Grand Canyon from Space

Grand Canyon from the International Space Station -Astronaut Jeff Williams

This mosaic of the entire Grand Canyon from Lake Powell to Lake Mead was assembled from photos taken by Jeff Williams, current commander of the International Space Station, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the US National Park Service. To see his photos of other national parks from space, go to


2016 Grand Canyon Music Festival

Grand Canyon Music Festival 2016 poster

Grand Canyon Music Festival begins this Thursday, August 25.

Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial August 25-28

Grand Canyon from the International Space Station -Astronaut Jeff Williams

Events at Centennial Central (the Historic Train Depot)

Thursday, August 25th

9:00 am - Amtrak Exhibit Train Opens, Historic Train Depot
9:00 am - Centennial Central Opens, Historic Train Depot
9:00-11:00 am - Naturalization Ceremony, Mather Point Amphitheater
10:30-11:00 am - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
11:45 am - Grand Canyon Railway Steam Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
Noon-12:30 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
12:45 pm - Grand Canyon Railway Diesel Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
1:00 pm - Opening Ceremony of Amtrak Exhibit Train, Centennial Central
1:30 pm - Birthday Cake Cutting, Centennial Central
2:30-3:00 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
4:00-4:30 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
5:00 pm - Centennial Central Closes
6:00 pm - Amtrak Exhibit Train Closes

Free Entrance to Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial

The National Park Service (NPS) is turning 100 years old on August 25, 2016 and to celebrate the anniversary, Grand Canyon National Park will waive entrance fees August 25-28.

To join in on the centennial celebration, visitors can explore Centennial Central, visit the Amtrak Trails and Rails Exhibit, and attend free ranger programs.Grand Canyon will also host a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens on August 25. All centennial events are free and open to the public.

Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial on August 25

Celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service with Puhutawi and Grand Canyon Music Festival.

A new genre of Hopi music, taking the power and sophistication of Hopi traditional music and expanding its sonic possibilities via fusion with contemporary chamber music. Puhutawi composers Clark Tenakhongva, NAMMY-nominated creator of traditional Hopi ceremonial music, Hopi composer Trevor Reed collaborate in this new concert-length work which pays homage to the Grand Canyon – their ancestral homeland and now one of America’s most visited National Parks.

Fire Restrictions


As wild fire danger increases in the park, please observe the following year-round fire restrictions:

  • Within the park, fires are only allowed in designated campgrounds and may only be ignited in grills or designated fire rings
  • If you are hiking and camping below the rim, cook stoves may be used, but campfires and other open fires are never allowed
  • If you are on a river trip, campfires are only allowed in elevated metal pans, and use of a fire proof blanket under the pan is required

For information about fire restrictions on other public lands in Arizona and New Mexico call the Southwest Area Fire Restriction Information Line at 877-864-6985.


Shoshone Prescribed Fire

Prescribed fire

National Park Service (NPS) fire managers successfully treated 994 acres with prescribed (Rx) fire on the South Rim of Grand Canyon. The Shoshone Rx burn unit, between Yaki and Duck on a Rock points, consisted primarily of ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, and juniper.


Grand Canyon Designated a Dark Sky Park

Milky Way over Grand Canyon

The International Dark Sky Association has designated Grand Canyon National Park as a Provisional Dark Sky Park. The Park joins Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, which was designated a Dark Sky Park in 2014. For more information, see

Grand Canyon Forever Stamp

"The Grand Canyon of Arizona, from Hermit Rim Road", by Thomas Moran

WASHINGTON — An iconic painting of one of the seven natural wonders of the world — the Grand Canyon — was previewed today as the eighth of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

Long Lines and Limited Parking

Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park over Memorial Day weekend can expect long lines, crowds, and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon's visitation hit an all-time high and the park is already seeing an increase over last year's numbers. The park anticipates a busier-than-normal holiday weekend.



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