Dry and Warmer from Today into Early Next Week
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 »
Grand Canyon National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day 2011
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will be joining national park units across the country in celebrating Veterans Day with fee free entry into the park.
This year, the fee free designation will apply to the entire Veteran's Day weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 11 - 13. Visitors who arrive on November 11, 12 or 13 will be allowed to enter the park free of charge. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond November 13 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.
Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.
Although these will be the final fee free days for 2011, fee free days for 2012 have already been announced and include: January 14 - 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend), April 21 - 29 (National Parks Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and November 10 - 12 (Veterans Day weekend.)
For more on what there is to see and do in Grand Canyon National Park, please visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/grca. For more on national park fee free days, go to www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Did You Know?
The more recent Kaibab limestone caprock, on the rims of the Grand Canyon, formed 270 million years ago. In contrast, the oldest rocks within the Inner Gorge at the bottom of Grand Canyon date to 1.84 billion years ago. Geologists currently estimate the age of Earth at 4.5 billion years.