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 »
Biking and River Rafting
Biking for Fitness
Biking is allowed on Hermit Road and on trails designated as part of the multi-use Greenway trail system. Areas of the Rim Trail where bicycles are allowed is limited, so consult a park ranger when planning your ride. Bicycles are allowed on roadways, although bikers share the road with vehicles as there are no designated biking lanes. All park shuttle buses are equipped with a 2- or 3-capacity bicycle rack on the front. Bicyclists are required to load and unload their own bikes and are responsible for bike security. Bikers must observe the rules of the road and biking is not allowed below the rim. Be sure to follow all safety procedures, and prepare for weather changes. For more information visit www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/bicycling.htm
Bike rentals are available at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Please visit Bright Angel Bicycle Rentals for rental information www.bikegrandcanyon.com
River Rafting for Fitness
Numerous river trip options exist within Grand Canyon National Park, allowing visitors a chance to experience the wonder of the canyon from the water. Often river trips require a hike into or out of the canyon, so potential rafters should read information regarding hiking in the canyon. Trips must be planned well before arrival. Visit www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/whitewater-rafting.htm for more information on river trips.
WARNING: The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7,000 feet / 2,134 meters above sea level. Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Exercising at this elevation can be strenuous. Please use caution and when engaging in any physical activities and use care not to push yourself. Always check the weather before exercising outside.
Did You Know?
Building a structure that provides the widest possible view of the Grand Canyon yet harmonizes with its setting was architect Mary Colter's goal when the Santa Fe Railroad hired her in 1930 to design a gift shop and rest area at Desert View Point. The Watchtower opened in May of 1933. More...