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  • Expect Warm and Dry Conditions through Thursday

    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 »

2008 News Release Archive

These are the news releases from the year 2008. The links and contact information contained within may now be outdated and may no longer be valid.

Grand Canyon National Park news releases from the year 2008 are available in the Adobe PDF file format. To download a news release, click on the date of the release.


 

December 11, 2008
New Exhibit in Grand Canyon’s Geology Museum at Yavapai Point Wins Prestigious NAI Award

December 11, 2008
Grand Canyon CCC Exhibit Shared Echoes of the Past, Provided Inspiration for the Future

December 4, 2008
Two More California Condor Chicks Flying Free at Grand Canyon

December 2, 2008
Finding of No Significant Impact signed for the Bright Angel Trailhead Area Design Plan at Grand Canyon National Park


 

November 26, 2008
Park Partners with Northern Arizona University

November 26, 2008
State Route 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon to Close for the Season

November 25, 2008
Helicopter Mechanic Richard Gibson Receives AirWard at Grand Canyon

November 24, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park Staff Members Commended for Lifesaving Actions

November 20, 2008
Grand Canyon’s First Celebrate Wildlife Day a Huge Success

November 19, 2008
National Park Service reopens historic Hermit Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the road and rehabilitation project

November 18, 2008
National Park Service to release Board of Review Report on 2007 death of Grand Canyon National Park employee Eric York

Eric York Board of Review Report

November 17, 2008
Michael Archer Named Chief Ranger of Grand Canyon National Park

November 10, 2008
Fire Managers to Initiate Pile Burning on South Rim of Grand Canyon

November 7, 2008
Fire Managers Make Plans to Initiate Range Prescribed Burn on North Rim of Grand Canyon

November 4, 2008
November Fire Discovered on North Rim of Grand Canyon

November 3, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park’s historic Hermit Road scheduled to reopen Saturday, November 15, 2008 with a dedication ceremony honoring the road and rehabilitation project

 

October 23, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park Invites the Public to “Celebrate Wildlife Day”

October 23, 2008
Body Retrieved from Below Rim at Grand Canyon

October 23, 2008
National Park Service releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Grand Canyon’s Fire Management Plan

October 21, 2008
Grand Canyon to Waive Fees for Veterans on Veterans Day

October 9, 2008
Man Who Died in Fall Identified

October 7, 2008
Fatality on South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park


 

September 22, 2008
National Park Service to “Celebrate Wildlife” at Grand Canyon National Park

September 16, 2008
National Park Service to hold informational meetings on removal of man-made features at Orphan Mine Site within Grand Canyon National Park

September 15, 2008
Volunteers to Help Grand Canyon National Park Celebrate National Public Lands Day

September 12, 2008
Prescribed Fires Planned for South Rim of Grand Canyon

September 9, 2008
National Park Service and Arizona Department of Public Safety conducted commercial vehicle inspections at Grand Canyon National Park

September 8, 2008
The Grand Canyon Association is the official fund-raising partner for the National Park Service on behalf of Grand Canyon National Park

September 4, 2008
National Park Service Seeking Comments on Future Operation of Train Service within Grand Canyon National Park

September 3, 2008
Prescribed Fires Planned for North Rim and North Kaibab

September 3, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on National Public Lands Day


 

August 29, 2008
Fatality in Inner Canyon

August 29, 2008
National Park Service to extend pilot shuttle bus program between Grand Canyon National Park and neighboring town of Tusayan

August 29, 2008
Fawn Fire Discovered on North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

August 28, 2008
Commercial Vehicle inspections to take place within Grand Canyon National Park

August 22, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim facilities to close for the season in mid-October -National Park Service operations will be extended until late November or until snow closes Hwy 67

August 18, 2008
Rescue Operation of Stranded Boaters Completed At Grand Canyon

August 17, 2008
Woman Rescued After Falling Over Edge of Grand Canyon

August 17, 2008
Significant Flooding Results in the Evacuation of in Excess of 400 Residents and Campers in Supai Canyon

August 13, 2008
Special Junior Ranger Program Provides Unique Opportunity for Youth to Connect with the Past at Grand Canyon National Park

August 9, 2008
Victim in falling accident at Grand Canyon National Park identified

August 8, 2008
Falling fatality at Grand Canyon National Park

August 7, 2008
Walla Valley Fire Declared Out

August 5, 2008
Fifteenth Annual Native American Heritage Days Starts August 14 on North Rim of Grand Canyon

August 1, 2008
Private Cataraft Temporarily Stranded in Grand Canyon

August 1, 2008
Grand Canyon Hosts a Day of Learning for Envirothon Participants


 

July 23, 2008
Stranded Boat Freed in Grand Canyon

July 8, 2008
W4 Road to Point Sublime on North Rim of Grand Canyon Now Open

July 7, 2008
Tiyo Wildland Fire Use Fire Burning On North Rim of Grand Canyon

July 3, 2008
W-1 Road to Point Sublime Re-opens at Grand Canyon National Park

July 2, 2008
Walla Valley Fire Update
This will be the last update unless there are changes to report or until managers declare the fire out.

