Grand Canyon National Park Public Health Update

several dozen people wearing winter clothing and face masks are waiting in line an about to board a white an green
Face masks/coverings are required in order to board park shuttle buses. Prior to entry passengers must have their own face mask/covering. NPS/M. Quinn
 

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Park Operations Update - Monday, April 19, 2021

To find a complete listing ot what is open, and what is closed in Grand Canyon National Park, scroll down this page.

NEW: Visitors can enter and exit the park through the East Entrance at Desert View. Details >

Covid-19 Cases

  • COVID-19 confirmed cases in zip code 86023 (Grand Canyon/Tusayan): 198
  • COVID-19 confirmed cases inside the park 45 — Recovered 44
  • COVID-19 confirmed cases in Coconino County: 17,283 — Recovered: 16,512 — Deaths: 308
  • COVID-19 confirmed cases in Arizona: 851,725 — Deaths: 17,123

Following guidance from the White House, Centers f6or Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Grand Canyon National Park is closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is using a phased approach to maintain and increase access.

Covid-19 Precautions

Protecting Visitors, Employees, and Partners During a Pandemic:

Individuals over the age of two years must wear face masks, except when actively eating or drinking in the following locations:

  • All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to: park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants.
  • The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:

    Mather Point
    Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza
    All bus stops
    Hopi Point
    Greenway Trail from Verkamps to Bright Angel Trailhead
    All entrance stations
  • 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.
  • Masks are also required in Flagstaff and throughout Coconino County.

  • Practice Physical Distancing!

  • Wash Hands Frequently!

  • Stay Home When Sick!

  • Coconino County Covid-19 Information Center

Navajo Nation Covid-19 Updates

  • Navajo Nation Covid-19 Information
  • Navajo Nation Update

    When driving through the Navajo Nation, all roads other than state and federal highways will be closed to non-residential traffic. Mask wearing is required at all locations on the Nation. For more information on Navajo Nation guidance, please visit the Navajo Department of Health Website.

  • The Navajo Nation on Friday April 9, reported 26 new COVID-19 cases and ordered a weekend lockdown. “The Stay-At-Home order is reinstated to help lessen the spread of COVID-19 and the variants here on the Navajo Nation. Two weeks ago, we had one day with zero reported cases and today, we have 26 new cases,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.

    Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-008 4/9/2021 Re-Issuing Stay at Home (Shelter in Place) Order and Continuing Daily Curfew.
 

Roads, Entrance Fees, and Closures:

  • Desert View East Entrance is Now Open: The East Entrance to the park at Desert View is open. Credit cards, Recreation.gov, 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 Recreation.gov.
  • If you have purchased a pass in advance and are entering through the South Entrance Station (just north of the gateway community of Tusayan) – stay in the left lane as you approach, and enter through lane 1 (far left).
  • 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 closed to private vehicles between March 1 and November 30, 2021. The Hermit Road (Red Route) shuttle bus is in service during this time. Hermit Road is also open to foot and bicycle traffic.
  • North Rim is Closed: The North Rim of the Park and State Route 67 are closed for the winter. The 2021 Season is scheduled to begin on May 15, 2021. More >
 

Car/RV Campgrounds and Rim Trails:

  • Mather Campground in Grand Canyon Village is open for the 2021 season. (Hook-ups are not available at Mather Campground). Reservations are recommended and may be made up to 6 months in advance. More >

  • Trailer Village RV Campground is open for the season and has full hook-ups. 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 at 1.5 Mile Resthouse, 3 Mile Resthouse, and Plateau Point has been shut off for the winter. Water is still available at the trailhead and Indian Garden. More Backcountry Updates >
  • Backcountry Permits: Requests for overnight backcountry permits are being considered, and most permits are issued well in advance. More >
  • Last Minute Backcountry Permits: Although the South Rim Backcountry Information Center (BIC) remains closed, requests for last-minute permits are being considered using an email and phone system. While the process can change day to day, current details are posted on the doors to the BIC. Toilets: A portable toilet is available just south of the building. The nearest flush toilets can be found near the Bright Angel Trailhead and inside the Bright Angel Lodge.
  • 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 Between March 1 and May 28, 2021, (Spring Season), the Hikers' Express Bus runs directly from the Backcountry Office to the South Kaibab Trailhead. No other stops will be made along the Hikers' Express Route. March and April times: 6 am, 7 am, and 8 am.
  • Kaibab Rim Shuttle: The Kaibab Rim (Orange Route Eastbound) shuttle bus with service between the Visitor Center and South Kaibab Trailhead is in operation from 4:30 am until 1 hour after sunset.

 

Shuttle Bus Routes in Operation

  • The Hikers' Express Shuttle runs at 6, 7 and 8 am during March and April — then, 5, 6, and 7 am during May. Note: during this time the Hikers' Express shuttle runs directly from the Backcountry Office to the South Kaibab Trailhead. No other stops are made along the Hikers' Express Route.
  • The Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) begins service at 4:30 am each day. Buses arrive at designated stops every 15-30 minutes. The Eastbound Kaibab (Orange Route) shuttle will run until one hour after sunset, with service to South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, and Pipe Creek Overlook. Note: the Kaibab Rim Route, Westbound to Yavapai Geology Museum, is not in operation during spring (March 1 through May 28, 2021)
  • The Hermit Road (Red Route) begins service at 4:30 am each day. Buses arrive at designated stops every 15-30 minutes. The Hermit Road Route will run until one hour after sunset.

Shuttle Bus Routes Not in Operation

Not in operation this spring, these routes are usually "standing room only" and are not able to meet Covid-19 safety requirements.

  • The Village (Blue Route) CLOSED
    The Village Route is not in operation during spring (March 1 through May 28, 2021) There is no shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Village. If you walk along the Rim Trail between the Visitor Center and the Village, you will need to walk back to your starting point.

  • Westbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) CLOSED
    The westbound portion of the Orange Route between the Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum is not in operation. If you walk along the Rim Trail between the Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum, you will need to walk back to your starting point.

  • Tusayan (Purple Route) CLOSED
    The Tusayan Route with service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and the gateway community of Tusayan is not in operation. it is scheduled to resume during Summer, 2021.

 

South Rim Visitor Centers and Contact Stations

  • South Rim Visitor Center and Theater - CLOSED
  • Grand Canyon Conservancy's Park Store 9 am to 6 pm daily
    (across the plaza from the Visitor Center) Note: The store may operate on a reduced schedule during inclement winter weather.
  • Park Headquarters Information Desk - CLOSED
  • Backcountry Information Center (BIC) - CLOSED
  • Yavapai Geology Museum: 9 am to 5 pm daily
    Note: The store may operate on a reduced schedule during inclement winter weather.
  • Verkamps Visitor Center: 9 am to 5 pm daily
    Note: The store may operate on a reduced schedule during inclement winter weather.
  • Kolb Studio: 9 am to 5 pm daily
    Note: The store may operate on a reduced schedule during inclement winter weather.
  • Desert View Watchtower and Tusayan Museum - CLOSED
  • All Interpretive Park Ranger programs are CANCELLED
 

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 will be located at the El Tovar / Hopi House area from 11 am – 5 pm. Seven days per week, weather permitting.

  • Bright Angel Lodge: Lodging
    Bright Angel Fountain & Coffee House: 7 am to 10 am daily
    Bright Angel Lounge: 11 am to 9 pm daily

  • 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 Cafeteria: 7 am - 8 pm daily

  • 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 >

  • Bus Tours - SUSPENDED

  • South Rim Kennel - CLOSED

  • Visit Grand Canyon National Park Lodges Website >

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel - in Operation: 2 Trains Daily

Delaware North Grand Canyon Village

  • Yavapai Lodge: Lodging available
  • Yavapai Lodge Coffee Shop: 7 am to 1 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Tavern and Patio: 5 pm to 10 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: CLOSED
  • Trailer Village RV Park: open daily
  • The RV and Camper Services building: including the laundry, showers, and food service is CLOSED

  • Visit Delaware North's Website >

Bright Angel Bicycles

Grab & Go Café, Coffee Bar, Bicycle Rental and Tours (Visitor Center Plaza)
Bike Rentals: 10 am to 4 pm daily (weather permitting).
Cafe: 8 am to 5 pm daily.

Services at Market Plaza

Grand Canyon Clinic (North Country Healthcare, 1 Clinic Road)
The Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Please call ahead at 928-638-2551 to schedule an appointment (no walk-ins 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.

 

Some Desert View Facilities Are Open

Updated April 18, 2021

NEW: Visitors can enter and exit the park through the East Entrance at Desert View. Details >

The following Desert View areas and services are open for visitors:
• Viewpoints in the Desert View vicinity
• Desert View parking lot and RV parking
• Restrooms located between the Desert View parking lot and the canyon rim.

Trading Post - Coffee and Ice Cream 9 am - 5 pm
Pay-at-the-Pump Service Station


The Watchtower, Market/General Store, and the campground remain closed at this time. Be sure to bring enough food and water for everyone in your group.

With public health in mind, some facilities remain closed:

  • Desert View Watchtower, including visitor contact station and bookstore CLOSED
  • Desert View Camping Supplies at Gas Station CLOSED
  • Desert View Market and Deli CLOSED
  • Tusayan Ruin and Museum CLOSED
  • Desert View Campground CLOSED
    (2021 season) Campsites will be available by reservation at www.recreation.gov. The campground will be open April 29, through October 1, 2021. Reservations can be made online or by phone (877-444-6777) beginning April 21. Located at the East Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, Desert View Campground offers a peaceful setting. There are 50 campsites. Most sites are sized to accommodate tents or smaller RV’s, or vehicles with travel trailers (30 ft. total length).
 

The North Rim is Closed for the Winter

Follow the link to learn about the North Rim's 2021 Season (May 15, through October 15, 2021) and things to know when considering a visit. 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 https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/COVID-19_River_Update.pdf)

 

Refund and Rescheduling Information:

 

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.

As a reminder, visitors driving on U.S. Route 89 between Flagstaff or northern Arizona and Cameron will be travelling through the Navajo Nation, which requires face masks to be worn at public facilities and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. The South Rim’s east entrance is accessed by driving on U.S. Route 89, and the entrance remains closed. Public health and operational updates for the Navajo Nation can be found on their website. Also, 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.

 

Related News Releases

April 8, 2021
Grand Canyon Re-opens East Entrance Gate 4-8-2021

February 16, 2021
Grand Canyon National Park Announces Spring 2021 Shuttle Bus Schedule

November 25, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Transitions to Winter Operations

October 8, 2020
North Rim Transitions to Day Use Operations Beginning October 19, 2020

August 27, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park to Begin Modified Shuttle Operations

July 1, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Requests River Guides and Boaters Bypass Havasu Canyon

June 30, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Announces Modifications to Phantom Ranch Operations

June 29, 2020
North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park to Open for Day Use

June 12, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Temporarily Closes North Rim Due to Mangum Fire

May 28, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park is Beginning to Increase Recreational Access

May 20, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park is beginning to increase recreational access at the South Rim

May 13, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park is beginning to increase access to South Rim Viewpoints >

May 12, 2020
Arizona Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase Of Arizona Recovery >

April 1, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Closed >

March 30, 2020
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a Stay-at-Home Executive Order in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Details >

March 26, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Is Modifying Additional Operations To Implement Local Health Guidance >

March 20, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park is Modifying River Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance >

March 19, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Transitions to Limited Services >

March 18, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance >

Last updated: April 18, 2021

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