Monthly Archives: January 2013

Winter & Spring 2013 Backpacking Season

If you would like to make an advance reservation to camp in the Grand Canyon, the Backcountry Information Center will need at least three week’s notice. If your planned hike is less than three weeks, come in person to the Backcountry Information Center and request a walk-in permit. Availability of last-minute permits is dependent on the season. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open year-round. The North Rim office is closed until mid-May. Permits for the North Rim and the Arizona Strip are available at Pipe Springs National Monument or the BLM Interagency Visitor Center in St. George, Utah. January and February: A construction crew is replacing an electrical line at Bright Angel Campground; there will be daytime noise and roughly half the campground is closed off. Permits are still available. Upper portions of trails are now snow-packed and icy. Over-the-shoe traction devices are strongly recommended. Access to South… read more

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Free Entry on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Grand Canyon National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors who arrive in the park on Monday, January 21. Visitors who enter (or re-enter) the park before or after January 21 will be charged the regular entrance fee. Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have park passes such as Interagency Senior, annual and Access Passes, as well as the new Active Military Passes, available for those who wish to acquire them. Grand Canyon’s South Rim sits at approximately 7,000 feet. As a result, visitors should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions, and should bear in mind that road closures and temporary suspension of… read more

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National Park Service to Dedicate New Science and Resource Management Building at Grand Canyon

  On January 15, 2013, at 10:30am, the National Park Service will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Science and Resource Management building on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park across the street from Park Headquarters.  Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga and other special guests will dedicate the new state of the art facility which is on track to receive a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. When open next month, the new Science and Resource Management building will have numerous displays and readily available scientific information and will be available and used as an outreach opportunity for the public, visitors from local and distant schools, as well as volunteers and researchers that are members of the scientific community coming to learn of and study Grand Canyon’s scientific relevance. This new 8,800 square foot building will include 16… read more

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Trails Update

Bright Angel Trail is snowpacked and ice to 3-mile Resthouse. South Kaibab Trail is snowpacked and icy to Skeleton Point. North Kaibab Trail has about 20 inches of hardpack/settled snow extending from the trailhead to near Roaring Springs.  The trail has been hiked and packed sufficiently so that no snowshoes or post hole-ing on the trail is required.  However, because the snow is so packed, there is a greater slipping danger.  Traction devices are highly recommended.  (Be aware the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is currently closed to vehicle access.) Access to Bill Hall / Thunder River Trails is currently okay, however we recommend hikers check on road conditions prior to their hike. North Bass Trailhead and Point Sublime are usually not accessible by car until late May / early June, in a heavy snow year access may be even later. During this time of year expect trails… read more

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Grand Canyon Field Institute 2013 Schedule Available

The Grand Canyon Field Institute Schedule of Classes for 2013 is now available!  Topics covered during the classes and guided educational tours include geology, ecology, history, archaeology, photography and more.  The Institute offers guided educational tours at Grand Canyon National Park led by expert instructors while hiking, backpacking, camping, and whitewater rafting. Learning and lodging opportunities are also available.  The Grand Canyon Field Institute and Xanterra South Rim, LLC, offer fun and informative Learning & Lodging Programs that combine lodging, meals, and two days in the field with an instructor. To download a printable pdf file of the Grand Canyon Field Institute 2013 Class Schedule, please click here.

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Interpretive Ranger Programs Winter 2012-2013 Schedule Available

Grand Canyon Ranger Programs. During your visit this year, the National Park Service encourages you to participate in the programs listed in the schedule below.  All programs are free of charge. All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present.  Winter months at Grand Canyon can bring snow and ice.  You may find walkways and the Rim Trail with icy conditions.  Please dress for the weather and consider over-the-shoe traction devices for your comfort and safety.  Note:  Children must be accompanied by an adult on all programs. The South Rim winter 2012-2013 Program Schedule runs from December 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013.  Includes the South Rim and Desert View / Tusayan Ruin. [No programs are given in the inner-canyon during the winter season.]  Please click here to download a pdf file of the 2012-2013SRprograms-winter

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2013 Grand Canyon Star Party!

Grand Canyon’s 23rd Annual Star Party will be held on both South and North Rims from June 8-15, 2013.  For eight days in June, park visitors will explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise and will offer free nightly astronomy programs and free telescope viewing. Visitors will have the chance to view the planet Saturn along with a wide assortment of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae by night, and the sun and planet Mercury by day.  Grand Canyon is one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States because it has some of the darkest skies and cleanest air in the country. Participants will experience spectacular views of the universe!  Everyone dress… read more

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History Exhibit: The Amazing Kolb Brothers Continues Through January, 2013!

After going on hiatus during the 2012 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art exposition, The Amazing Kolb Brothers exhibit returns to Kolb Studio, located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, from now through September 3rd of next year.  You are invited to visit Kolb Studio to learn more about the life and times of Grand Canyon’s pioneering photographers, Ellsworth and Emery Kolb as told through photographs, stories, and artifacts.  The exhibit is open from 9am to 5pm daily and is free and open to the public. The Amazing Kolb Brothers – A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon! The Kolb brothers are legend at the Grand Canyon for their pioneering spirits and treasure trove of photographs.  Ellsworth and Emery arrived at the South Rim in the dawning years of the 20th century, long before the Grand Canyon was designated a National Park.   Stories of their adventures, their… read more

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