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  • Showers and Thunderstorms Possible Today, Then a Drying Trend Later in the 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 »

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August 21, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park Offers Free Admission on Monday, August 25
In celebration of the National Park Service’s 98th birthday all 401 national park units, including Grand Canyon National Park will waive entrance fees on Monday, August 25, 2014.

August 08, 2014
Business Opportunity Announced for Hospitality Contract on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has announced the availability of a prospectus for a business opportunity in the park, to provide lodging, food services, retail, transportation, mule rides, and other services on the South Rim. This business opportunity is very similar to solicitation CC-GRCA001-15A, announced on March 11, 2014, with the exception that the initial leasehold surrender interest has been reduced to approximately $57 million, and the franchise fee has been adjusted to 14%.

August 06, 2014
National Park Service Awards Concessions Contract to DNC Parks and Resorts at Grand Canyon, Inc.
The National Park Service has selected DNC Parks & Resorts at Grand Canyon, Inc., a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc., to provide a variety of visitor services at Grand Canyon National Park for the next 15 years. This is one of two concessions contracts that are expected to be awarded this year.

August 06, 2014
Body Located at Grand Canyon National Park
National Park Service personnel have located a body several hundred feet below the rim in the last known vicinity of missing Glendale, AZ resident Marc Buckhout.

August 05, 2014
Search Continues for Missing Individual at Grand Canyon National Park
National Park Service employees continue to search for missing Glendale, AZ resident Marc Buckhout.

August 04, 2014
Missing Individual at Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a missing individual on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

August 01, 2014
Twenty-first Annual Native American Heritage Days Starts August 7 on the North Rim of Grand Canyon
The National Park Service invites the public to the 21st annual Native American Heritage Days on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

July 28, 2014
Grand Canyon In Depth Video Podcast Series
Grand Canyon In Depth is the video podcast series that explores the natural and human history of Grand Canyon National Park. The series features park rangers, scientists, and historians as they take us beyond the rim of the canyon to discover the diversity of life and the extraordinary beauty of Grand Canyon National Park.

July 27, 2014
Greater Grand Canyon Area Fires Update July 27
Growth continued yesterday on all fires being managed for resource benefits with multiple objectives. Today crews continue to do preparation work ahead of managed ignitions and ignitions may occur on some fires.

July 25, 2014
Kanabownits Fire Continues to burn on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are managing the Kanabownits Fire for multiple objectives. Lightning ignited the fire Tuesday, July 8, about one mile northeast of the historic Kanabownits Cabin on the Walla Valley Peninsula.

July 22, 2014
Kanabownits Fire to be Managed for Multiple Objectives on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon have decided to manage the Kanabowntis Fire for multiple objectives.

July 20, 2014
Two Bats Tested Positive for Rabies in Grand Canyon National Park
On Wednesday, July 16 sometime between 2:30-3 p.m., MST, a bat landed on a visitor while she was standing in front of the Tusayan Museum, just west of the Desert View Visitors’ Center within Grand Canyon National Park.

July 18, 2014
Tourism to Grand Canyon National Park creates $476 million in Economic Benefit Report shows visitor spending supports 6,238 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4,564,841 visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2013 spent $476,194.8 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,238 jobs in the local area.

July 14, 2014
Male Hiker Who Died on North Kaibab Trail Identified
A man who died while hiking the North Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park has been identified as 47-year old Andrew Sammler of Lancaster, OH.

July 11, 2014
Man Recovered from Colorado River Identified
The body of a man recovered from the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park on July 4th has been identified as that of Victor Tseng.

July 11, 2014
Hiker Fatality on the North Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park
At 2:20 p.m. the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a 911 call from a visitor reporting CPR in progress on a male hiker on the North Kaibab Trail.

July 07, 2014
Fire Restrictions Imposed Last Month in Grand Canyon to be Lifted
Fire restrictions to be lifted in Grand Canyon on Tuesday, July 8, at 8 a.m.

July 04, 2014
Body recovered from Colorado River in Grand Canyon
This morning at approximately 9:30 the National Park Service received a call from a commercial river trip that had located a body in the Colorado River at approximately River Mile 182 on river right within Grand Canyon National Park.

