Monthly Archives: March 2013

Grand Canyon’s Earth Day Celebration Weekend – April 19-21, 2013

Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day with a weekend of activities April 19-21, 2013.  The weekend will include a film about conservationist Aldo Leopold, a keynote presentation by author Mary Ellen Hannibal, and a day of fun and educational activities.  Everyone is invited to take part. A free screening of the film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time will kick off the weekend on Friday, April 19, at 5:30pm in the Grand Canyon Visitor Center theatre.  This award-winning, one-hour documentary recounts the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold and explores the many ways in which his land ethic and philosophy shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. On Saturday, April 20, at 7:30pm, Grand Canyon’s Green Team is proud to host environmental author Mary Ellen Hannibal, who will be talking about recent studies of landscape connectivity as well as… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trails Update

Bright Angel Trail has small, occasional patches of ice.  Over-the-shoe traction devices optional. South Kaibab Trail and Hermit Trail have no snow or ice. Grandview Trail and Tanner Trail might have some small ice patches.  Over-the-shoe traction devices suggested just in case. North Kaibab Trail (between Roaring Springs and the trailhead) has issues with rock fall, debris on the trail, and sections that are slumping away.  Trail damage was caused by a warm winter storm in late January 2013 where rain accelerated snow melt and led to rock falls and mud slides.  The trail is open and passable, but hikers should plan for degraded trail conditions and loose rock until mid-May when the National Park Service trail crew is expected to complete repairs.  Keep in mind that winter conditions can cause additional issues, anyone hiking the trail must be prepared to assess the conditions they see and determine their own… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Archaeology Day, Saturday 3/23/2013

Join park rangers at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to learn more about people who lived here long ago.  Family-friendly activities take place from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Try your hand at making clay pinch pots and split-twig figurines; sift for artifacts and plant corn, beans and squash. There will also be cultural dance and handicraft demonstrations throughout the day, and a special evening program at 7:30pm at the Shrine of Ages Auditorium. Special Evening Program by Park Archaeologist Ellen Brennan Shrine of Ages Auditorium: 7:30pm All activities and programs are free of charge. Activities for Kids at Visitor Center: Join the rangers at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to learn more about people who lived here long ago.  Family friendly hands-on activities take place from 10:00am to 4:00pm (Outdoor activities weather permitting.) Make clay pinch pots Make split-twig figurines “Sift for artifacts” Create rock art on scratch art paper Plant… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor

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 depending 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.  Additional water bottle filling stations can be found on the Go “Green” and Refill Your Water Bottles web page. Plan Ahead and Prepare:  A backup method to treat water, should the pipeline break, must always be included as part of your first aid kit.  Backcountry hikers should always carry extra water.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Grand Canyon National Park Recently Celebrated Black History Month and Healthy Parks Healthy People with Darryl Haley

On Friday, February 22, Grand Canyon National Park and special guest Darryl Haley kicked off a weekend celebration of Black History Month and Healthy Parks Healthy People.  This groundbreaking event was a part of the Grand Canyon Diversity Council’s effort to increase diversity and inclusivity in Grand Canyon National Park. Haley is a former New England Patriot, Ironman Triathlete, and world-renowned fitness trainer.  He also hosts WHUR’s (Howard University Radio) Fitness Friday on the Steve Harvey Morning Show.  Haley participated in the celebration in order to experience the Grand Canyon first-hand and to spread the word that there are a wide range of opportunities for people of varying fitness levels to experience their national parks. On Friday, Haley was introduced to the park by participating in a ranger-led walk along the Rim Trail.  On Saturday, he joined a hike down the Bright Angel Trail, 3.2 miles and 3,800 feet to… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bright Angel Trailhead Restoration

Work began September 2012 and is currently in progress.  Construction will be ongoing through April 2013.  For more information visit www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/const.htm Significant progress has been made on the Bright Angel (BA) Trailhead rehabilitation project.  Reconstruction of two masonry walls, one near Kolb Studio and one along the BA Trail has been completed.  In addition, the accessible trail from Village Loop Road to the southwest BA trailhead, the identity sign at the southwest trailhead, the shade shelters, and paving of the parking lot between the BA cabins and the southwest trailhead have also been completed.  The two restroom buildings are substantially complete; and the overall project is on schedule.  Completion is currently expected by mid-May, 2013. The next major milestone is completion of the underground burial of utilities and a critical tie-in to the Kolb Studio.  Remaining site work includes site grading, setting boulders, and paving of the concrete plaza and… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Grand Canyon Inn Opens for 2013 Season

We are pleased to announce that the Grand Canyon Inn has opened for the 2013 season and is again accepting reservations.  During our off-season winter hiatus, we completely remodeled all the bathrooms in the Inn.  We look forward to accommodating you and being a part of your Grand Canyon Vacation this year! For more information and to make a reservation, please visit our Grand Canyon Inn website at www.grandcanyoninn.com

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Current South Rim Transit Map Available

