• View of Grand Canyon National Park at sunset from the South Rim

    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona

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  • Through Saturday: Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms. Sunday: Thunderstorms More Likely

    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 lifted 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 »

Soundscape / Noise

Soundscape Preservation and Noise Management:

Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) is continuing to follow the concepts put forth in Directors Order #47 (sunset date of 2004) as its direction for the park's soundscape program.

GCNP defines the natural soundscape as "the natural ambient sound level of the park." It is comprised of the natural sound conditions in a park which exist in the absence of any human-produced noises. These conditions are actually composed of many natural sounds, near and far, which often are heard as a composite, not individually. In an acoustic environment subjected to high levels of human-caused sound, natural ambient sounds may be masked by other noise sources.

The natural soundscape is an important resource of this park, and there are important relationships between how this environment is perceived and understood by individuals and society.

At GCNP, natural ambient sound is considered synonymous with the term "natural quiet." This definition is used as the basis for determining the "sound environment" for park planning purposes and other environmental compliance actions stemming from human activity that may produce inappropriate or intrusive impacts on the park soundscape.

Click here http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkID=65&projectID=28052
for information on overflights management at Grand Canyon National Park.

Did You Know?


Camping on the rim within Grand Canyon National Park is permitted in designated campsites only and violators are subject to citation and/ or fine. There are vehicle accessible campgrounds in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim, at Desert View and on the North Rim. More...