2013 Construction Zones and Projects
The National Park Service (NPS) has one active construction project taking place on the South Rim during the winter and spring of 2013. This page contains a brief overview of the project with up-to-date information on where work is currently occurring and associated detours and delays that might effect your visit.
Bright Angel Trailhead Area RehabilitationFencing and detour signs are posted, directing all Bright Angel Trail access to the southwest trailhead, near the corral. The closure of the northeast trailhead near Kolb Studio will be removed on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. While the detour is in place, access will be maintained to Kolb Studio from the Rim Trail to the east.
The Bright Angel Trailhead Rehabilitation Dedication & Ribbon Cutting is Saturday, May 18, at 4:00 p.m. This is a public event, all are invited to attend. This will be an exciting event, one that many staff, GCA, contractors, and others have worked hard to bring to fruition. The project turned out beautifully, I think you'll all be pleased with the positive changes that have taken place. Please join us if you can in this historic event.
For additional information on this project, please contact Vicky Stinson, Project Manager at 928-638-7364 or by email here.
Near Market Plaza and just southeast of the Park Headquarters building, construction of the new Science and Resource Management Facility has been completed.
NPS Photos by Kristen M Caldon
The Bicycle Rental Facility opened for the 2012 season.
Mather Point and the Rim Trail are open. You may walk to the canyon rim by following the signed pedestrian paths leading from the Visitor Center Area to the Rim Trail.
Read more about the Visitor Center/ Mather Point Improvement projects that have been taking place for three years.
Did You Know?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.