July 1, 2008
Walla Valley Fire Update


 

June 30, 2008
Walla Valley Fire Update

June 30, 2008
Firefighter Fatality in Private Medical Helicopter Collision

June 29, 2008
Walla Valley Fire Update

June 28, 2008
Walla Valley Fire Update

June 27, 2008
Walla Valley Fire Update

June 26, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park Converts Walla Valley Prescribed Burn to Wildfire Status

June 26, 2008
Construction work continues on Grand Canyon’s historic Hermit Road

June 24, 2008
Holding Operations Continue on Walla Valley Prescribed Fire

June 22, 2008
Fire Managers at Grand Canyon National Park Suspend Ignition of Walla Valley Prescribed Burn

June 21, 2008
Fire Management Officials Begin Walla Valley Prescribed Burn in Grand Canyon National Park

June 20, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park’s River Orientation Video: Much More Than an Orientation

June 16, 2008
Prescribed fire scheduled to occur on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in next several days if conditions allow

June 11, 2008
Artist-in-Residence on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

June 5, 2008
North Kaibab Trail Repairs Completed, Restrictions Lifted

June 2, 2008
Special public program on archeological excavations along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park to be held Saturday, June 7th at the Museum of Northern Arizona


 

May 29, 2008
Good Decisions Lead to Fortunate Outcome for Grand Canyon Backpackers

May 29, 2008
Finding of No Significant Impact signed for Grand Canyon’s South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan

May 28, 2008
Lost Backpackers Found at Grand Canyon National Park

May 28, 2008
Search for Overdue Hikers at Grand Canyon National Park Continues

May 27, 2008
National Park Service Searching for Overdue Hikers at Grand Canyon National Park

May 23, 2008
Symposium and Exhibit to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of CCC at Grand Canyon National Park

May 21, 2008
Astronomers Present Free Star Programs at Grand Canyon National Park

May 19, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park to begin operating a 100 percent dedicated fleet of compressed natural gas powered buses

May 19, 2008
National Park Service to test a pilot shuttle bus program between Grand Canyon National Park and neighboring town of Tusayan

May 13, 2008
Pile Burning to Resume at South Rim of Grand Canyon

May 13, 2008
Search for Armed Car-jackers Continues
Suspects found dead in apparent murder/suicide on May 14.
For more information, please contact Mike Minter of the Pinal County Sherriff's Office at 520-705-5564.

May 12, 2008
Car-jacking at Grand Canyon National Park

May 12, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park implementing a cell phone audio tour for visitors to the South Rim

May 8, 2008
Grand Canyon Vegetation Program Asks, “What’s in Your Backyard?


 

April 21, 2008
Finding of No Significant Impact signed for construction of Phase V of the Grand Canyon Greenway at Grand Canyon National Park

April 14, 2008
Highway 67 to Grand Canyon North Rim to open for the season on May 15

April 9, 2008
National Park Service to clarify the definition of “substantial restoration of natural quiet” at Grand Canyon National Park

April 7, 2008
Body recovered from below the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has been identified

April 7, 2008
Invasive plant species to be treated at Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim

April 4, 2008
Body Recovered Below the Rim


 

March 27, 2008
Update on the Fatality on the Bright Angel Trail

March 26, 2008
Fatality on the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park

March 21, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park hosts Alternative Spring Break program

March 20, 2008
National Park Service Celebrates 75th Anniversary of CCC at Grand Canyon National Park

March 18, 2008
Victim in Colorado River Boating Accident Identified

March 17, 2008
Man dies in rafting accident on the Colorado River

March 17, 2008
Tanner Trail Reopens on South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

March 16, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Searching for Missing Man

March 6, 2008
Sister Park Relationships Overcome Boundaries

March 3, 2008
National Park Service Will Not Re-Issue Prospectus for Gift Shop Services on Grand Canyon's
South Rim


 

February 27, 2008
Grand Canyon’s North Kaibab Trail Reopens with Restrictions

February 21, 2008
United States/Mexico Sister Parks Conference to be Held at Grand Canyon

February 16, 2008
National Park Rangers Recover Body from Below Canyon Rim

February 15, 2008
National Park Service announces availability of the South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan Environmental Assessment for Grand Canyon National Park

February 8, 2008
National Park Service Announces Final Decision Document for Narrowband Radio Conversion Project at Grand Canyon National Park

February 1, 2008
Update on Grand Canyon National Park Trail Closures

February 1, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park Accepting Lottery Applications for Noncommercial Colorado River Permits


 

January 31, 2008
Improvements to Grand Canyon’s South Entrance Road to Begin

January 30, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park Reports Increase in Annual Visitation

January 29, 2008
Park Rangers Remind Grand Canyon Visitors to Use Caution When Driving in Winter Conditions

January 18, 2008
High-Flow Experiment Proposed to Improve Grand Canyon Resources

January 14, 2008
Recent Weather Conditions Cause Damage to Grand Canyon’s North Kaibab Trail

January 9, 2008
National Park Service Announces Availability of Environmental Assessment for Phase V of the Grand Canyon Greenway at Grand Canyon National Park

January 8, 2008
Grand Canyon Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of Grand Canyon National Monument with a Fee-Free Day and Special Programs

January 8, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park’s historic Hermit Road to be rehabilitated this spring

January 3, 2008
National Park Service announces cancellation of the solicitation of proposals for gift shop services on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park


Did You Know?

THE INNER GORGE OF THE GRAND CANYON, 1200 feet (366m)

Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)