Grand Canyon National Park Operations Update

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Looking between a "v" formed by slopes and cliffs on both sides, towards distant peaks bathed in pink sunset light.
A pink glow at sunset as seen from Bright Angel Trailhead, on Friday, December 2, 2022.

NPS photo/M. Quinn

 

Park Operations Update — Saturday, December 3, 2022

For a listing of what is open, and current hours of operation, scroll down this page.

Covid-19 Status

This week, Coconino County’s Community Level is now MEDIUM, based on the CDC classification

Current CDC COVID Community Level >

  • Grand Canyon National Park has been directed by the Department of Interior (DOI) to use Center of Disease Controls (CDC) COVID Community Levels to put in place guidance and masking requirements to protect our community, park employees, and visitors.
  • As of Thursday, December 1, 2022, the CDC reports that Coconino County is in MEDIUM Community Level.
  • As such, masks are not required in either indoor or outdoor locations, both for the public and park employees while the local community level remains in either low or medium for the South Rim of Grand Canyon, and the North Rim (excluding Tuweep —not in Coconino County).
  • However, since Community Levels are now in Medium, the NPS encourages all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to avoid crowding and to physically distance themselves from others in indoor common areas.
  • Please note that this standard is flexible depending on conditions in Coconino County. It is possible that we may return to a mask requirement, under this guidance, if conditions in Coconino County return to HIGH community level. We all need to be prepared to be flexible under this new system.
  • Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

We continue to work to find a consistent approach in managing and communicating this ever-changing situation related to the pandemic.

Additional Covid-19 Updates >

 

Roads, Entrance Fees, and Closures:

Reservation are not required to enter the park, and there is no timed entry.

  • Today's Weather and Road Conditions

  • Entrances Fees: Entrance Fees are paid at the park's entrance stations, Credit cards, Recreation.gov, Your Pass Now, and America the Beautiful passes are accepted for entry. Cash is not accepted at this time. All annual passes are available for purchase at the park's entrance stations.

    You may also purchase a pass in advance, online, through Recreation.gov, or YourPassNow.

  • Visiting for the day in an RV, or pulling a trailer? On the South Rim there are 3 designated parking lots for RVs. Details >

  • Hermit Road: Hermit Road (Red) Route shuttle service has ended for the winter. Between December 1, 2022, and Febuary 28, 2023, private vehicles are permitted. Access to Hermit Road is also by commercial tour, on foot, or by bicycle. Details >

  • The North Rim and SR67 has CLOSED FOR THE WINTER More >
    The North Rim will open for the 2023 season on May 15, 2023.

  • The Desert View (East Entrance) is Open 24/7. More >

 

Car/RV Campgrounds and Rim Trails:

Grand Canyon National Park remains in stage 1 fire restrictions year-round which requires that a campfire always be in a designated fire ring within a maintained campground. Inner canyon backcountry users can use gas cook stoves, but campfires and other open fires are never allowed below the canyon rim.

  • Mather Campground (No Hook-ups) OPEN ALL YEAR Grand Canyon Village.
    The Mather Campground office kiosk - at the entrance to the campground is open. Reservations are recommended between March 1, and November 30, 2022 and may be made up to 6 months in advance. There are 15, first come, first served campsites that go on sale at the campground office at 9 am each day. More >

  • Trailer Village RV Campground is OPEN ALL YEAR (Full Hook-ups) More >

  • Camper Services (laundry and showers) at the entrance to Mather Campground Details >

  • Desert View Campground CLOSED FOR THE WINTER
    Due to high demand, Desert View Campground now requires advanced reservations.. Book reservations up to 6 months in advance for the 2023 season (April 15, through October 15, 2023) More > .

  • The North Rim Campground CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.
    Advanced reservations are required in 2023. Book reservations up to 6 months in advance, May 15, through October 15, 2023. More >

  • Rim Trails: The Canyon Rim Trail and the GreenwayTrail system on the South Rim, are open to the public outside of the village residential area.

 

Backcountry Updates:

  • Day Hiking: Canyon trails are open for day hiking.

  • Water Availability: Water faucets at higher elevations have been turned off for the winter, due to freezing ovenight temperatures.

    Hikers and runners can check this page for today's water availability >
    Critical Backcountry Updates and Closures >

    Water pipeline breaks are common, and Grand Canyon National Park recommends that hikers and runners be prepared to filter or disinfect creek water along corridor trails.

