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:

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.

Grand Canyon National Park to Host Archaeology Day on March 22

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Grand Canyon National Park will host its seventh annual Archaeology Day celebration, commemorating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Special programs, activities and demonstrations will be held at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center throughout the day, including a talk by Jessica Lomatewama about Women's Role in Hope Culture at 11 a.m. in the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Theater. A special evening program at the Shrine of the Ages on Ethnobotany will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Free Park Entry President's Day Weekend

Grand Canyon National Park will join National Parks across the country to celebrate Presidents Day Weekend, February 15-17, with fee free admission.

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. Park entrance stations will have the Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them. Visitors who plan to spend time in the park beyond February 17th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.

Trails Forever Endowment

Grand Canyon Association (GCA), the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, today announced a $1 million donation from Arizona Public Service (APS) that will establish the Grand Canyon Trails Forever Endowment to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon's trails. This is one of the most significant private, philanthropic gifts in Grand Canyon's history.

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Free Entry on Martin Luther King Day, January 20

Grand Canyon National Park will not charge entry fees on Monday, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Fog Fills the Grand Canyon

Fog in the Grand Canyon -NASA

At the end of November, cold, moist air settled into the valleys an canyons of northern Arizona, trapped in a inversion. This created fog and low clouds in many areas, including the eastern half of Grand Canyon. Although many visitors are disappointed to have their view of the Canyon blocked, this is a rare phenomenon that doesn't occur every winter. Here's a satellite view of the fog forming and dissipating over several days:

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For more information, visit NASA's Earth Observatory website:

North Rim Highway Closes December 2

Highway 67 to the North Rim will be closed for the winter by ADOT December 2, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. Lodging and food service within the park has closed for the season. The North Rim is open for day use only in November, defined as dawn to dusk. No overnight parking is permitted along the Highway 67 corridor inside the park. The North Rim Visitor Center, Backcountry Permits Office, and all other services are closed. Water is available outside the Backcountry Permits Office. Pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel are available during November.


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