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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 »

General Management Plan

THE COVER OF GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARKS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

GMP (7.33MB PDF File)

The 1995 General Management Plan (GMP) [7.33MB pdf]
for Grand Canyon National Park guides the management of resources, visitor use, and general development at the park. The primary purpose of the plan is to provide a foundation from which to protect park resources while providing for meaningful visitor experiences.

The park developed a Foundation Statement [760kb pdf] in 2010; this document records our shared understanding of the park's purpose, significance, and resources and values. Additionally, it serves as a foundation for future planning and management.

In 2008, an interdisciplinary team of Grand Canyon National Park employees completed a thorough review of the GMP. This review documented which GMP projects still require implementation, and served as a useful tool to determine park priorities. In 2009, the park expects to initiate compliance processes and public scoping on several projects identified during the review. More information about these projects will be available through PEPC.

 

While the General Management Plan provides overall direction for park management, the specific actions needed to implement the plan are provided through subsequent planning efforts. Needed parkwide management plans (such as a cave management plan) are identified in the GMP. Although the GMP describes management objectives for undeveloped areas of the park, the focus is on developed areas:

1. South Rim: Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon Village, and Desert View

2. North Rim: Bright Angel Point and Walhalla Plateau

3. Tuweep

4. Corridor trails: primarily the Bright Angel Trail, the North and South Kaibab Trails, and the River Trail

The GMP represents the culmination of a four-year process that included extensive efforts to involve local citizens, American Indian tribes, and public and private agencies. The environmental impacts of implementing this plan were analyzed in a Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, (DEIS) which was on public review from March 13 to May 11, 1995. An abbreviated Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was released for public review on July 21, 1995. A record of decision (ROD) supporting selection of the proposed action as the approved plan was signed on August 21, 1995. Subsequent planning documents, such as the 2005 North Rim Development Plan and the 2008 South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan amend the GMP.

Did You Know?

CCC STRINGS THE INNER-CANYON TELEPHONE LINE

In November of 1934, the Grand Canyon Civilian Conservation Corps began working on a trans-canyon telephone line. Starting at Indian Garden, they progressed downward to the Colorado River. It was necessary to complete this portion of the line first before the onset of extreme summer heat. More...