Additional Regulations and Policies
Grand Canyon Backcountry Management Plan (www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/bmp.htm)
- The 1988 Backcountry Management Plan defines the primary policies which manage visitor use and resource protection for the undeveloped areas of Grand Canyon National Park. The plan is divided into two sections. First are the general concepts and policies that guide backcountry management of Grand Canyon National Park. Second are the appendices that contain specific operational guidelines. The plan applies to lands within all three administrative districts of the park: Canyon, North Rim, and South Rim. Of the 1,215,735 acres contained within the park, approximately 1,179,700 acres are considered backcountry.
- Grand Canyon National Park has started work on a new Backcountry Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. The park's existing Backcountry Management Plan needs to be updated to comply with current National Park Service laws and policies and the park's 1995 General Management Plan. Development of a revised plan provides an opportunity to look at alternative management strategies for protecting park resources and values while providing for a variety of visitor experiences within the backcountry. Once completed, the revised Backcountry Management Plan will guide management decisions regarding the park's backcountry and wilderness resources into the future.
Grand Canyon Superintendent's Compendium (www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/publications.htm). Within 36 CFR, park superintendents are granted the right to make park-specific regulations to maintain public health and safety, protect environmental or scenic values, protect natural and cultural resources, aid in scientific research, provide for equitable use of facilities, and avoid conflict among visitor use activities. These park-specific regulations are found in the "Compendium Of Designations, Closures, Use and Activity Restrictions, Permit Requirements And Other Regulations".
Grand Canyon 2006 Colorado River Management Plan (www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/crmp.htm). This is a visitor use management plan that specifies actions to conserve park resources and visitor experience while enhancing river running recreational opportunities on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon Noncommercial River Trip Regulations (www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/Noncommercial_River_Trip_Regulations.pdf). A River Permit is required for noncommercial river travel on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. It is the responsibility of the permittee and each trip participant to know and obey all the regulations listed in this document.
Code of Federal Regulations (www.ecfr.gov). The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification (arrangement of) the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
The Use of Drones is Prohibited (www.nps.gov/policy/PolMemos/PM_14-05.htm) Currently, the use of drones is prohibited in Grand Canyon National Park and all national parks.
Firearm Information - Gun Regulations in the National Parks (1.8 MB PDF File). Federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in Grand Canyon National Park.
- It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, visit the Arizona state website at https://www.azleg.gov/arstitle/
- Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.