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!


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

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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