Grand Canyon National Park Public Health Update

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Changes in Park Operations - Friday, March 27, 2020 - 1 pm.

Precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Facilities That Are Open This Week

  • The park is open. The Collection of entrance fees has been temporarily suspended at Grand Canyon National Park at the Desert View and South Entrance Stations. Digital entrance pass options are not available at this time. Please do not attempt to purchase a digital pass.

  • Canyon Village Market is open daily from 12 to 6 pm (Market Plaza)
  • Chase Bank is open from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Monday through Friday.(Market Plaza)
  • Grand Canyon Post Office window service is open 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. (Market Plaza)
  • Bright Angel Bicycle Grab & Go Café and Coffee Bar is open daily from 8 am to 2 pm. (Visitor Center Plaza)
  • Grand Canyon Clinic is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday Through Friday. (1 Clinic Road)
  • Self-serve gas is available daily at the Desert View Gas Station - with credit card only.
 

Park Entrance Fees and Campgrounds

The park is open. The Collection of entrance fees has been temporarily suspended at Grand Canyon National Park at the Desert View and South Entrance Stations. This is being done to help limit exposure of park staff and visitors to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). Digital entrance pass options are not available at this time. Please do not attempt to purchase a digital pass.

  • Mather Campground is Closed. All Mather campground reservations can be refunded on Recreation.gov.
  • The RV and Camper Services building: including the laundry, showers, and food service is closed.
  • Trailer Village is Closed
  • Desert View Campground is Closed
 

Backcountry Permits and Trails

  • The backcountry is open to people with existing backcountry permits, currently on itineary. No new permits are being issued at this time.
  • Corridor Trails in the inner canyon (Bright Angel, South Kaibab, North Kaibab) are closed.
  • information about rescheduling backcountry campground reservations can be obtained by emailing grca_bic@nps.gov.
 

Lodging

All Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (Xanterra) operations have closed.

  • El Tovar Hotel

  • Bright Angel Lodge

  • Thunderbird Lodge

  • Kachina Lodge

  • Maswik Lodge

  • Hopi House

  • Lookout Studio

  • Hermits Rest

  • Phantom Ranch

  • Mule Rides

  • Bus Tours

  • South Rim Kennel

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel operations have been suspended

The following Delaware North operations in Grand Canyon Village are closed.

  • Yavapai Lodge. Yavapai Lodge Restaurant and Tavern.
  • Canyon Village Market Deli (Canyon Village Market is open 12 - 6 pm daily)
  • Trailer Village is closed.

  • The RV and Camper Services building: including the laundry, showers, and food service is closed.

 

Visitor Centers and Contact Stations Are Closed

The following contact stations are closed:

  • South Rim Visitor Center and Theater
  • Grand Canyon Conservancy's Park Store, (across the plaza from the Visitor Center)
  • Park Headquarters Information Desk
  • Backcountry Information Center (BIC)
  • Yavapai Geology Museum,
  • Verkamps Visitor Center,
  • Kolb Studio,
  • Desert View Watchtower and Tusayan Museum
  • Interpretive Park Ranger programs are cancelled.
 

Park Shuttle Bus Service is Suspended

In an effort to limit exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all shuttle bus service on the South Rim is suspended until further notice. This includes:

  • Hiker Express Shuttle
  • Tusayan Shuttle (Purple Route)
  • Village Route (Blue Route)
  • Kaibab Rim (Orange Route)
  • Hermit Road (Red Route) in addition, Hermit Road remains closed to private vehicles.
 

Desert View Facilities That Are Closed

  • Desert View Market and Deli
  • Desert View Trading Post and Ice Cream
  • Campground
  • Desert View Watchtower
  • Desert View Cultural Demonstrations are cancelled - until further notice.
  • Self-serve gas is available at the Desert View Gas Station - with credit card only.
 

River Trips

  • As of, March 24, 2020, Grand Canyon river trips including administrative, research, private and commercial trips, are suspended until May 21, 2020. Details >
 

News Release from the National Park Service: Monday May 17, 2020
National Park Service is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance >

 

Public Health Preparation and Response

Visitors can be assured that facilities and services in national parks, including lodges, restaurants, and shuttles, continue to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Park and concession staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in parks in accordance with CDC guidance.

Following CDC guidance, NPS Public Health Service Officers recommend that everyone should take the following routine precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Wash with soap and water to destroy the virus. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    • While an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol can be used, it’s best to reserve those resources for work locations where soap and water are not readily available.
    • If your hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be used rather than hand sanitizer.
  • As always, it is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Regular household cleaners will destroy the virus.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Most importantly, stay home when you are sick in order to avoid exposing others.


Follow this web page for the latest public health updates from the National Park Service:
https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm

Last updated: March 27, 2020

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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