Grand Canyon National Park Operations Update

 
Looking over a wind sculpted snowbank, a tapestry of winter clouds is moving above a colorful canyon landscape filled with peaks, buttes and sheer cliff walls. The first two thousand feet of rock layers is covered by a layer of snow.
Winter storm clearing from the Canyon Rim Trail on Thursday afternoon, February 8, 2024. After a break Friday morning, another storm system moves in Friday afternoon and into Saturday. Drier weather will return by Sunday with warming temperatures into next week.

NPS Photo/C. Kraus

 

Park Operations Update — Wednesday, February 21, 2024

  • Today's Park Ranger Programs > ---
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  • State Route 67, and the North Rim of the park are closed to all vehicle traffic for the winter. Details >
    The North Rim is scheduled to re-open for the 2024 season on May 15.(Subject to change).
 
Topographic map showing the main Grand Canyon corridor trails. South Rim Village is at the bottom and the Colorador River is at the top of the map with Bright Angel Campground in the upper right. Trails highlighted in red to indicate closures
Map showing the trail closures that are in effect as of December 1, 2023.

NPS

Current Trail Closures

Relarted to the construction of the Transcanyon Waterline.

  • BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL - CLOSED
    1/2 mile from the Trailhead down to the Silver Bridge, including Havasupai Gardens Campground.
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
  • TONTO TRAIL - CLOSED
    East of Horn Creek to the South Kaibab Trail (the Tipoff)
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
  • PLATEAU POINT TRAIL - CLOSED
    CLOSURE DURATION: October 12, 2023, through March 14, 2025

While Bright Angel Trail is CLOSED, take the South Kaibab Trail to access Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground. Park at the Visitor Center and take the Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle to South Kaibab Trailhead.
Additional trail updates and upcoming closures >

 
  • NORTH KAIBAB TRAIL between Manzanita and Supai Tunnel - CLOSED: January 9, through February 29, 2024. Closure will be in effect daily from 8am MST until 4pm MST to allow for contractors to install seismic survey nodes in Roaring Springs Canyon.
  • Note: The upper portion of the North Kaibab Trail has 12+ inches of snow/ice covering the trail. Foot traction is recommended. Boots with gaiters and yak tracks, or snowshoes are recommended.Caution: during the warmer parts of the day, avalanches could be triggered on slopes that are 30-45 degrees.
  • Reminder: the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is currently closed to vehicle traffic through May 14, 2024.

Covid-19 Updates

Weekly updates >

 

Roads, Entrance Fees, and Closures:

Reservation are not required to enter the park, and there is no timed entry.

  • Today's Weather and Road Conditions

  • Entrances Fees: Entrance Fees are paid at the park's entrance stations, Credit cards, and America the Beautiful passes are accepted for entry. Cash is not accepted at this time. All annual passes are available for purchase at the park's entrance stations.

  • Visiting for the day in an RV, or pulling a trailer? On the South Rim there are 3 designated parking lots for RVs. Details >

  • Hermit Road is open to personal vehicles during Dec, Jan and Feb.
    Between March 1, and November 30, Hermit Road can only be accessed by the free Hermit Road (Red) Route shuttle bus, on foot, bicycle, or by commercial tour. Details >

  • The North Rim is closed for the winter Details >

  • Desert View (East Entrance) is Open 24/7 Details >

 

Car/RV Campgrounds and Rim Trails:

Grand Canyon National Park remains in stage 1 fire restrictions year-round which requires that a campfire always be in a designated fire ring within a maintained campground. Inner canyon backcountry users can use gas cook stoves, but campfires and other open fires are never allowed below the canyon rim.

  • Mather Campground (No Hook-ups) OPEN ALL YEAR Grand Canyon Village.
    The Mather Campground office kiosk - at the entrance to the campground is open. Reservations are recommended between March 1, and November 30, 2023 and may be made up to 6 months in advance. There are 15, first come, first served campsites that go on sale at the campground office at 8 am each day. Details >

  • Trailer Village RV Campground is OPEN ALL YEAR (Full Hook-ups) Details >

  • Camper Services (laundry and showers) at the entrance to Mather Campground Details >

  • Desert View Campground (No Hook-ups) CLOSED for Winter
    Due to high demand, Desert View Campground now requires advanced reservations.. Book reservations up to 6 months in advance for the 2024 season (April 13, through October 13, 2024) Details > .

