Monthly Archives: February 2013

Grand Canyon National Park to Host Archaeology Day on March 23, 2013

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, Grand Canyon National Park will host its sixth annual Archaeology Day celebration, commemorating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.  Special programs, activities and demonstrations will be held at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center throughout the day, with a special evening program at the Shrine of the Ages. Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month was created 30 years ago to inform the public about archaeology in the state of Arizona.  In Grand Canyon National Park alone, over 4,300 archaeological sites have been recorded to date, and archaeologists estimate that the park may have as many as 50,000 – 60,000 sites.  Some of the artifacts found in the park date back almost 12,000 years, testimony to the vast extent of the human history of the area.  That history lives on as the descendents of those ancient peoples continue to utilize the area today. Grand Canyon National Park’s… read more

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South Rim Road Conditions

As of this update, all South Rim Roads are open, but there may be snow-packed and icy places. Please drive with caution.  Additional snowstorms or freezing conditions may result in future road closures that can happen with little or no advance notice. Call 928-638-7496 for current park road condition information

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Darryl Haley To Help Grand Canyon Celebrate Black History Month & “Healthy Parks Healthy People”

This weekend, Darryl Haley, former New England Patriot, Ironman Triathlete, and world-renowned fitness trainer, will be joining Grand Canyon National Park’s Diversity Council in celebrating Black History Month and enjoying the Grand Canyon as a place to have fun, learn something, and get healthy at the same time. On Friday, February 22, 2013, Haley will join an hour-long, ranger-led walk along the Rim Trail which will begin at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center (Located on the South Rim) at 3pm.  Then, on Monday, February 25, Haley will share his health and fitness expertise and his Grand Canyon experiences during an evening program at 7pm at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium.  Both programs are free of charge and are open to the public. Through his experiences at Grand Canyon, Haley, a health and fitness enthusiast who hosts WHUR’s (Howard University Radio) Fitness Friday on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, hopes… read more

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Grand Canyon Goes High-Tech In Order To Reach Students Nationwide

Do you live hundreds or thousands of miles away from Grand Canyon?  Why not let Park Rangers bring Grand Canyon to your classroom? Recently, the park unveiled its new, high tech, Virtual Studio for Kids.  The new studio replaces a temporary one that had been in use since 2006.  Improvements include the addition of green-screen technology and an integrated system that allows for high definition, live, multi-camera video production.  In addition, schools now have the option of connecting via Skype or through a dedicated IP address, allowing for flexibility for those who would like to take advantage of the programs offered. Using the studio, environmental education rangers at Grand Canyon National Park offer five different, free, curriculum-based, interactive classroom presentations, each appropriate for a different age range.  Topics include ecology, geology and human history.  Teachers can choose the particular presentation they want for their students and can even sign up… read more

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Grand Canyon National Park Soon To Be 94 Years Strong!

On Tuesday, February 26, Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the anniversary of its designation as a nation park 94 years to the day after An Act to Establish the Grand Canyon National Park in the State of Arizona was signed into law. “Protection of this spectacular landscape actually started long before Grand Canyon became a national par,” said Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.  “People started trying to protect the canyon as early as the 1880s; and its first official protection and recognition came in the 1890s when it was set aside as a national forest reserve by President Benjamin Harrison.” Harrison wasn’t the only President to take an interest in the Canyon’s protection.  In the early 1900s, after saying of the canyon, “Leave it as it is.  You cannot improve it.  The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. . .”, President Theodore… read more

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Application Now Open for Grand Canyon’s Artist-in-Residence Program

Grand Canyon National Park’s Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program is now accepting artist applications for the upcoming North and South Rim AiR seasons.  The artist opportunities are for May – October 2014 on the North Rim, and for October 2013 – September 2014 on the South Rim. The Grand Canyon AiR program welcomes applications and proposals from professional artists working in all genres and traditions.  In exchange for three weeks in residence, the artists are required to present three, family-friendly, one-hour programs of their own design while at the Canyon, and one program in their home community after their residency.  Artist accommodations are provided for free.  There is no stipend for the artists at this time. This year’s AiR application can be found at the WESTAF cafe web site.  Artists must register with the CaFE program in order to access the application.  This service is free and allows access to many other… read more

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Trails Update

South Bass / FR 328 road conditions are near impassable (even with 4-wheel drive). Bright Angel Trail is snowpacked and icy 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… read more

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Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor

The Transcanyon Pipeline is undergoing repairs above Cottonwood immediately adjacent to the North Kaibab Trail.  The tank at Phantom Ranch was filled before the repairs began, however backpackers should be prepared to boil or otherwise treat creek water to serve their needs.  During pipeline repair and trail rehabilitation, backcountry users are asked to use caution when in the vicinity.  Hikers should expect delays and detours and should be prepared to follow any direction provided by workers in the area. Purified drinking water is usually available year-round at Bright Angel and Indian Garden Campgrounds and at Bright Angel and South Kaibab trailheads. Seasonal water stations are usually turned off for the winter sometime between October 10th and 30th dependent on location and associated temperatures. Water available (year-round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center in the lobby.  Water available (year-round) on the North Rim outside the Backcountry Information Center…. read more

