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  • For the Next Several Days, Expect Thunderstorms and Locally Heavy Rain

    Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers will lift fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »

  • Temporary North Rim Road Closures Due to Galahad Fire Began May 29

    As of Thursday May 29, two road closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety. W4 road is closed from FS268B road south to Pont Sublime. W1 road is closed from W4 to western end of the Basin. More »

Prairies and Grasslands

Meadow on North Rim, NPS Photo

Meadow on North Rim, NPS Photo

Grassland communities in Grand Canyon are rare and few. Mountain meadows on the North Rim are of two types: montane meadows and upland subalpine grasslands. Both are typified by many grass species, with sedges in the wettest areas and forbs and grasses along the dry margins.

Semi-desert shrub-grasslands occur at Toroweap Valley and above the Grand Wash Cliffs. These areas are characterized by big galleta, blue and black grama, Indian ricegrass, and three-awns.

Did You Know?

FOSSIL FOOTPRINTS IN GRAND CANYON

No one has ever found a fossilized reptile skeleton or even an entire reptile bone within the Grand Canyon. Fossil footprints were left by more than 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, but no complete teeth or bones! More...