Expect Isolated Afternoon and Evening Thunderstorms Through 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 »
Trail Courtesy Practices That Leave No Trace
South Kaibab, Bright Angel, and North Kaibab Trails (known as the Corridor Trails) meet at the bottom of the canyon near the only bridges that span the Colorado River. Together, they create the popular cross-canyon "Corridor".
The Corridor Trails provide a diversity of recreational opportunities for hikers, backpackers, mule riders, and runners. With so many of us participating in a wide range of activities, it really helps when we are considerate of each other.
Being considerate of others is central to Leave No Trace.
The following guidelines build on Leave No Trace principles, help protect Grand Canyon's plants, animals and history, and enhance everyone's experience:
Why? Traveling with at least one other person helps ensure your safety in the event of accident or injury.
Why? Proper disposal of human waste prevents water pollution, avoids the negative implications of someone else finding it, and minimizes the possibility of spreading disease.
Why? Yielding to mules helps keep all trail users safe. When frightened, mules may act unpredictably.
Why? Uphill travelers are often fatigued and working hard to maintain their balance and pace.
Why? Slowing down and asking to pass maintains a friendly atmosphere and ensures safe passage.
Why? Storing gear along the trail attracts wildlife seeking a handout, can look like litter, and degrades the natural environment.
Why? Litter left in the canyon takes years to decompose. Packing out all of your trash helps to preserve the natural environment.
Why? Being quiet and respecting those who seek serenity helps everyone enjoy the park.
NPS photos by Victoria Allen, Kim Besom, KJ Glover, Nicole Koehlinger and Michael Quinn. Wrangler silhouette photo courtesy of Sherry Zakrazek.
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.