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Grand Canyon, AZ – Using revenue generated by recreation fees Grand Canyon National Park has reopened the South Rim and Desert View entrance stations to provide information and safety messages to visitors.
Park roads, trails and overlooks in Grand Canyon National Park have remained accessible since the beginning of the lapse in government appropriations thanks to support from the State of Arizona. Trash collection, custodial services, and snow removal will continue, as will public health and safety services using recreation fee revenue. Visitor services provided by park concessioners and other entities are also open, including lodging, restaurants and food service, grocery stores, retail, bicycle rental, concessioner-provided tours, and park shuttle operations.
“We greatly appreciate the generous contributions from the State of Arizona, which donated funding to help keep Grand Canyon open and accessible during the lapse in appropriations,” said Grand Canyon Deputy Superintendent Lisa Carrico. “The state helped provide access and basic services to Grand Canyon National Park visitors and residents.”
National Park Service officials have determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds, the park can continue to provide the services for which the State of Arizona donated funds from December 22, 2018 to January 11, 2019.
Some services at Grand Canyon may be limited or unavailable during the lapse in appropriations, including visitor centers, ranger talks and programs. All backcountry camping and Colorado River trips require appropriate permits. Anyone in violation of this requirement is subject to enforcement actions. New permits are not being issued and existing permits may not be amended during the government shutdown. Visitors with previously issued permits may proceed as permitted. Entrance Fees will not be collected.
Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon remains closed for the season.
Visit nps.gov/grandcanyon for information about accessibility and available services at Grand Canyon National Park.
For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.
For information about visitor services conducted by park concessioners and other entities please see contact information below:
Bright Angel Bicycles & Cafe: 928-679-0992, http://bikegrandcanyon.com
Delaware North at Grand Canyon: 1-877-404-4611, https://www.visitgrandcanyon.
Grand Canyon Conservancy: 1-800-858-2808, https://www.grandcanyon.org
Grand Canyon Lodges (Xanterra): 1-888-29-PARKS (1-888-297-2757), https://www.grandcanyonlodges.
Grand Canyon Railway: 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724), http://www.thetrain.com
Last updated: January 16, 2019