The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station, as well as one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world. The steep walls of the Colorado River canyon and its many side canyons make an intricate landscape that contrasts with the dark green, forested plateau to the north and south. Read more about Grand Canyon from Space
The staff on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will begin to shut down most visitor services and facilities on Thursday, October 16; the North Rim will remain open to visitors through December 1 or until snow closes Highway 67 leading into the park. Read more about Seasonal Closures Begin at North Rim
Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27 with fee-free entrance at Grand Canyon and all 401 national park units across the country. Park visitors are reminded that fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions. Visitors who plan to spend time in the park beyond September 27th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. Read more about Free Park Entrance on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27
The Grand Canyon Association is pleased to present the 6th Annual Celebration of Art. Each year, a group of artists gather at Grand Canyon National Park for the Celebration of Art presented by Grand Canyon Association. Proceeds from the event go toward a fund to establish a permanent art venue at Grand Canyon.
On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Grand Canyon National Park will dedicate the park as a Globally Important Bird Area as part of its 7th Annual Celebrate Wildlife Day. The dedication ceremony for the Globally Important Bird Area designation will take place at Yaki Point at 1:30 pm.Visitors who wish to participate in this ceremony should take the east-bound Kaibab/Rim Route (orange) shuttle bus from Grand Canyon Visitor Center no later than 12:45 pm. Event attendees can visit with the HawkWatch volunteers immediate following the ceremony. Read more about Celebrate Wildlife Day on Saturday, September 13
The National Park Service (NPS) will begin issuing Special Use Permits on an interim basis for organized, non-commercial rim-to-rim and extended day hiking and running in the inner canyon of Grand Canyon National Park. The inner canyon is defined as the area below Tonto Platform (Tipoff and Indian Garden) from the South Rim and below Manzanita Resthouse (Pumphouse Residence) from the North Rim. Permits will be issued to groups with activities planned for after September 15, 2014. Read more about Permits Required for Organized Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hikes and Running
Whether your interest in the Grand Canyon lies in a quick look from a few of the rim viewpoints, a week-long whitewater trip on the Colorado River, a stay in a lodge on the very edge of the canyon, a leisurely walk along a rim trail, camping in the tall pines of the rim forest, or a multi-day trek into the canyon, this website is for you.
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