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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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.

2013 Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Crown dancers

On, Thursday, November 14, Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating National Native American Heritage Month with special presentations and demonstrations.

Each year, November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are a special part of the tapestry of our Nation's history. As keepers of a rich and ancient cultural heritage, Native Americans share with all of us the beauty of their art, power of their songs and grace of their people.

Free Park Entry Veterans Day Weekend

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 during the Veterans Day weekend.

The fee free designation applies to the entire weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 9-11. Visitors who arrive on November 9, 10 or 11 will be allowed to enter the park free of charge. Those who plan to enter (or re-enter) the park after November 11 will be charged the regular entrance fee.


Grand Canyon National Park Reopens Oct 12

Visitor services will be limited for a couple of days as the National Park Service and the concessionaires ramp up. Grand Canyon National Park is receiving funds from the State of Arizona. Other national parks in Arizona will remain closed. Five parks in Utah, including Zion National Park, will reopen, as will Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Grand Canyon National Park Closed

Due to the government shutdown, Grand Canyon National Park and AZ 64 through the park are closed until further notice. The adjoining Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument are open, as are the Havasupai and Hualapai Reservations. We suggest that you contact your Congressmen and Senators and ask that they pass an interim Federal budget as soon as possible so that the parks can reopen.

2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

September 14, 2013 - January 14, 2014

Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an annual event that includes 6 days of art related events followed by a 3 month long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The exhibit opens with a reception on September 21, 2013 from 11 am to 1pm, which is free and open to the public.


50th Anniversary of Colin Fletcher's Hike of the Length of Grand Canyon National Park

Some of Colin Fletcher's backpacking gear

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Colin Fletcher’s 400 mile backpacking trip through Grand Canyon from Hualapai Hilltop to Point Imperial from April to June 1963. His poetic impressions and memoirs of the journey are revealed in his book - The Man Who Walked Through Time.-

Seasonal Closures Begin on North Rim

The staff on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will begin to shut down most visitor services and facilities on Tuesday, October 15; the North Rim will remain open to visitors through December 1 unless snow closes Highway 67 leading into the park prior to December 1.


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