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.

Grand Canyon Annual Star Party June 21-28

The twenty-fourth annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 21 through Saturday, June 28, 2014 on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park. This event is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (South Rim), and the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix (North Rim), with funding from Grand Canyon Association. Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise.

Stage II Fire Restrictions- NO CAMPFIRES

Due to increasing fire danger, the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday (5/30) at 8 a.m.
On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions will apply only to the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. Fire restrictions will not yet be implemented on the North Kaibab Ranger District due to different weather and fuels conditions. Campfires are always prohibited in Grand Canyon National Park, except in campgrounds.

Fire Restrictions at Grand Canyon

Although Grand Canyon National Park received below-average precipitation this winter, the warm spring caused vegetation in the park to thrive. Now, fine fuels are quickly drying out as winds and temperatures rise, increasing the risk of wildfire. If you are visiting Grand Canyon National Park or Northern Arizona in the near future, you should know that fire danger is currently High or Very High throughout much of the area. In the park, fire danger on the South Rim is "Very High" which means that fires will start easily from all causes; and immediately after ignition, they will spread rapidly, and quickly increase in intensity. On the North Rim, fire danger is "High" which means fine dead fuels will ignite readily and most ignition sources will easily start a fire. In addition, fires in continuous, heavy fuels will spread rapidly and high intensity burning may develop.

Free Shuttle Service to Tusayan Starts May 10

The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer free shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan, Arizona in 2014. The Tusayan Shuttle will be available from Saturday, May 10 through Friday, September 5 and will run at 20-minute intervals between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily.

Each day, the first bus will leave Tusayan at 8 a.m. from the IMAX, while the first bus will leave the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 8:25 a.m. The last buses will leave IMAX at 9:45 p.m. and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 9:30 p.m. daily.

Don't Start a Wildfire!

Wildfire

Due to the extremely dry winter, fire restrictions are in effect on many of the Indian reservations and public lands in Arizona, including Grand Canyon National Park and Tusayan District of the Kaibab National Forest south of the park. This generally means that campfires are banned except in designated campgrounds, and smoking is prohibited except in buildings and vehicles. Campfires are banned in the park backcountry all year. If the fire danger becomes extreme, as it likely will, the national forests will be closed to all access. For current information on fire restrictions and closures, visit firerestrictions.us/az/.

North Rim Opens May 15

State 87, the highway from Jacobs Lake to North Rim Village, will open May 15 for the summer season. All parks services as well as Grand Canyon Lodge will open on May 15 also. The North Rim is normally open May 15-October 15, and closed during the winter.

Summer South Rim Guide Newspaper Now Available

This is the official information publication for the park, with current information on activities, services, ranger programs, and maps. Download it here: http://1.usa.gov/1fauvOB

National Park Week April 19-27, 2014

Go wild for the history, nature, trails, and archeology of Grand Canyon National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To get the celebration going, Grand Canyon National Park will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20.

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