Hiking in the Heat

Visitors to Grand Canyon, especially inner canyon hikers, mule riders, and backpackers, need to prepare for excessively hot days in the coming weeks. In the summer, temperatures on exposed parts of the trail can reach over 120 F (49 C). Hiking in extreme heat can lead to serious health risks including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hyponatremia, and hyperthermia.

Fire Restrictions at Grand Canyon

The U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service will implement additional fire restrictions, also known as Stage II fire restrictions, across the North Kaibab Ranger District, and the South Rim, North Rim and Inner Canyon of Grand Canyon National Park beginning at 8 a.m. this Friday. Visitors should be mindful that these new fire restrictions will limit certain activities and will remain in effect until rescinded, which typically occurs after significant and widespread moisture arrives and fire danger levels subside.


Very High Fire Danger at Grand Canyon

With fire restrictions in effect across much of northern Arizona, including Grand Canyon National Park's neighbors Coconino County, Arizona state lands in the county, and the Kaibab National Forest, NPS fire managers remind visitors and residents that fire danger in the park is very high.


Grand Canyon Star Party, June 9-16, 2018

Due to its dark skies and clean air, Grand Canyon offers one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States.

For eight days in June, park visitors explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Amateur astronomers from across the country volunteer their expertise and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing.

North Rim Opens May 15

The gate at the entrance to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:30 am. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their 2018 operations. Kaibab Plateau businesses, from Jacob Lake to the park boundary, will also be open on May 15.

Tips for Spring Break Visitors

Visitors planning to hike, camp, recreate, and take in the breathtaking views of Grand Canyon National Park during spring break should also prepare for long lines and road construction.

As a result of increased spring break visitation, traffic regularly backs up at the South Rim entrance stations, with the longest wait time between 10 am and 4 pm. Parking lots, especially near Grand Canyon Visitor Center, start reaching capacity by 11 am. In addition to increased traffic, Grand Canyon Village roads are also under construction and some detours are in place. All South Rim operations and businesses are open and accessible during road construction.


Tusayan Shuttle Bus Starts March 1

The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan in 2018. In anticipation of large spring break crowds, the route will begin service on Thursday, March 1. The Tusayan Route will run at 20- minute intervals between 8 am and 9:30 pm daily.

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art 2018

Grand Canyon Association presents the 10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art 2018 (click the link for more information.)

Drastic Reduction in Free Entrance Days

The National Park Service has announced that it will offer just four free entrance days in 2018, which is a drastic cut from the sixteen free days offered in 2017. The free entrance days will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11.). No explanation was given for the change, but it can't be a coincidence that this cut comes on the heels of the plan to sharply increase entrance fees.

Prescribed Fires on North Rim

The North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program may initiate additional prescribed fires on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park between December and January. Working as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, fire managers from Grand Canyon National Park and the Kaibab National Forest plan to start the Bright Angel Prescribed Fire (Rx) as early as Wednesday, December 6. The Bright Angel Rx, located near the North Rim developed area, is comprised primarily of ponderosa pine and patches of mixed conifer forest.


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