  • Backcountry Permits: Most overnight camping permits are issued well in advance. More >

    The cost of Backcountry Camping Permits increased on July 1, 2022. Details >

  • The Backcountry Information Center is open. Hours of operation: 8 am to noon; and 1 to 5 pm. COVID safety protocols are in place..

  • Bright Angel Campground is at half capacity: The sewage treatment plant located at the bottom of the canyon is a critical piece of infrastructure that for years has allowed over 200 people nightly to stay at Bright Angel Campground and the Phantom Ranch Lodge. To ensure state environmental quality standards continue to be met, dramatic reductions in overnight use are necessary until new equipment can be purchased and installed.

  • Tribal Lands: Restrictions exist on both the Navajo and Havasupai reservations. Currently, neither the South Bass Trailhead nor rim camps in the Pasture Wash area can be accessed by vehicle.

  • Hikers' Express Shuttle Bus
    The Hikers' Express Bus is an early morning bus from Grand Canyon Village to the South Kaibab Trailhead. During December, January and February, the bus leaves Bright Angel Lodge at 8 and 9 am. Then, it makes stops at the Backcountry Information Center and the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal on the way to South Kaibab Trailhead. Masks may be required to ride the bus depending upon this week's CDC Community Level. Details >

  • The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route Shuttle Bus
    Eastbound shuttles provide direct service between the Visitor Center Bus Terminal and South Kaibab Trailhead. The route is in operation from 6 am until 30 minutes after sunset. Masks may be required.

  • More about the free South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes >
 

South Rim Visitor Centers and Contact Stations

Face coverings may be required to enter these buildings. Check this week's CDC Community Level in the alert at the top of this webpage.

  • South Rim Visitor Center open 10 am to 4 pm daily. (as of 10/9/2022)
    Park rangers at the information desk can answer any questions you may have. Trip planning and hiking information is also available through signs and exhibits outside of the building.

  • Grand Canyon Conservancy's Park Store 8 am to 6 pm daily (9/25/2022)
    (across the plaza from the Visitor Center) Has Passport Stamp Station, Junior Ranger Books and Badges, and B.A.R.K. Ranger tags.

  • Bright Angel Bicycles
    Grab & Go Café, Coffee Bar, Bicycle Rental and Tours
    (across the plaza from the Visitor Center)

    Bike Rentals 10 am to 4 pm daily.
    Café: 7 am to 5 pm daily.

South Rim Locations Outside of the Visitor Center Plaza:

  • Park Headquarters Information Desk - CLOSED

  • Backcountry Information Center (BIC): 8 am to noon; and 1 pm to 5 pm.

  • Yavapai Geology Museum: 8 am to 6 pm daily

  • Verkamps Visitor Center: 8 am to 6 pm daily

  • Kolb Studio: 8 am to 6 pm daily
    Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibition is taking place. Details >

  • Desert View Watchtower Retail Store (Kiva Room) 9 am to 5 pm daily
    Only the ground level retail store is open to the public. The tower itself remains closed until further notice.

    Desert View > and the East Entrance, is 23 miles (37 km) east of Grand Canyon Village on State Route 64, Desert View Drive >

 

South Rim Lodging and Visitor Services

Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (Xanterra)

  • El Tovar Hotel Lodging
    Dining Room: (Breakfast 6:30 to 10 am)
    (Lunch
    11:00 am to 2:30 pm) (Dinner 4:30 to 9:30 pm)

    Advanced reservations are required for lunch and dinner at the El Tovar Dining Room. Online reservations can be made here >
    El Tovar Lounge 11 am to 9:30 pm
    El Tovar Patio (Limited Menu) 11 am to 8 pm


    Fred Harvey Food Truck at the Train Depot
    Closed for the winter months.

  • Bright Angel Lodge: Lodging
    Bright Angel Lodge Fountain Coffee Bar: 6 am to 11 am daily
    Bright Angel Lodge Fountain Grab & Go: 11 am to 6 pm daily

    Bright Angel Lodge Fred Harvey Tavern: 11 am to 10 pm daily

    Bright Angel Lodge — Fred Harvey Burger:
    (Breakfast: 7 to 10:30 am) (Lunch:11 am to 3 pm) (Dinner: 4 to 9 pm)

    Bright Angel Lodge — Arizona Steak House:
    (Lunch: 11:30 am to 3 pm) (Dinner 4:30 to 9:30 pm)

  • Thunderbird Lodge Lodging

  • Kachina Lodge Lodging

  • Maswik Lodge Front Desk: 7 am to 11 pm daily
    Maswik Lodge Gift Shop: Temporairly Closed for renovation

    Maswik Lodge Food Court and Grab & Go: 6:30 am to 8 pm daily
    Limited menu and seating.


    Maswik Lodge Pizza Pub: 4 pm to 8 pm daily.
    First come, First Serve and Dine in Only

  • Hopi House Gift Shop: 9 am to 5 pm daily

  • Lookout Studio Gift Shop: 9 am to 5 pm daily

  • Hermits Rest Gift Shop: 9 am to 5 pm daily

  • Phantom Ranch Cabins only and limited canteen service Details >

  • Mule Rides - Details >

  • Taxi Service: (24 hours) 928-638-2631
    Between South Kaibab Trailhead and Village
    Between Village and Tusayan/ Airport
    Not serving Hermit Road at this time

  • Guided Bus Tours - Take the time to learn some of the captivating history and geology of this timeless location. All In-Park tours feature a trained driver-guide, who will provide an informative narrative throughout your tour of the park. Details >

  • Grand Canyon Kennel: 7:30 am to 5 pm, Daily . Details >
    Overnight boarding is available seven days/week.

    Visit Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' Website >

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel (Xanterra)

 

Delaware North —Grand Canyon Village

  • Yavapai Lodge: Lodging available
  • Yavapai Lodge Coffee Shop: 6:30 am to 2 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Tavern and Patio: 12 pm to 10 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Gift Shop: 8 am to 8 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Restaurant: breakfast: 7 am to 10:45 am, and dinner: 5 pm to 9 pm daily
  • Canyon Village Market and General Store: 7 am to 8 pm daily
  • Canyon Village Market Deli: 7 am to 5 pm daily
  • Trailer Village RV Campground: open daily
  • The RV and Camper Services building: laundry and showers
    7 am to 4 pm daily. Last laundry load: 3:45 pm
    Last shower: 2:45 pm
    User names are logged for contact tracing purposes.

  • Visit Delaware North's Website >

 

Services at Market Plaza

  • Chase Outdoor ATM Machine 24 Hours (Market Plaza) Chase Bank officially closed all in-person services on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

  • Grand Canyon Post Office window service open 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Canyon Village Market and General Store: 7 am to 8 pm, daily
    Canyon Village Market Deli: 7 am to 5 pm, daily

Grand Canyon Clinic

North Country Healthcare (1 Clinic Road)

Urgent Care - Family Practice - Physical Therapy & Virtual Visits

  • Labor Day to Memorial Day: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
  • Memorial Day to Labor Day: 9 am to 6 pm daily (Summer)


Pharmacy:

  • Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm

  • Closed 12 pm to 1 pm

The clinic offers walk-ins and same day appointments for routine and sick visits. Please wear a face mask anytime you enter the clinic. If you do not have a face mask, one can be provided to you.

Please call ahead at 928-638-2551 to schedule an appointment

 

Shuttle Bus Routes in Operation

  • Village (Blue) Route Shuttle >
    Connects the Visitor Center Plaza with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, bank, and post office) Masks may be required on the bus. (6 am to 9 pm)

  • The Hikers' Express Shuttle >
    An early morning bus that transports visitors between the village and South Kaibab Trailhead. Masks may be required on the bus. Departs Bright Angel Lodge shuttle stop at 8 and 9 am during December, January and February.

  • The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route >
    Begins service at 6 am each day. Buses arrive at designated stops every 15-30 minutes. The Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle runs until 30 minutes after sunset, with service from the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal to South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, Pipe Creek Overlook, Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum. Masks may be required on the bus.

  • The Hermit Road (Red) Route > CLOSED FOR THE WINTER
    In service March 1, through November 30, 2023.

  • Tusayan (Purple Route) > CLOSED - SEASON HAS ENDED
    Service will resume during the summer of 2023.

 

Some Desert View Facilities Are Open

  • The East Entrance to the park at Desert View is open 24/7. Some facilities and services are open: Details >

  • Desert View Campground CLOSED FOR THE WINTER (no hook-ups)
    Due to high demand, Desert View Campground now requires advanced reservations.. Book reservations up to 6 months in advance for the 2023 season (April 15, through October 15, 2023) Details >

  • Learn about touring 23 mile (37 km) scenic Desert View Drive in your vehicle: Details >

 

North Rim: CLOSED FOR THE WINTER

  • The North Rim will open for the 2023 Season on May 15, 2023. Lodging reservations are recommended. Campground reservations are required. Details >
 

Additional Covid-19 Updates

Coconino County is now in CDC MEDIUM Community Level, as of Thursday, December 1, 2022

The CDC Community Level tracks a county’s ability to provide health care to COVID patients. Currently in Arizona, there are no counties in Low CDC Community Level, 9 in Medium and 6 in High.

  • When the Community Level is Low or Medium, masks are optional in government facilities, vehicles, and shuttle buses, as well as commercial facilities operating within the park.
  • However, since Community Levels are now in Medium, the NPS encourages all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to avoid crowding and to physically distance themselves from others in indoor common areas.

  • If the Community Level shifts back to High on Thursday, December 8, or in future weeks, the park will reinstate the mask mandate.
  • We have 4 new COVID-19 cases reported in the park this week. The park's estimated cases remain at 429, and 453 cases for the 86023 zip code, since the beginning of the pandemic. We would like to remind our community to remain vigilant and consider what you can do to continue to keep each other healthy and safe.
  • Total COVID cases in Arizona for the week of November 24 through 30 was 12,987, an decrease of 353 cases from the previous week. For the seven-day rolling average, the state is averaging 1,855 cases per day.
  • A total of 21,438 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported among Coconino County residents from January 1, 2022 – November 26, 2022.

  • Deaths (2022): 73 (0.3% of cases)
    Hospitalizations (2022) : 751 (3.4% of cases)
    Total Up-To-Date* Vaccination: 45,763 (55.8% of fully vaccinated)

    Coconino County Resident Cases Reported: (November 20, through 26, 2022)

    200 Positive Cases
    140.2 Rate per 100,000
    16.1% Positivity Yield
    12.4% Covid-like Illness

  • Source: Coconino County Weekly Covid 19 Update >


Havasupai Tribal Council Extends Tourism Suspension For the Remainder of the 2022 Season

(Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, May 6, 2022)

The Havasupai Tribal Council has extended the suspension of tourism through the remainder of the 2022 season. The Tribe is undertaking the necessary repairs and enhancements to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for our valued guests.

Reservations with arrival dates between June 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 will be rescheduled for the same date in 2023. This applies to Campground, Lodge, and Pack Mule reservations.

All current reservations between February 1, 2023 through May 31, 2023 remain the same.

No new reservations will be available for purchase while tourism is suspended.

The Havasupai Tribe looks forward to welcoming tourists back for the 2023 tourist season and appreciates your continued patience and understanding.

Updates and new information will be posted as it becomes available >
https://theofficialhavasupaitribe.com/
If you have questions, please email info@havasupaireservations.com.

Please be advised: The Havasupai Reservation and Supai Village remain closed to all tourists. Please do not travel to the Havasupai Reservation or Supai Village. All tourists are prohibited from entering.


When traveling through the Navajo Nation:

General guidelines are for everyone living on or visiting the Navajo Nation for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Navajo Nation Covid-19 Update News Release, October 27, 2022 >
  • Navajo Tribal Parks are open and welcome visitors at 75 percent capacity. For more information about Navajo Tribal Parks, call: 928-871-6647 or visit www.navajonationparks.org
  • Socially (physically) distance yourselves. Keep at least six-feet apart from others in public
  • Wearing a mask in public continues to be mandatory (Public Health Emergency Order No. 2022-007, August 19, 2022)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching frequently-touched surfaces in public places – e.g., gas pumps, ATMs, door handles, handrails, etc. Use a barrier such as a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hands or fingers if you must touch something.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and mouth.
 

Public Health Preparation and Response

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Grand Canyon National Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners and volunteers.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The neighboring Havasupai reservation remains closed for tourism, and details for operational updates can be found on their website.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Updates about National Park Service operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

 

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