The new South Rim Village Transit Map for Spring 2013 (March 1 – May 22) is now available.  To download a printable pdf document, you may 2013SouthRimVillageTransitMapSpring.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Interpretive Ranger Programs South Rim Spring Schedule Available

Grand Canyon Ranger Programs:  The current program schedule may be downloaded below.  All programs are free of charge. All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present.  Spring months at Grand Canyon may bring a variety of weather conditions.  It is still possible to receive snow, and you may encounter icy walkways and trails.  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. Download the South Rim Spring 2013 Program Schedule by clicking here.  March 1 – May 22, 2013.  Includes the South Rim Village and Desert View / Tusayan Ruin, and inside the canyon at Phantom Ranch and Indian Garden.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Canyon Condor” Puppet Show Returns to the Grand Canyon

The National Park Service and Great Arizona Puppet Theater are proud to again present Canyon Condor, a fun and educational puppet show.  Free performances will be offered daily, March 11-16, at 1pm in the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Canyon Condor is the story of “Boo,” a California condor who hatches and grows up at the Grand Canyon.  Through story and song, Boo and the audience learn about the four stages a condor goes through before becoming an adult scavenger, and the importance of condors to the Grand Canyon ecosystem. The hour-long puppet show was written and produced by Nancy Smith of Great Arizona Puppet Theater (GAPT) especially for Grand Canyon National Park.  GAPT was established in 1983 and specializes in puppet shows that educate children and celebrate the rich culture, heritage, and ecology of Arizona. Funding for this event is… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We’re Remodeling!

Usually the Grand Canyon Inn is closed for the winter season, but this year all bathrooms in the Inn are being remodeled.  Rooms are available now (until March 6) on a walk-in basis only for a very special rate of $49.99!  No other discounts may apply to this special off-season rate.  You may call 1-800-635-9203 with any questions but please, no reservations.  Take advantage of the opportunity to lodge only 23 miles from the South Rim and spend more time at the Grand Canyon!  As always you can purchase your Park Entry Pass at the Valle Travel Stop, located just across the street from the Grand Canyon Inn. The Grand Canyon Inn will officially re-open for the season on March 7, 2013.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Archaeology Day, Saturday

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Grand Canyon Field Institute March Classes, Hikes & Tours

Introductory Backpack March 11, 2013 to March 14, 2013 A Grand Canyon hike from rim to river spans millions of years in geologic time and takes hikers from a high-altitude forest to desert lowlands in very short order.  Along the way there is much to intrigue the curious traveler.  Big views, ancient fossils, amazing plants, archaeological sites and pioneer structures are all in plain view, and provide a wide range of topics for your expert instructor to address.  Our introductory backpack begins with a thorough orientation, pack check and afternoon stroll along the scenic South Rim.  The following day includes a 4.5 mile descent of the Bright Angel Trail to the towering cottonwood trees of Indian Garden Campground, home for a two-night camping adventure.  A sunset visit to nearby Plateau Point with its commanding view of the Inner Gorge will cap the group’s inaugural day below the rim.  The following… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

The 2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art (South Rim) will be held 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 artists brings a completed studio piece with them and then creates more artwork on… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

History Exhibit: The Amazing Kolb Brothers Continues Through March

The Amazing Kolb Brothers, A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon, Exhibit will continue to be hosted by Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park through the month of March 2013.  This exhibit is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm and is free and open to the public. 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 family and their enduring photography business on the Rim are told for the first time in exhibit form and displayed in their historic studio. At first glance, Kolb Studio is just a house perched on the rim of Grand Canyon, but if you look behind the doors or see… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

South Rim Road Conditions

Park Road Conditions & Closures Direct-dial information recording:  please call 928.638.7496 As of this update, all South Rim Roads are open, but there may be a few icy places on Desert View Drive. Please drive with caution.  Additional snowstorms or freezing conditions may result in future road closures that can happen with little or no advance notice.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

South Rim Road Conditions

  Park Road Conditions & Closures Direct-dial information recording:  please call 928.638.7496 As of this update, all South Rim Roads are open, but there may be a few icy places on Desert View Drive. Please drive with caution.  Additional snowstorms or freezing conditions may result in future road closures that can happen with little or no advance notice.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Grand Canyon National Park Tourism Creates over $467 Million in Economic Benefit

According to a peer-reviewed report released by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park’s 4.3 million visitors spent $467,257,000 and supported 7,361 jobs in Arizona in 2011. “Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 22 national parks in Arizona.  These national parks are exceptional places – the jewels in America’s crown where we relax, get exercise and learn about America’s story,” said Dave Uberuaga, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent.  “And the people who live and work in communities near these national parks are invested in the parks.  Whether they visit a park, own or work at a business that serves local or long distance visitors or provides services for a park or park employees, the money visitors spend on national park trips has a positive impact on local economies, the economy of Arizona, and on our national economy.” This week the National Park Service also released its 2012… read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment