Grand Canyon National Park Operations Update

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from a snow covered ledge, looking past a cliff, a tree covered slope and a limestone pillar at distant peaks and cliffs rising from the floor of a mile deep canyon. NPS/M. Quinn 1/22/2022
Yaki Point on the morning of Saturday, January 22, 2022. To access to Yaki Point and the South Kaibab Trailhead, park in one of the 4 lots around the Visitor Center Plaza, and ride the free Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle from the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal.

NPS Photo/M. Quinn


Park Operations Update — Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, public health measures are in place including capacity limits, temporary closures, and modified operations. For a listing of what is open, and what is closed in Grand Canyon National Park, scroll down this page.

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Wearing a face mask/covering is required for everyone:

  • Inside all park buildings. Regardless of vaccination status.
  • When boarding and inside park shuttle buses. This is a federal mandate that applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on all public transit.

In addition, wearing a face mask/covering is now required for everyone:

  • In outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.

  • In outdoor mask zones designated by the park superintendent.

  • Please be on the lookout for posted signs indicating where mask zones are located. (8/16/2021)


Roads, Entrance Fees, and Closures:

  • Today's Weather and Road Conditions

  • Desert View East Entrance is Open: The East Entrance to the park at Desert View is open. Credit cards,, Your Pass Now, and America the Beautiful passes are accepted for entry. Cash is not accepted at this time. More >
  • Entrances Fees: Entrance Fees are paid at the entrance stations, or by purchasing a pass in advance from nearby third-party vendors, or online, through, 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: The 7.5 mile (12 km) scenic Hermit Road is open to all vehicles during December, January and February. Hermit Road is also open to foot and bicycle traffic. More >
  • The North Rim and State Route 67 have CLOSED FOR THE WINTER More >

Car/RV Campgrounds and Rim Trails:

  • Mather Campground OPEN ALL YEAR in Grand Canyon Village. (no hook-ups). From December 1, 2021, through February 28, Mather Campground Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis using the automated fee machine located at the campground office kiosk - at the entrance to the campground. Reservations are recommended between March 1, and November 30, 2022 and may be made up to 6 months in advance. More >

  • Trailer Village RV Campground OPEN ALL YEAR (full hook-ups) More >

  • Desert View Campground CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. Due to high demand, this campground now requires advanced reservations. (no hook-ups). Book reservations up to 6 months in advance for the 2022 season that begins April 15. More > .

  • The North Rim Campground CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. It will reopen on May 15, 2022. 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: 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. Water has been turned off on the upper Bright Angel and North Kaibab Trails.. Details: Backcountry Updates >
  • Backcountry Permits: Requests for overnight backcountry permits are being considered, and most permits are issued well in advance. More >
  • The Backcountry Information Center has reopened. 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. Hikers should expect longer than normal wait times to obtain a permit at the park.
  • 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, makes stops at the Backcountry Information Center and the Visitor Center Shuttle Terminal, on the way the South Kaibab Trailhead. Masks are required to ride the bus. Details >
  • The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route eastbound shuttle provides direct service between the Visitor Center Bus Terminal and South Kaibab Trailhead. It is in operation from 6 am until 1 hour after sunset. Masks are required.

  • More about the free South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes >

South Rim Visitor Centers and Contact Stations

CDC guidelines and physical distancing measures are in place. Face coverings are required to enter these buildings.

  • South Rim Visitor Center and Theater Building - CLOSED
    Information tables, staffed by park rangers, are located at the building entrances. Hours; 9 am - 4 pm Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday).

  • Grand Canyon Conservancy's Park Store 8 am to 6 pm daily
    (across the plaza from the Visitor Center)

  • 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.
    Cafe: 8 am to 5 pm daily.

    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

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

  • Ranger programs have ended for the season at Desert View and on the North Rim.


South Rim Lodging and Visitor Services

Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (Xanterra)

  • El Tovar Hotel Lodging - Restaurant (B 7-10:30 am) (L 11:00 am - 3 pm) (D 4:30-9 pm) Advanced reservations are required for lunch and dinner at the El Tovar Dining Room. Online reservations can be made here >

    The Fred Harvey Food Truck has closed for the winter.

