Grand Canyon National Park's 94th Birthday

Steven Mather, first Director of the NPS (far left), with Grand Canyon's first and second designated Superintendents, Dewitt Raeburn and Walter Crosby (far right.) NPS Photo c1921

Steven Mather, first Director of the NPS (far left), with Grand Canyon's first and second designated Superintendents, Dewitt Raeburn and Walter Crosby (far right.)
NPS Photo c1921

On Tuesday, February 26, Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the anniversary of its designation as a national park 94 years to the day after An Act to Establish the Grand Canyon National Park in the State of Arizona was signed into law.

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Free Entry on Martin Luther King Day

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors who arrive in the park on Monday, January 21. Visitors who enter (or re-enter) the park before or after January 21 will be charged the regular entrance fee.

Bright Angel Campground Periodic Closures

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will be replacing and relocating the underground electric cable that serves Phantom Ranch early in 2013. The project will be completed by Lake Powell Construction in coordination with Arizona Public Service and the National Park Service.

Work on this project is expected to begin on Monday, January 7. It is currently anticipated that the replacement and relocation will be completed by March, conditions permitting.

North Rim Closed

The North Rim closed for the season at 8 am on Monday, November 26, 2012. Hikers and cross country skiers will still be able to enter the North Rim of the park throughout the winter months, providing backcountry permits have been obtained through the park's South Rim Backcountry Information Center or at the Visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument, located in Fredonia, Arizona. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open year-round and can be reached by calling (928) 638-7875, Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. MST.

Bright Angel Trailhead Construction

Bright Angel Trail rim detour

Due to construction at the trailhead, a detour is needed to reach the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim. See Grand Canyon National Park 2012 construction for details.

North Rim Prescribed Fires Completed

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers have completed ignitions on both the Range and Thompson Prescribed Fires (Rx). Approximately 2,300 acres were treated in the Range burn unit and approximately 3,800 acres were treated in the Thompson unit. Fire managers employed both hand and aerial ignitions in both units.

Goals and objectives were met:

Initial post-treatment observations indicate that goals and objectives for both fires were met. In addition to maintaining the natural role of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, these fires:

North Rim Prescribed Fire Update and Closures

Early morning smoke

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers estimate approximately 2,000 acres have been treated since Friday, November 2 on the Thompson prescribed fire (Rx). Fire managers decided to take advantage of favorable conditions and deepen the unit to the south, expanding defensible space between the park and the Kaibab National Forest to aid in protecting threatened and endangered species habitat adjacent to the boundary, including Apache trout and Mexican spotted owl habitat.

Trail and Road Closures due to Prescribed Fires on North Rim

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers have completed ignitions on the Range prescribed fire (Rx) unit. Approximately 2,300 acres have been treated. This prescribed fire has helped reduce the build-up of dead and down vegetation on the forest floor, reducing the risk of extreme fire behavior along Highway 67, the North Rim's primary egress route, and protecting and enhancing Mexican spotted owl habitat.

Update on North Rim Prescribed Fires

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers have treated approximately 1,700 acres of the Range prescribed fire (Rx) unit since ignitions began on Saturday, October 27. Fire managers plan to continue ignitions today and tomorrow if environmental conditions remain favorable. Approximately 2,300 total acres may be treated. This prescribed fire is helping to reduce the build-up of dead and down vegetation on the forest floor, reducing the risk of extreme fire behavior along the North Rim's primary egress route, and protecting and enhancing Mexican spotted owl habitat.

North Rim Prescribed Fires

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - North Zone Interagency Fire Managers currently anticipate initiating the Range Prescribed Fire (Range Rx) on Saturday, October 27. If conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin both hand and aerial ignitions before noon. If fire behavior and effects are within desired parameters, ignitions may continue for up to five days.

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