Grand Canyon to Waive Entrance Fees during National Park Week April 16-24

Grand Canyon National Park will waive entrance fees April 16-24, 2016 to celebrate National Park Week and the National Park Service Centennial.

Park ranger programs will be available all week long including history and geology programs, fossil walks, and condor talks. For more information about ranger-led walks and talks visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/ranger-program.htm.

Park Infrastructure Being Strained by Record Visitation

Like nearly all American national parks, Grand Canyon National Park has a huge maintenance backlog due to years of underfunding by Congress. Yet the park smashed it's visitation record in 2015 with 5.5 million visitors, and is expected to break that record again this year. Between lower gas prices and celebrations around the National Park Service's 100th birthday this year, the number of visits continues on the upward trend:

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Happy Birthday NPS!

August 25, 2016, is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, which manages Grand Canyon National Park and the other American National Parks, most National Monuments and National Memorials, and as well as many National Historic Sites. Click here for more information.

Dark Skies Presentation at Mather Point

Milky Way over Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to join Charley Bulletts for a special hour long dark skies presentation at Mather Point Amphitheater on February 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

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Seasonal Closures at North Rim Beginning October 16

North Rim operations will begin seasonal shut-down of most visitor services on Friday, October 16. The North Rim will remain open to visitors, closing for winter on Tuesday, December 1 or until snow closes State Highway 67 leading into the park.

Regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will continue through Thursday, October 15 with the final evening program beginning at 8 pm that night. Beginning October 16, the North Rim Visitor Center will be staffed through October 24, open from 10 am –4 pm daily.

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Earth Science Week, October 11-17, 2015

Earth Science Week poster

Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate Earth Science Week (ESW) and National Fossil Day festivities during the week of October 11-17, 2015.

ESW promotes understanding and appreciation of the earth sciences and their relevance to our daily lives. National Fossil Day, part of ESW, fosters a greater appreciation of the scientific and educational value of fossils and promotes public stewardship of fossil sites. A natural laboratory and classroom, Grand Canyon is an ideal place to celebrate ESW.

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Cultural Demonstrations at Desert View Watchtower

Starting September 26 the Desert View Watchtower will again host a cultural demonstrator series. The series provides park visitors the opportunity to interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park's Traditionally Associated Tribes and for the artisans to share their history and crafts. This series is possible with grants from Grand Canyon Association and ArtPlace America.

2015 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, September 12, 2015 - January 18, 2016

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an annual event that includes 6 days of art related events followed by a 3 month long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 12 noon to 2 pm, which was free and open to the public.

Recent Storm Damage to Tuweep Area Roads

Major storms over the last few days caused significant damage to roads in the Tuweep area of Grand Canyon National Park.

Toroweap Overlook Road remains open; however, visitors will need high clearance vehicles to negotiate ruts, debris, and deep puddles. Visitors should not drive on affected roads on the Kanab Plateau or the Vulcan's Throne Road until at least this weekend, or until drier conditions prevail. Operating a vehicle during muddy conditions which results in damage to roadways is prohibited.

Grand Canyon Welcomes Fourth Graders

Grand Canyon National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. As of September 1, fourth grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

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