Expect Isolated Thunderstorm Activity Through Thursday. A Greater Chance on 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. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Grand Canyon to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day with Free Entry 2014
Contact: Kirby Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, AZ – Grand Canyon National Park will be joining national park units across the country in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with fee-free entry into the park on Monday, January 20, 2014.
Park visitors are reminded that 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 the Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them. Visitors who plan to spend time in the park beyond January 20th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.
Grand Canyon's South Rim sits at approximately 7,000 feet. As a result, visitors should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions, and should be aware that road closures and temporary suspension of shuttle service may occur with little or no notice if winter weather passes through the area.
This year, additional fee-free days will occur in honor of Presidents Day (February 15-17), kick off to National Park Week (April 19-20), National Park Service Birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 27) and Veterans Day (November 11).
For more information on what there is to see and do in Grand Canyon National Park. Please visit the park's website www.nps.gov/grca. For more on national park fee-free days, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
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.