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2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

The 2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art (South Rim) is scheduled to run from September 14, 2013 through January 12, 2014. Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an annual event that includes 6 days of art-related events followed by a 3-month long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The exhibit opens with a reception on September 21, 2013, from 11am to 1pm, which is free and open to the public. The Celebration of Art features 26 artists from around the country who engage in a ‘plein air’ competition and exhibition.  Park visitors have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape. Each artist brings a completed studio piece with them and then creates more artwork… read more

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Grand Canyon Field Institute February Classes, Hikes & Tours

Wilderness First ResponderRecertification February 11, 2013 to February 13, 2013 Taught by expert instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute (a program of the National Outdoor Leadership School), this class teaches participants the standards for urban and wilderness care situations, and emphasizes decision making and injury prevention.  Some of the topics covered include CPR, dehydration and heat-related injuries, shock, spine and head trauma, musculoskeletal injuries, wound management, environmental emergencies and common expedition problems. Most of the instruction takes place in a classroom setting or in nearby wooded areas.  A practical exam will be conducted in a remote area of the park during a simulated rescue operation.  Free group camping throughout the event is provided for all participants, and free Wi-Fi is available at various locations in the immediate area. This three-day skills-based class is for individuals who are current Wilderness First Responders with a valid certification through WMI, SOLO, NOLS, WMA,… read more

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2013 Grand Canyon Star Party

The Grand Canyon’s 23rd Annual Star Party will be held on both the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park 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 volunteers 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… read more

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South Rim Roads Open, But Have Icy Spots: Caution

South Rim Road Conditions. As of this update, South Rim roads are open.  Roads are snow-packed and icy in places.  Please drive with caution.  Additional snowstorms or freezing conditions may result in future road closures that can happen with little or no advance notice. Call 928-638-7496 for current park road condition information. Please drive with caution and at speeds appropriate to the road conditions. Watch for deer and elk in the roadway. Take your time and be patient.  Allow extra time to get to your destination. Always accelerate and decelerate slowly to get the best traction. Do not turn abruptly.  Turn and change lanes slowly and gradually. Increase the distance between you and the traffic ahead of you, allowing plenty of time to brake and steer around hazards. Posted speed limits are set for normal road and driving conditions.  Snow and ice are not normal.  Slow down. Use your low… read more

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History Exhibit: The Amazing Kolb Brothers Continues Through February

Historic artifacts and an exhibit of the photography of the famous Kolb Brothers continues through the month of February at Kolb Studio, on the South Rim of of Grand Canyon National Park.  Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily, this exhibit is free and open to the public. The Kolb Brothers are legend at the Grand Canyon for their pioneering spirits, daredevil exploits to secure the perfect picture, and of course their vast treasure trove of historic photographs.  Ellsworth and Emery arrived at the South Rim in the dawning years of the 20th century to establish Kolb Studio, long before the Grand Canyon was designated a national park.  Stories of their adventures, family, and their enduring photography business on the South Rim are told for the first time in exhibit form, and displayed in their historic studio. Presented by the Grand Canyon Association, Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library Special Collections and… read more

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Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon

The Transcanyon Pipeline is currently undergoing repairs above Cottonwood immediately adjacent to the North Kaibab Trail.  The tank at Phantom Ranch was filled before the repairs began and it is expected that this water will serve critical concession needs through Friday.  However, backpackers should be prepared to boil or otherwise treat creek water to serve their needs. Repairs to the pipeline itself are expected to be completed on Friday, February 1.  Repairs to the trail and rehabilitation of the surrounding area may take several weeks.  During all of the repairs and rehabilitation, backcountry users are asked to use caution when in the vicinity.  Hikers should expect delays and detours and should be prepared to follow any direction provided by workers in the area. Purified drinking water is usually available year-round at Bright Angel and Indian Garden Campgrounds and at Bright Angel and South Kaibab trailheads.  Seasonal water stations are usually… read more

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Grand Canyon Lottery for 2014 Noncommercial River Trip Permits Opens February 1

On Friday, February 1, 2013, the National Park Service will begin accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.  The permits will be for specific launch dates within calendar year 2014. Each year in February, a main lottery is held to assign launch dates for river trips occurring the next year.  Public notifications regarding main lotteries are made by both e-mail and news release.  In addition to the annual main lottery, follow-up lotteries are held as needed throughout the remainder of the year to reassign canceled and/or left-over river trips. For more information about the 2014 River Trip Permit Lottery, please visit the Grand Canyon National Park website.

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