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.

Fire Restrictions Lifted in Grand Canyon National Park

Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers will lift fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park.

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Fire Restrictions Lifted on Kaibab and Coconino National Forests

Due to significant and widespread rain and rapidly decreasing fire danger, the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests in northern Arizona will lift all fire restrictions at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8. Managers typically lift fire restrictions when at least a half inch of precipitation has been received over more than two-thirds of the forests. To date, many areas of both forests have received double that amount of precipitation, with an inch or more of rain being reported in many locations. Fire danger has decreased dramatically from “extreme” last week to “moderate” today.

Fire Restrictions on Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermilion Cliffs National Monuments

The following acts are prohibited on all lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the following counties: Mohave and Coconino, Arizona. This restriction includes the Arizona Strip District encompassing Arizona Strip Field Office, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, and the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. These restrictions will become effective at 12:01 a.m., MST, 18 June, 2014. They will remain in effect until rescinded or revoked.

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The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than an agency provided ring or grill within developed campsite or picnic area listed in the order.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. Using tracer ammunition, explosives, or any incendiary devices (including explosive targets): fireworks are always prohibited on public lands.

Fire Restrictions in Grand Canyon National Park

Due to increased fire danger throughout Grand Canyon National Park, park officials will be implementing fire restrictions for all areas within the park except the Colorado River corridor. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 13, all wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires and charcoal barbeques, will be prohibited throughout the park, including all campgrounds and residential areas. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed.

Campfire Restrictions on Kaibab Plateau

The Kaibab National Forest is taking additional steps to reduce the risk of preventable human-caused fires. As of Friday (June 6) at 8 a.m. the North Kaibab Ranger District will enter campfire and smoking restrictions, and the Williams Ranger District will close the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed to public entry.

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