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

    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona

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  • Expect Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms Friday, with Increasing Chances Over the Weekend

    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 »

  • Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies

    One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. 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?


Mental attitude, adequate water and food consumption are absolutely essential to the success of any Grand Canyon hike. The day hiker and the overnight backpacker must be prepared for the lack of water, extreme heat and cold, and the isolation characteristic of the Grand Canyon. More...