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Grand Canyon National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

looking down across a plateau within a vast canyon with colorful peaks rising thousands of feet above. Threatening storm clouds shadow the distant rim.
View from Yavapai Point on the South Rim on the morning of Wednesday, March 18, 2020. NPS/M.Quinn

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News Release Date: March 18, 2020

Contact: Lily Daniels, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz.- Grand Canyon National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing.

As of March 19, 2020, restaurants within the park are closed until further notice. Some of the dining facilities may offer takeaway options. Updates and a complete list of the park's modified operations will be posted on:

Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, campgrounds, viewpoints and hiking trails will remain open.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Grand Canyon National Park is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.  
The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.   
For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.   
Updates about NPS operations will be posted on Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations. 


Last updated: May 29, 2021

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