  • Bright Angel Lodge: Lodging
    Bright Angel Lodge Fountain Coffee Bar: 7 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:8 to 10:30 am, and lunch 11 am to 3 pm daily
    Bright Angel: Arizona Steak House: CLOSED

  • Thunderbird Lodge Lodging only

  • Kachina Lodge Lodging only

  • Maswik Lodge Front Desk: 7 am to 11 pm daily
    Maswik Lodge Gift Shop: 8 am - 9 pm daily (Coffee)
    Maswik Lodge Food Court and Grab & Go: 6:30 am - 8 pm daily
    Maswik Lodge Pizza Pub: CLOSED

  • 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

  • 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 >

    South Rim Kennel - Open Friday through Monday, 7:30 am — 5 pm.
    Overnight boarding is available Friday through Sunday nights only.
    Details >

  • 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: 7 am to 12 noon daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Tavern and Patio: 12 pm to 9 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Gift Shop: 8 am to 8 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Restaurant - CLOSED
  • Canyon Village Market and General Store: 7 am to 8 pm daily
  • Canyon Village Market Deli: 7 am to 2 pm daily
    For the week of Monday, 11/22 thru Sunday, 11/28 the Deli will be open from 7 am.-4 pm.
  • Trailer Village RV Campground: open daily
  • The RV and Camper Services building: laundry and showers
    8 am to 4 pm daily. Last laundry load: 2:30 pm
    Last shower: 3:45 pm
    User names are logged for contact tracing purposes.

  • Visit Delaware North's Website >


Services at Market Plaza

Grand Canyon Clinic

North Country Healthcare (1 Clinic Road)
Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, the Clinic is open:
Monday through Friday: 8 am. to 5 pm.

Monday – Friday 8 am. to 5 pm.
Closed 12 pm. to 1 pm.

Please call ahead at 928-638-2551 to schedule an appointment
(no walk-ins are available). If you have a scheduled appointment please wear a face mask anytime you enter the clinic. If you do not have a face mask, one can be provided to you.


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 are required on the bus.
  • The Hikers' Express Shuttle is an early morning bus that transports visitors between the village and South Kaibab Trailhead. Masks are required on the bus.
  • 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 one hour 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 are required on the bus.
  • The Hermit Road (Red Route) CLOSED for the winter during December, January and February. Hermit Road is open to private vehicles during these months. Shuttle service resumes on March 1, 2022.
  • Tusayan (Purple Route) CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    The Tusayan Route with service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and the gateway community of Tusayan is not in operation.


Most Desert View Facilities Are Open


The North Rim is CLOSED for the Winter

  • Here's what you need to know about visiting the North Rim during the 2022 season. (May 15, through October 15, 2022. More >

Update: Phased Reopening of Colorado River Rafting Trips

Grand Canyon National Park’s COVID-19 Mitigation Phase for River Use moved from “Medium” to “Light” restriction level on April 1, 2021. The “Light” restriction level allows 100% river use while continuing key COVID-19 Safety Mitigation requirements. (details at


Refund and Rescheduling Information:


Park Covid-19 Updates and Precautions

Covid-19 Cases: 3/15/2020 — 01/15/2022

  • COVID-19 confirmed cases in zip code 86023 (Grand Canyon/Tusayan): 376 — since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 confirmed cases inside the park 159 — since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 confirmed cases in Coconino County: 35,777 — Recovered: 26,278 — Deaths: 407 — Total Fully Vaccinated: 77,109 (57.5% of the eligible population)
  • COVID-19 total confirmed cases in Arizona: 1,701,949 — Deaths: 25,502 (Since March 2020)
  • Source: Coconino County Weekly Covid 19 Update >

Protecting Visitors, Employees, and Partners During a Pandemic:

As of August 16, 2021 — The National Park Service (NPS) is immediately requiring visitors, employees and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels.

“Visitors to national parks are coming from locations across the country, if not across the world. Because of this, and recognizing that the majority of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories, we are implementing a service-wide mask requirement to ensure our staff and visitors’ safety,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge.

This requirement will be in effect until further notice and applies to all NPS buildings and public transportation systems. It also applies to outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.

  • Masks Must Cover the Nose and Mouth

    and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

  • Practice Physical Distancing!

  • Wash Hands Frequently!

  • Stay Home When Sick!

  • Coconino County Covid-19 Information Center

Park Outdoor Mask Zones

  • Mather Point, Hopi Point, Bright Angel Point, Cape Royal, and Point Imperial, including their access trails

  • Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza and trails north to the rim as signed

  • Desert View north of the parking lot as signed

  • Trails and viewpoints around the North Rim Lodge and North Rim Visitor Center as signed

  • North Kaibab trailhead and parking lot

  • Rim Trail from Verkamps to Bright Angel Trailhead

  • All bus stops

  • All entrance stations

Navajo Nation Covid-19 Updates

When traveling through the Navajo Nation:

  • Wearing a mask is still mandatory in public on the Navajo Nation, whether a person is vaccinated or unvaccinated.

  • Navajo Tribal Parks are open and welcome visitors at 50 percent capacity. For more information about Navajo Tribal Parks, call: 928-871-6647 or visit


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


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Last updated: January 24, 2022

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