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Contact: Emily Davis, 928-638-7609Grand Canyon, AZ- Visitors planning to hike, camp, recreate, and take in the breathtaking views of Grand Canyon National Park during spring break should also prepare for long lines and road construction.
As a result of increased spring break visitation, traffic regularly backs up at the South Rim entrance stations, with the longest wait time between 10 am and 4 pm. Parking lots, especially near Grand Canyon Visitor Center, start reaching capacity by 11 am. In addition to increased traffic, Grand Canyon Village roads are also under construction and some detours are in place. All South Rim operations and businesses are open and accessible during road construction.
Motorists should keep alert and follow detour signs, temporary stop lights and other traffic control signs; slow down in work and pedestrian zones; and pay attention to flaggers. GPS units are not a reliable way to avoid the construction. Detour maps and construction information are available here: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/construction.htm.
The Tusayan Route shuttle bus starts March 1. Visitors who want to avoid congestion, construction, and parking woes can park in the gateway community of Tusayan and ride the shuttle into Grand Canyon National Park. A valid park pass-available at several Tusayan locations- is required to ride the Tusayan Route. Before heading into the park, stop at the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau in Tusayan for trip-planning and advice.
The Hermits Rest (Red) Route shuttle bus also starts March 1. Visitors can enjoy the scenic viewpoints of Hermit Road by connecting from the Village (Blue) Route shuttle bus. For more information about all the shuttle bus options in Grand Canyon National Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/shuttle-buses.htm.
Grand Canyon National Park rangers would also like to remind visitors to take safety precautions when visiting the park. Prepare for your hike ahead of time, visit the Backcountry Office, and know your and your group's abilities. If you plan to travel with a pet, please know which trails are pet-friendly and use the South Rim Kennel instead of leaving your furry loved one in a car. Remember to lock your vehicle and secure all valuables. Don't forget to pack your hoodies and beanies! Grand Canyon South Rim sits high atop the Colorado Plateau at 7,000 ft above sea level and frequently experiences spring snowstorms.
The Grand Canyon State offers visitors many beautiful and fun destinations aside from its namesake. Add Arizona State Parks adventures to your bucket list and explore the other 21 national park sites in Arizona for an unforgettable spring break. Above all, enjoy your spring break visit to Grand Canyon and your other public lands responsibly!
Last updated: March 3, 2018