  • North Rim Campground (No Hook-ups) CLOSED for Winter
    Advanced reservations are required in 2024. Book reservations up to 6 months in advance from May 15, through October 15, 2024. Details >

  • Rim Trails: The Canyon Rim Trail and the GreenwayTrail system on the South Rim, are open to the public outside of the village residential area.

  • Rim Trail in front of Bright Angel Lodge - Construction workers will be working in an area by the Bright Angel Lodge. A section adjacent to the lodge will be closed for use January 22, through April 4, 2024. A detour will be provided to go around the lodge and reconnect to the Rim Trail during the closure.
 
The top 1/2 mile of Bright Angel Trail shows the open area. The turnaround point is indicated by a red star. The trail below the star is closed until April 14, 2024.
As of December 1, 2023, Bright Angel Trail is closed from below the Turnaround Point, all the way down to the Silver Bridge. The closure is scheduled to end on Sunday, April 14, 2024. For longer day hikes, take the Canyon Rim Trail along the rim or the South Kaibab Trail into the canyon.

NPS/J. Baird

Hiking and Backcountry Updates:

  • Day Hiking: The Canyon Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail are open for day hiking.

  • BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL - CLOSED
    1/2 mile from the Trailhead down to the Silver Bridge, including Havasupai Gardens Campground.
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
  • TONTO TRAIL - CLOSED
    East of Horn Creek to the South Kaibab Trail (the Tipoff)
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
  • PLATEAU POINT TRAIL - CLOSED
    CLOSURE DURATION: October 12, 2023, through March 14, 2025

Corridor Trail Water Availability

  • Water pipeline breaks are common, and Grand Canyon National Park recommends that hikers and runners be prepared to filter or disinfect creek water along corridor trails.

Backcountry Camping Permits

Additional Things To Know

  • Tribal Lands: Restrictions exist on both the Navajo and Havasupai reservations. Currently, neither the South Bass Trailhead nor rim camps in the Pasture Wash area can be accessed by vehicle. Details >
 

Free Shuttle Bus Routes in Operation

At this time, face masks are not required on shuttle buses.
  • Village (Blue) Route Shuttle >
    In service from 8 am to 7 pm. Connects the Visitor Center with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza.

  • Hikers' Express Shuttle >
    An early morning bus that transports visitors between the village and South Kaibab Trailhead. Departs the village at 8 and 9 am during December, January and February.

  • Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route >
    Begins service at 8 am each day and the last bus at 6 pm. Provides transportation from the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal to South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, Pipe Creek Overlook, Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum. Need access to or from the South Kaibab Trailhead when the shuttle buses are not running? Please contact Xanterra Taxi Service at (928) 638-2631.

  • Hermit Road (Red) Route >
    CLOSED DURING WINTER Service resumes on March 1, 2024.
    Hermit Road is open to personal vehicles during Dec, Jan, and Feb.

  • Tusayan (Purple) Route - Park & Ride >
    CLOSED - SUMMER ONLY. Service will resume during summer 2024.

 

South Rim Visitor Centers and Contact Stations

  • South Rim Visitor Center
    • Hours of operation: 10 am to 4 pm daily.
    • Trip planning and hiking information is available through permanent exhibits and sidewalk signs outside of the visitor center building.
  • Grand Canyon Conservancy's Park Store 8 am to 6 pm daily (across the plaza from the Visitor Center) Has an Information Desk, Passport Stamp Station, Junior Ranger Books and Badges.
  • Bright Angel Bicycles
    Grab & Go Café, Coffee Bar, Bicycle Rental and Tours
    (across the plaza from the Visitor Center)

    Bike Rentals 10 am to 4 pm daily. - weather permitting.
    Café: 10 am to 5 pm daily.
    NOTE: On Wednesday, February 21, BA Bikes and Café will be closing at 12 p.m.

  • Park Headquarters Information Desk - CLOSED

  • Desert View Watchtower Retail Store (View Room) 9 am to 5 pm daily
    The upper floors of the tower are open, when staffing allows, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Capacity is 25 people in the tower at one time. A ticket system admits 25 people with a 20 minute time limit.
 

South Rim Lodging and Visitor Services

Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (Xanterra)

  • El Tovar Hotel Lodging
    Dining Room: (Breakfast 7 am to 10 am)
    (Lunch
    11:00 am to 2:30 pm) (Dinner 4:30 pm to 9 pm)

    Advanced reservations are required for lunch and dinner at the El Tovar Dining Room. Make online reservations here >
    El Tovar Lounge 11 am to 10 pm
    El Tovar Patio and Beer Garden - closed until spring 2024

  • Bright Angel Lodge: Lodging
    Construction workers will be working in an area by Bright Angel Lodge. A section adjacent to the lodge will be closed for use January 22, through April 4, 2024. A detour will be provided to go around the lodge and reconnect to the Rim Trail during the closure.

