Seasonal Closures Begin at North Rim

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.

Free Park Entrance on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27

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.

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act on September 25th and National Public Lands Day on the September 27, 2014.

6th Annual 2014 Celebration of Art

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.

For more information, contact Kathy Duley 480-277-0458, email kduley@grandcanyon.org, or visit the website, https://www.grandcanyon.org/arts-and-culture/6th-annual-2014-celebration...

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Celebrate Wildlife Day on Saturday, September 13

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.

Permits Required for Organized Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hikes and Running

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.

Free Admission to All National Parks on Monday, August 25

In celebration of the National Park Service’s 98th birthday all 401 national park units, including Grand Canyon National Park will waive entrance fees on Monday, August 25, 2014.

Grand Canyon Music Festival Starts August 22

The festival's 31st season starts Friday, August 22, and runs through Saturday September 5. For more information, check the festival website, grandcanyonmusicfest.org

Two Serious Threats to the Grand Canyon

This editorial in the New York Times sums up very well why the proposed developments at Tusayan and the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers should never be built. And here's a link to an article on National Geographic.

Native American Heritage Days Beginning August 7 on the North Rim

The National Park Service invites the public to the 21st 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 7, 2014, and will end with a special evening program on Friday, August 8.

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