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2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art (South Rim) September 14, 2013 – January 14, 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 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, 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 on the South Rim, on the North Rim, at Phantom Ranch and at Indian Garden during the “Plein Air… read more

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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 April

The Amazing Kolb Brothers, A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon exhibit continues through April in Kolb Studio, located in the historic Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.  Open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm, this exhibit is free and open to the public, and an essential part of any visit to 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 family, and their enduring photography business on the 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 Archives, and Grand Canyon National Park.  Additional funding… read more

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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“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

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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.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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