Science Research - Permits
Park-Specific Permit Conditions
We welcome your interest in Grand Canyon National Park, and look forward to working with you and learning more about your project through reports and personal contacts. We encourage you to work closely with park staff whenever opportunities allow. A National Park Service representative may accompany the permittee in the field to learn about your research and to ensure compliance with regulations.
All studies in Grand Canyon National Park, large or small, must have their own Research & Collecting Permit which is obtained through a proposal and review process that requires approximately 90 days. The permitting process is a critical component that enables Grand Canyon NP to understand ongoing research projects and incorporate this knowledge into our research database resulting in more informed management of valuable resources. This permit authorizes access to study sites by public roads, and by day hiking on open trails. The Research and Collecting Permit may also authorize limited collection of scientific specimens within the park.
MOST OF GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK IS MANAGED AS WILDERNESS. Management restrictions apply and affect approval of transportation means, field work timing and frequency, group size, and the use of mechanized or motorized tools. We ask that you limit your activities to the minimum necessary to meet the objectives of your approved proposal. With few exceptions, research use of aircraft, motor vehicles, motor boats, generators, or motor-powered devices of any kind are not allowed within areas managed as wilderness. However, if motor use or any potential activity outside or wilderness requirements is essential to your research, you are required to submit a detailed written justification including consideration of alternative methods or equipment in the SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION AND SPECIAL CONCERNS section of your study proposal in order for your activity to be considered for approval.
Did You Know?
During the summer months temperatures within the Grand Canyon are extremely high. Plan your day so you are not hiking between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Take a break near shade and water to avoid the worst heat of day. Enjoy a predawn start and a late afternoon finish. More...