June 29, 2014
Hiker Fatality on Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park
At approximately 11:30 am the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call reporting CPR in progress just above Three-Mile Rest House on the Bright Angel Trail.

June 29, 2014
Search Continues for Missing Man on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
National Park Service Search and Rescue crews continue to look for Victor Tseng of Phoenix, AZ who went missing at River Mile 157 on the Colorado River.

June 28, 2014
Missing Man on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
On Friday, June 27 at approximately 3:40 p.m. the National Park Service received a satellite phone call from a commercial river trip reporting a missing passenger at River Mile 157 known as Havasu Rapids.

June 17, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park to Commemorate Designation of New National Historic Landmark 1956 Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines Aviation Accident Site
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced plans to dedicate one of the nation’s newest National Historic Landmarks, the 1956 Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines Aviation Accident Site in Grand Canyon National Park. This site commemorates a horrific airline collision over the Grand Canyon in 1956.

June 12, 2014
Kayaker Fatality at Badger Rapids on Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park
On Wednesday, June 11 at approximately 2:00 p.m. the National Park Service received a call reporting an unconscious male kayaker at Badger Rapids, river mile 8 on the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park.

June 11, 2014
Visitor Fatality at Desert View Campground in Grand Canyon National Park
On Monday, June 9 at approximately 9:40 p.m. the National Park Service received a 911 call reporting an unconscious man at the Desert View Campground within Grand Canyon National Park.

June 10, 2014
Galahad Fire Likely to Burn until Wetting Rains Arrive
The Galahad Fire has been contained to the point where no direct threats remain to park resources. The fire will continue to burn across the southern portion of the Walla Valley Peninsula west of the W-4 Road until wetting rains arrive, typically in mid-July. Currently it is estimated to be 4,363 acres and 50% contained. The increase in containment reflects ongoing holding actions by firefighters along the W-4 Road.

June 10, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park to Implement Fire Restrictions Friday, June 13
Due to increased fire danger throughout Grand Canyon National Park, park officials will be implementing fire restrictions for all areas within the park except the Colorado River corridor.

June 05, 2014
Hard Work and Good Planning Pay Off on the Galahad Fire
Due to the hard work of firefighters and the successful plan they implemented, the Galahad Fire has been contained to the point where no direct threats remain to park resources. The fire is not out, but the chances of it crossing existing containment lines have been greatly reduced. The fire is estimated to be 3,102 acres and 30% contained.

June 05, 2014
Boater Fatality on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park
On Wednesday, June 3 at approximately 7:20 p.m. the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call via satellite phone reporting a female in and out of consciousness from an apparent allergic reaction at river mile 168 on the Colorado River.

June 04, 2014
Progress Continues on the Galahad Fire
Firefighters had another good day on the Galahad Fire holding it west of the W-4 Road and continuing to strengthen and improve existing containment lines. The fire is estimated at 2,950 acres and 30% contained.

June 03, 2014
Firefighters Make Good Progress on Galahad Fire
Firefighters made good progress today in strengthening and holding the established containment lines on the Galahad Fire. Once again hot, dry and windy weather challenged firefighters but they were able to keep the fire to the west of the W-4 Road, which is the major focus of fire managers. These same weather conditions are forecasted for the rest of the week. The fire is estimated at 2,702 acres and 5% contained. This containment is based on the portion of the fire in which firefighters are continuing to control.

June 02, 2014
Firefighters Overcome Challenge of Red Flag Conditions
Red Flag conditions consisting of high temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds challenged firefighters again today, but they were able to hold the Galahad Fire west of the W-4 Road. These same weather conditions are forecasted for the rest of the week. The fire is estimated at 2,172 acres.

