Grand Canyon Star Party

Astronomer at dusk- NPS

The 23rd annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 8 through Saturday, June 15, 2013 on the South and North rims of Grand Canyon National Park. This event is sponsored by the National Park Service, Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (South Rim), and Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix (North Rim), with funding from the Grand Canyon Association. Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise. Free slide programs will be offered and numerous telescopes will be set up to view planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, the moon, and the sun.

Tusayan Shuttle Resumes

The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan, Arizona in 2013. The Tusayan Route shuttle will be available from Saturday, May 11 through Friday, September 6 and will run at 20-minute intervals between 8 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 8:30 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.


New Bright Angel Trailhead

Bright Angel Trailhead

Grand Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon Association will dedicate the renovated trailhead for Bright Angel Trail, one of the oldest and best known trails in the National Park system. This renovation encompasses a 3.5 acre area at and surrounding the Bright Angel Trailhead and is focused on creating an accessible and comfortable area for visitors that complements existing historic buildings including the Bright Angel Lodge and Rim Cabins designed by Grand Canyon architect Mary E. J. Colter.


North Rim Opens May 15

Bright Angel Point

Grand Canyon, AZ - The Arizona Department of Transportation will open Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Wednesday, May 15 by 8:00 am; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their 2013 seasonal operations.

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations include lodging, groceries, camper services, food services and a service station. All concessioner facilities will open at 10:00 am with the exception of the dining room which will open at 11:30 am for lunch. Lodge check-in will begin at 4:00 pm.


John Muir on Grand Canyon

John Muir on Grand Canyon

John Muir's 175th birthday.


Free Entry During National Park Week

Grand Canyon National Park will kick off National Park Week with a weekend of Earth Day activities and then will join national park units around the country in waiving entrance fees on April 22 - 26, 2013.

Celebrate Earth Day at Grand Canyon

Earth Day 2012

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day with a weekend of activities April 19 - 21, 2013. The weekend will include a film about conservationist Aldo Leopold, a keynote presentation by author Mary Ellen Hannibal, and a day of fun and educational activities. Everyone is invited to take part.

Bright Angel Trailhead Construction

Bright Angel Trailhead

As of Tuesday, March 12, the southwest trailhead (near the mule corral) will be reopened for all hiker and mule access. Towards the end of the week, the northeast trailhead, near Kolb Studio, will be closed in order to complete the burial of utilities, and to reclaim the path, which was modified to accommodate mule traffic.

Grand Canyon National Park to Host Archaeology Day on March 23

Ranger Emily Davis and young visitors sift for artifacts. -National Park Service

Grand Canyon, AZ. - On Saturday, March 23, 2013, Grand Canyon National Park will host its sixth 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, with a special evening program at the Shrine of the Ages.

Grand Canyon Goes High Tech in Order to Reach Students Nationwide

Grand Canyon virtual studio

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - "Do you live hundreds or thousands of miles away from Grand Canyon…? Why not let Park Rangers bring Grand Canyon to your classroom?" So starts the National Park Service's brochure on Distance Learning Education Programs at Grand Canyon National Park.


Subscribe to Exploring Grand Canyon RSS