Grand Canyon Under Siege

Proposed aerial tramway to the bottom of Grand Canyon

Two massive developments have been proposed that would forever change the character of Grand Canyon. One is in the gateway village of Tusayan, just south of the South Rim, and the other is near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers, at the eastern end of the Grand Canyon. While neither development would be in the national park, both would have significant impacts on the Grand Canyon.

North Rim in Winter

NPS photo by Ranger Steve Bridgehouse, March 3, 2015

Here's why the North Rim is closed right now! Arizona 67, the highway from Jacobs Lake to North Rim Village, will open May 15. In the meantime, you can ski or snowshoe the 45 miles to the rim. It's not a trip for everyone, but if you're an experienced backcountry snowshoer or skier and are comfortable camping in weather as cold as -30F and can deal with storms that can drop several feet of snow, then it's one of the finest backcountry experiences anywhere. (You need a backcountry camping permit in the park, but not in the national forest.)

Happy 96th Birthday Grand Canyon National Park!

On February 26, 1919, Congress established Grand Canyon National Park, effectively endorsing the actions of Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Teddy Roosevelt, who between them created Grand Canyon Forest Reserve, Grand Canyon Game Reserve, and Grand Canyon National Monument. In 1973, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater introduced a bill that greatly expanded Grand Canyon National Park, so that the present park includes all of the Grand Canyon not within the Hualapai, Havasupai, and Navajo Indian Reservations.

Free Entry President's Day Weekend

Grand Canyon National Park will be joining national park units across the country in honor of Presidents Day with fee-free entry into the park on Saturday, February 14, 2015 through Monday, February 16, 2015.

Free Park Entry on Martin Luther King Day

Grand Canyon National Park will be joining national park units across the country in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with fee-free entry into the park on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Park visitors are reminded that fee-free designation applies to entrance fees, commercial tour entrance fees, and transportation entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, guided tours, or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have the Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.

Wolves at the Grand Canyon

Gray wolf -National Wildlife Service

The animal spotted on the North Rim in October has been confirmed as a female gray wolf that traveled more than 450 miles to the Grand Canyon. See this article in the Arizona Republic.

Park Entrance Fees Waived on Veterans Day, Nov 11

In honor of those that serve and have served in the United States military, national park units around the country, including Grand Canyon National Park, will be offering everyone fee-free entry on Tuesday, November 11.

Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Native American-Alaska Native Heritage Month

In observance of Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month, Grand Canyon National Park is sponsoring a series of special events on Tuesday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 12. All are invited to participate in these presentations and demonstrations as we recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices made by First Americans.

Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday

Partial solar eclipse (NASA)

On Thursday, October 23 from 2:15 to 4:45 pm, view the partial solar eclipse with park rangers at the South Rim Visitor Center. The peak will be at 3:36 pm with the sun's disk about 40% covered. Click here for more details.

Grand Canyon from Space

Grand Canyon from Space

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station, as well as one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world. The steep walls of the Colorado River canyon and its many side canyons make an intricate landscape that contrasts with the dark green, forested plateau to the north and south.

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