June 01, 2014
Firefighters Hold the Line on the Galahad Fire
Firefighters were successful today in holding the Galahad Fire to the west of the W-4 Road, even though they were faced with higher temperatures, lower relative humidity and gusty winds. Yesterday, these same conditions caused three spot fires across the W-4 road to the east, but firefighters were able to quickly contain them. The fire is estimated at 1,975 acres

May 31, 2014
Weather Conditions Challenge Firefighters on Galahad Fire
Today’s weather brought higher temperatures, lower relative humidity and gustier winds, which tested containment lines. Late afternoon winds caused four spot fires east of the W-4 Road containment line. A plan was in place in anticipation of the predicted weather and potential spot fires. Firefighters, aided by engines, responded and are working to contain the spot fires across the W-4 Road and south of the Kanbowbitz Cabin. These challenging weather conditions are expected to continue over the next few days. The fire is now estimated to be 1,550 acres.

May 30, 2014
Firefighters Continue to Make Progress on Galahad Fire
Once again, favorable weather conditions today allowed firefighters to make good progress in building and improving containment lines along the W-4 Road to the north and south of the historic Kanabownits Cabin. These containment lines have been constructed to protect the cabin and hold the fire west of the W-4 Road on the Walla Valley Peninsula. The fire is now estimated at 1,100 acres.

May 29, 2014
Weather Helps Firefighters Meet Management Objectives
Due to favorable weather conditions today, including lower temperatures, higher relative humidity and lighter winds the Galahad Fire showed little growth and is now estimated at 743 acres. The fire remains west of the W-4 Road and south of the historic Kanabownits Cabin.

May 28, 2014
Galahad Fire Continues to Meet Objectives
National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are managing the Galahad Fire for both resource and protection objectives. Resource objectives for the fire include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem in order to maintain forest health. Protection objectives for the fire include protection of sensitive cultural resources and wildlife habitat.

May 28, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park Hosting 24th Annual Star Party
The twenty-fourth annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 21 through Saturday, June 28, 2014 on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park.

May 27, 2014
Galahad Fire to be Managed for Multiple Objectives on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon have decided to manage the Galahad Fire for multiple objectives.

May 23, 2014
Multiple Fire Starts on North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
On Friday, May 23, four fire starts were reported on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim of the park is currently at High fire danger and the South Rim is at Very High. A storm this afternoon produced rain and hail on the North Rim moderating fire behavior.

May 22, 2014
In preparation for the Memorial Day Weekend, Grand Canyon National Park would like to remind everyone to be fire aware and know before you go to your public lands
Although Grand Canyon National Park received below-average precipitation this winter, the warm spring caused vegetation in the park to thrive. Now, fine fuels are quickly drying out as winds and temperatures rise, increasing the risk of wildfire.

May 07, 2014
Tusayan Shuttle at Grand Canyon National Park Begins Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Park and Ride; We’ll be Your Guide
The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer free shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan, Arizona in 2014. The Tusayan Shuttle will be available from Saturday, May 10 through Friday, September 5 and will run at 20-minute intervals between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily.

April 30, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park to Require Camping Permit at Tuweep Campground
Grand Canyon National Park on September 1, 2014 will begin requiring reservations for all campers who wish to stay at the Tuweep Campground. After September 1, visitors who plan to camp at Tuweep will need to have a permit issued by the National Park Service.

April 29, 2014
Fatality Victim at Grand Canyon National Park Identified
At approximately 1:10 p.m. Monday, April 28, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call reporting a female that had fallen off the rim at Mather Point located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon.

April 22, 2014
Grand Canyon's North Rim to Open May 15 for the 2014 Summer Season
The Arizona Department of Transportation will open Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Thursday, May 15 by 8:00 am; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their 2014 seasonal operations.

April 16, 2014
Public Scoping Webinars Planned for Grand Canyon National Park Bison Management Plan EIS
Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) will hold two informational, online meetings as part of the scoping process for a bison management plan and environmental impact statement.

April 14, 2014
Tagged Razorback Suckers Released in Grand Canyon
Bureau of Reclamation, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, BIO-WEST, Inc., and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, National Park Service (NPS) biologists successfully released nine adult endangered razorback suckers (Xyrauchen texanus) in the Colorado River downstream of Lava Falls (River Mile 180).

April 14, 2014
Herbicide to be applied within Developed Areas of Grand Canyon National Park
Throughout the upcoming field season, National Park Service staff will be applying herbicide to targeted high priority invasive plant species in Grand Canyon National Park's developed areas.

