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 »
Backcountry Permit Change
Effective February 1, 2010
Questions and Answers
The National Park Service is making a change to the backcountry permit system at Grand Canyon to help ensure all permit requests receive equal consideration no matter how submitted. Currently, applications made in person receive an immediate answer while written requests receive answers later as time allows. Effective February 1, 2010, this distinction will no longer apply; in person "initial month" requests will only be accepted in written format and will be placed for consideration with other written requests received on that same date. ("Initial month" permit requests are requests made within the earliest allowed month for the requested trip start date.) This change is not expected to affect levels of backcountry use or the number of backcountry permits issued by the park's Backcountry Information Center (BIC).
The press release announcing this change was released on November 20, 2009 and is located in the News Release section of this website.
Did You Know?
In November of 1934, the Grand Canyon Civilian Conservation Corps began working on a telephone line through the canyon. They started at Indian Garden and moved down to the Colorado River. They needed to complete this portion of the line first before the extreme summer heat started. More...