.

Visitors hiking to Phantom Ranch must be self-sufficient and be prepared to carry or treat all drinking water. Xanterra South Rim LLC continues temporary suspension of its Phantom Ranch overnight accommodations and services. Hikers on the North Kaibab Trail should also be aware that water is temporarily unavailable at Roaring Springs Day Use Area and Cottonwood Campground.

Fire Restrictions at Grand Canyon National Park

Fire Restrictions at Grand Canyon National Park

Due to extreme fire danger throughout Grand Canyon National Park, park officials will be implementing fire restrictions for all areas within the park except the Colorado River corridor.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, all wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires and charcoal barbeques, will be prohibited throughout the park, including all campgrounds and residential areas.

Tusayan Shuttle No Longer Goes to Airport

Tusayan Shuttle

Unlike last summer, the seasonal Tusayan Shuttle operated by the park does not go to the airport. Some shuttle route maps, including the permanent one at the Visitor Center, continue to show the airport as a stop. The nearest stop is Best Western Squire Inn, which is about 0.5 mile from the airport. Xanterra Taxi (928-638-2822), is the only direct service to and from the airport.

Grand Canyon Star Party

Astronomer at dusk- NPS

The 23rd annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 8 through Saturday, June 15, 2013 on the South and North rims of Grand Canyon National Park. This event is sponsored by the National Park Service, Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (South Rim), and Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix (North Rim), with funding from the Grand Canyon Association. Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise. Free slide programs will be offered and numerous telescopes will be set up to view planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, the moon, and the sun.

Tusayan Shuttle Resumes

The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan, Arizona in 2013. The Tusayan Route shuttle will be available from Saturday, May 11 through Friday, September 6 and will run at 20-minute intervals between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., daily.

Each day, the first bus will leave Tusayan at 8 a.m. from the IMAX, while the first bus will leave the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. The last buses will leave IMAX at 9:45 p.m. and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 9:30 p.m. daily.

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New Bright Angel Trailhead

Bright Angel Trailhead

Grand Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon Association will dedicate the renovated trailhead for Bright Angel Trail, one of the oldest and best known trails in the National Park system. This renovation encompasses a 3.5 acre area at and surrounding the Bright Angel Trailhead and is focused on creating an accessible and comfortable area for visitors that complements existing historic buildings including the Bright Angel Lodge and Rim Cabins designed by Grand Canyon architect Mary E. J. Colter.

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