April 04, 2014
Go Wild for Grand Canyon National Park
Go wild for the history, nature, trails, and archeology of Grand Canyon National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To get the celebration going, Grand Canyon National Park will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20.

April 02, 2014
National Park Service Seeks Public Input on a Bison Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Grand Canyon National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the latest step to manage the impacts of bison on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). After meeting with cooperators Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)--over the last several months, the NPS will initiate public scoping later this week for a bison management plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) to be prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

March 19, 2014
Kayaker Fatality on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park
On Tuesday, March 18 at approximately 6:30 p.m. the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call via satellite phone reporting a fatality on the Colorado River.

March 17, 2014
Fatality at South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
On Saturday, March 15 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a man who had fallen off the rim near El Tovar Lodge.

March 17, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park to Host Archaeology Day on March 22
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Grand Canyon National Park will host its seventh annual Archaeology Day celebration, commemorating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.

March 14, 2014
Business Opportunity Announced for Hospitality Contract on South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has announced the availability of a prospectus for a business opportunity in the park, to provide lodging, food services, retail, transportation, mule rides, and other services on the South Rim.

March 10, 2014
Visitor Fatality at Grand Canyon National Park
On Sunday, March 9 at approximately 2:00 p.m. the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of an unresponsive male at the South Entrance Station.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Grand Canyon National Park Creates $454 million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that over 4.4 million visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2012 spent $454 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,010 jobs in the local area.

February 25, 2014
Human Remains Found at Grand Canyon National Park
Park Rangers recently recovered skeletal remains from the Hermit Creek drainage within Grand Canyon National Park.

February 21, 2014
Pile Burning at Indian Gardens within the Grand Canyon
The National Park Service will burn piles of woody debris between Monday, February 24 through Wednesday, February 26 at Indian Gardens within Grand Canyon National Park depending on weather conditions.

February 13, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park to Celebrate Black History Month with Special Guest Audrey Peterman
Grand Canyon National Park will host author and conservation activist Audrey Peterman for a special evening program on Monday, March 3 in honor of Black History Month. Ms. Peterman and her husband Frank authored the book Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care.

February 12, 2014
Herbicide to be applied along railway within Grand Canyon National Park
On Thursday, February 13th, Grand Canyon Railway, in consultation with the National Park Service (NPS), will be applying herbicide along their railroad tracks including those within Grand Canyon National Park.

February 10, 2014
Presidents Day Fee Free Weekend 2014
Grand Canyon National Park will join National Parks across the country to celebrate Presidents Day Weekend, February 15-17, with fee free admission.

February 07, 2014
Grand Canyon Association receives one million dollars from Arizona Public Service to initiate the Trails Forever endowment at Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon Association (GCA), the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, today announced a $1 million donation from Arizona Public Service (APS) that will establish the Grand Canyon Trails Forever Endowment to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon’s trails. This is one of the most significant private, philanthropic gifts in Grand Canyon’s history.

February 04, 2014
Motor Vehicle Fatality Victim at Grand Canyon National Park Identified
The Coconino County Medical Examiner has identified the woman who died in a motor vehicle accident in Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, January 31, 2014 as Yuan Gao, 24 of China.

January 31, 2014
Motor Vehicle Fatality at Grand Canyon National Park
Today at 2:12 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call from a park employee about a 2 car motor vehicle accident on South Entrance Road, approximately 3 miles north of the park’s South Entrance Station.

January 30, 2014
Grand Canyon Lottery for 2015 Noncommercial River Trip Permits Opens February 1
On Saturday, February 1, 2014 the National Park Service will begin accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.

January 16, 2014
Horace P. Albright Training Center Listed to National Register of Historic Places: A Training Icon Stands the Test of Time
Horace P. Albright Training Center was officially listed to the National Register of Historic Places on September 30, 2013. The only National Park Service (NPS) training center in the West and located within the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park, the Center is a state significant Historic District exemplifying simple, practical, modernist design of the Mission 66 Era.

January 09, 2014
Grand Canyon to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day with Free Entry 2014
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.

Did You Know?

THEODORE ROOSEVELT AT THE GRAND CANYON

President Theodore Roosevelt said of Grand Canyon, "Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see."