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 »
Backcountry Rules and Regulations
Grand Canyon Backcountry Regulations
It is the responsibility of a backcountry permit trip leader to insure that all participants know and obey the following regulations. The trip leader and/or participants can be cited for violating these regulations.
Additional Regulations and Policies
Grand Canyon Backcountry Management Plan (www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/bmp.htm)
Grand Canyon Superintendent's Compendium (www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/upload/2014-grca-supt-compendium.pdf). Within 36 CFR, park superintendents are granted the right to make park-specific regulations to maintain public health and safety, protect environmental or scenic values, protect natural and cultural resources, aid in scientific research, provide for equitable use of facilities, and avoid conflict among visitor use activities. These park-specific regulations are found in the "Compendium Of Designations, Closures, Use and Activity Restrictions, Permit Requirements And Other Regulations".
Grand Canyon 2006 Colorado River Management Plan (www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/riv_mgt.htm). This is a visitor use management plan that specifies actions to conserve park resources and visitor experience while enhancing river running recreational opportunities on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon Noncommercial River Trip Regulations (www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/Noncommercial_River_Trip_Regulations.pdf). A River Permit is required for noncommercial river travel on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. It is the responsibility of the permittee and each trip participant to know and obey all the regulations listed in this document.
Code of Federal Regulations (www.ecfr.gov). The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification (arrangement of) the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
Additional Pertinent Documents
Grand Canyon General Management Plan (www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/gmp.htm). The 1995 General Management Plan (GMP) 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.
2006 National Park Service Management Policies (www.nps.gov/policy/MP2006.pdf). This volume is the basic policy document of the National Park Service for managing the national park system. Adherence by National Park Service employees to policy is mandatory unless specifically waived or modified by the Secretary of the Interior, the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, or the Director of the National Park Service.
National Park Service Director's Order #41: Wilderness Stewardship (www.nps.gov/applications/npspolicy/DOrders.cfm) . The purpose of this Director's Order is to provide accountability, consistency, and continuity in the National Park Service wilderness stewardship program, and to guide servicewide efforts in meeting the requirements of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131-1136). This Order clarifies, where necessary, specific provisions of Management Policies 2006 and establishes specific instructions and requirements.
Did You Know?
During the summer months temperatures within the Grand Canyon are extremely high. Plan your day so you are not hiking between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Take a break near shade and water to avoid the worst heat of day. Enjoy a predawn start and a late afternoon finish. More...