Grand Canyon to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Special Guests Todd and Gary Himaka

Grand Canyon National Park will host guests Todd and Gary Himaka for a special Ranger Rendezvous program on Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 pm at Yavapai Geology Museum in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPIH) Month. Visitors are invited to join in on this short walk along the Rim Trail, where the Himakas and rangers from Grand Canyon and the Horace Albright Training Center will help promote AAPIH Month and the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative.

Entrance and Backcountry Fee Increase

Effective June 1, 2015, Grand Canyon National Park will increase park entrance fees and the cost of overnight backcountry permits. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 2006. Grand Canyon began charging for overnight backcountry permits in 1997 and last modified backcountry fees in 2000.

Tusayan Shuttle Resumes Service May 23

The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan, Arizona in 2015. The Tusayan Route will be available from Saturday, May 23, 2015 through Friday, September 25, 2015 and will run at 20-minute intervals between 8 am and 9:30 pm daily.

Alternative Spring Break at Grand Canyon

While many college students lounged on beaches for spring break, 82 students from eight colleges and universities spent their time supporting Grand Canyon National Park's wildland fire crew as part of an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program.

North Rim Opens May 15

Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim will open for the season on Friday, May 15. All park services, including the Visitor Center and campground, will open, as well as concessionaire services such as Grand Canyon Lodge. The Cape Royal and Point Imperial roads will also open.

Grand Canyon Joins National Find Your Park Movement

Grand Canyon National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched March 30 by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

Desert View Watchtower Hosts Second Annual Cultural Demonstration Series

Starting Saturday, April 4, 2015, Grand Canyon National Park will host its second annual Desert View Cultural Demonstration Series. This series provides park visitors the opportunity to interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park's 11 traditionally associated tribes and for the artisans to share their history and traditional crafts. Demonstrations will occur regularly during the spring and summer at the Desert View Watchtower. Join jewelers, silversmiths, weavers, potters, and more as they share their culture, crafts, and stories.

Grand Canyon Under Siege

Proposed aerial tramway to the bottom of Grand Canyon

Two massive developments have been proposed that would forever change the character of Grand Canyon. One is in the gateway village of Tusayan, just south of the South Rim, and the other is near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers, at the eastern end of the Grand Canyon. While neither development would be in the national park, both would have significant impacts on the Grand Canyon.

North Rim in Winter

NPS photo by Ranger Steve Bridgehouse, March 3, 2015

Here's why the North Rim is closed right now! Arizona 67, the highway from Jacobs Lake to North Rim Village, will open May 15. In the meantime, you can ski or snowshoe the 45 miles to the rim. It's not a trip for everyone, but if you're an experienced backcountry snowshoer or skier and are comfortable camping in weather as cold as -30F and can deal with storms that can drop several feet of snow, then it's one of the finest backcountry experiences anywhere. (You need a backcountry camping permit in the park, but not in the national forest.)

Happy 96th Birthday Grand Canyon National Park!

On February 26, 1919, Congress established Grand Canyon National Park, effectively endorsing the actions of Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Teddy Roosevelt, who between them created Grand Canyon Forest Reserve, Grand Canyon Game Reserve, and Grand Canyon National Monument. In 1973, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater introduced a bill that greatly expanded Grand Canyon National Park, so that the present park includes all of the Grand Canyon not within the Hualapai, Havasupai, and Navajo Indian Reservations.

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