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Grand Canyon National Park Public Health Update

Changes in Park Operations - Fri, March 20, 2020 - 9 am.
The following precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

Effective at noon on Friday, March 20, 2020, all Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (Xanterra) operations will close.
El Tovar Hotel
Bright Angel Lodge
Thunderbird Lodge
Kachina Lodge
Maswik Lodge
Hopi House
Lookout Studio
Hermits Rest
Phantom Ranch
Mule Rides
Bus Tours
South Rim Kennel
Effective on Friday, March 20, 2020, Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel operations are being suspended
Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020, the following Delaware North Operations will close:
Yavpai Lodge. Yavapai Lodge Restaurant and Tavern
Trailer Village will only be open for full hook-up sites.
Trailer Village restrooms, along with partial and no hook-up sites will be closed.
The RV and Camper Services building: including the laundry, showers, and food service is closed now.
Effective March 23, 2020, Canyon Village Market will be open from 12-6 pm.
The Collection of entrance fees has been temporarily supended at Grand Canyon National Park at the Desert View and South Entrance Stations. This is being done to help limit exposure of park staff and visitors to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
Digital entrance pass options are not available at this time. Please do not attempt to purchase.
Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus Service is Suspended (including the Hiker Express Shuttle)
In an effort to limit exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all shuttle bus service on the South Rim is suspended until further notice. This includes:
Hiker Express Shuttle
Tusayan Shuttle (Purple Route)
Village Route (Blue Route)
Kaibab Rim (Orange Route)
Hermit Road (Red Route) in addition, Hermit Road will remain closed to private vehicles.
All visitor contact stations on the South Rim are closed until further notice because of safety and health concerns: .
South Rim Visitor Center
Park Headquarters Information Desk
Backcountry Information Center (BIC)
Yavapai Geology Museum,
Verkamps Visitor Center,
Kolb Studio,
Desert View Watchtower.
and Tusayan Museum
Grand Canyon Conservancy's Park Store, across the plaza from the Visitor Center is closed for health and safety concerns.
Mather Campground is open. The campground office is closed. All reservation and payment must be made through Recreation.gov.
Interpretive Park Ranger programs are cancelled.
Park film showings in the Visitor Center Theater are cancelled until further notice.
All Desert View facilities are closed. Including:
Desert View Market and Deli
Desert View Trading Post and Ice Cream
Campground
Desert View Watchtower
Desert View Cultural Demonstrations are cancelled - until further notice.
Self-serve gas is available at the Desert View Gas Station - with credit card only.
Grand Canyon National Park is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM, and other federal, state, and local health authorities.
Grand Canyon National Park visitors can be assured that the facilities in the park, including lodges and restaurants, continue to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Park and concession staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in accordance with CDC guidance. -NPS

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Power Restored in Tusayan; Canyon Trails Icy

Upper Bright Angel Trail

Although power has been restored in Grand Canyon Village and Tusayan, roads remain icy. The upper portions of all trails off the south rim are snow-packed and icy, and hiking crampons are recommended.

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AZ 67 to North Rim Closed for the Winter

De Motte Park in the fall, along AZ 67

Because of the incoming winter storm, the Arizona Department of Transportation is closing State Route 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

During the winter, ADOT closes and doesn’t clear snow from SR 67, a 43-mile highway between US 89A at Jacob Lake and the park, since North Rim visitor accommodations are shut down. After closing on Dec. 1 – or earlier when weather warrants, as in this case – SR 67 reopens each spring, usually around mid-May.

Thanksgiving Winter Storm Warning - Updated 8:30 am - Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019

Storm, Grand Canyon

At this hour, Highway 64, Desert View Drive is closed. A major winter storm with travel impacts is expected late Wed, through Sat. North Rim scenic roads to Point Imperial and Cape Royal have closed for the winter. Call 928-638-7496 for updates. -NPS

Native American Heritage Events and Free Entrance on Veteran's Day

The Dishchii'bikoh Crown Dancers from the Apache Tribe will perform during, An Evening of Traditional Song and Dance: Native American Heritage Celebration, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Grand Canyon National Park is hosting free Native American heritage and diversity events as well as offering fee-free entry in honor of Veterans Day in early November 2019.

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Reduced Services as North Rim Prepares to Close for the Winter

Grand Canyon Lodge

Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim will transition to seasonally reduced services beginning at noon on Oct. 16, 2019. Grand Canyon National Park would like to remind the public to plan accordingly if they intend to visit the North Rim after Oct. 15.

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Grand Canyon is now a Dark Sky Park

Night sky at the South Entrance

The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association are pleased to announce that Grand Canyon National Park has received its official International Dark Sky Park certification. To celebrate this milestone and kick off the 29th Annual Star Party, Grand Canyon National Park will hold a ceremony on the South Rim at Mather Amphitheater at 10 am on June 22. Park leadership, Grand Canyon Conservancy management, a historian from Lowell Observatory, and a representative from the International Dark-Sky Association will speak about the importance of this certification.

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Grand Canyon Water Pipeline to be Rebuilt

Grand Canyon waterline -NPS

Today, the National Park Service finalized a plan to provide a reliable water delivery system, improve water quality, and meet water supply needs at the South Rim and in the Cross Canyon Corridor in Grand Canyon National Park.

"The pipeline plays a critical role in supporting park operations and supplies all potable water to the park's South Rim and Cross Canyon Corridor," said Kristine Provenzano, National Park Service manager for the project. Water transported by the pipeline supports more than 6 million annual visitors and approximately 2,500 year-round residents.

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Grand Canyon National Park Open During Government Shutdown

During the partial shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, lookouts, and trails at Grand Canyon National Park will remain accessible to visitors. Visitor services provided by park concessioners and other entities will also remain open and operational, including lodging, restaurants and food service, grocery stores, retail locations, bicycle rental, concessioner provided tours, and park shuttle operations.

North Rim Road and Trail Closures due to Obi Fire

Obi Fire

Grand Canyon National Park has temporarily closed Cape Royal Road. Included in this closure are Cape Final Trail, Cliff Spring Trail, the northern section of the Ken Patrick Trail from Point Imperial to Cape Royal Road, and the southern section of the Ken Patrick Trail from Cape Royal Road to the old Bright Angel Trail.

These closures are for public and firefighter safety as crews continue to prep the Walhalla Plateau. The temporary closure is in effect until further notice. The road to Point Imperial and all other North Rim trails and facilities are open at this time.

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