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Grand Canyon National Park Is Modifying Additional Operations To Implement Local Health Guidance

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Grand Canyon silhouettes as seen from Desert View Point at sunset.

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News Release Date: March 26, 2020

Contact: Lily Daniels, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, AZ -  Grand Canyon National Park, in response to guidance from Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  

As of 12 p.m. on March 27, 2020, Grand Canyon will offer very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At Grand Canyon National Park, the following services and operations will be suspended: 

  • Backcountry permits for camping at Bright Angel, Indian Garden and Cottonwood campgrounds

  • All access to Bright Angel, South Kaibab and North Kaibab trails

  • Camping reservations at Mather Campground

  • South Rim Trailer Village

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 servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website at: and social media channels.  
Viewpoints along Grand Canyon's South Rim remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance, in addition to entry fees being waived for visitors.
The NPS encourages people who choose to visit Grand Canyon during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.  

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations. Mather campground reservations can be refunded on, and information about rescheduling backcountry campground reservations can be done by contacting

Last updated: May 29, 2021

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon , AZ 86023



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