    Bright Angel Lodge Canyonside Coffee Bar/Grab & Go: 7 am to 4 pm daily
    Bright Angel Lodge Fred Harvey Tavern: 11 am to 10 pm daily

    Bright Angel Lodge — Fred Harvey Burger:
    (Breakfast: 7 am to 10 am) (Lunch:11 am to 3 pm) (Dinner: 4 pm to 8:30 pm)

    Bright Angel Lodge — Arizona Steak House:
    CLOSED FOR THE WINTER - January 2, through March 3, 2024.

    (Lunch: 11:30 am to 3 pm) (Dinner 4:30 to 9 pm)

  • Thunderbird Lodge Lodging

  • Kachina Lodge Lodging

  • Maswik Lodge Front Desk: 7 am to 11 pm daily
    Maswik Lodge Gift Shop: 8 am to 8 pm daily

    Maswik Lodge Food Court and Grab & Go: 7 am to 8 pm daily

    Maswik Lodge Pizza Pub: 4 pm to 9 pm daily.
    First come, First Serve and Dine in Only. Serving food until 9 pm

  • Hopi House Gift Shop: 9 am to 6 pm daily

  • Lookout Studio Gift Shop: 9 am to 5 pm daily

  • Hermits Rest Gift Shop: 9 am to 5 pm daily

  • Phantom Ranch Cabins only and limited canteen service Details >

  • Mule Rides - Details >

  • Taxi Service: (24 hours) 928-638-2631
    Between South Kaibab Trailhead and Village
    Between Village and Tusayan/ Airport
    Not serving Hermit Road at this time

  • Guided Bus Tours - Take the time to learn some of the captivating history and geology of this timeless location. All In-Park tours feature a trained driver-guide, who will provide an informative narrative throughout your tour of the park. Details >

  • Grand Canyon Kennel: 7:30 am to 5 pm, Daily . Details >
    Overnight boarding is available seven days/week.

    Visit Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' Website >

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel (Xanterra)

 

Delaware North —Grand Canyon Village

  • Yavapai Lodge: Lodging
  • Yavapai Lodge Coffee Shop: 7 am to 2 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Tavern and Patio: 12 pm to 9 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Gift Shop: 8 am to 8 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Restaurant: 7 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 8 pm daily
  • Canyon Village Market and General Store: 7 am to 8 pm daily
  • Canyon Village Market Deli: 7 am to 5:30 pm daily
  • Trailer Village RV Campground Office Kiosk: 10 am to 6 pm daily
  • The RV and Camper Services building: laundry and showers
    7 am to 6 pm daily. Last laundry load: 4:30 pm
    Last shower: 5:45 pm

  • Visit Delaware North's Website >

 

Services at Market Plaza

  • Chase Outdoor ATM Machine 24 Hours (Market Plaza) Chase Bank officially closed all in-person services on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

  • Grand Canyon Post Office window service open 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Canyon Village Market and General Store: 7 am to 8 pm, daily
    Canyon Village Market Deli: 7 am to 5:30 pm, daily

Grand Canyon Clinic

North Country Healthcare (1 Clinic Road)

Urgent Care - Family Practice - Physical Therapy & Virtual Visits

  • Labor Day to Memorial Day:
    Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Memorial Day to Labor Day: 9 am to 6 pm daily (Summer)

Pharmacy:

  • Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm

  • Closed 12 pm to 1 pm

The clinic offers walk-ins and same day appointments for routine and sick visits. Please wear a face mask anytime you enter the clinic. If you do not have a face mask, one can be provided to you.

Please call ahead at 928-638-2551 to schedule an appointment

 

Desert View is Open

  • The East Entrance to the park at Desert View is open 24/7. Some visitor services are open: Details >

  • Desert View Campground (no hook-ups) CLOSED for the Winter
    Due to high demand, Desert View Campground now requires advanced reservations.. Book reservations up to 6 months in advance for the 2024 season (April 13, through October 13, 2024) Details >

  • Learn about touring 23 mile (37 km) scenic Desert View Drive in your vehicle: Details >

 

The North Rim is closed for the winter

 

Covid-19 Updates

  • As of September 30, Arizona Department Health Services stopped reporting weekly COVID cases in the state. As of January 8, 2024, we have 1 new COVID-19 case reported in the park. COVID continues to affect some people hard, so be careful.
  • If Coconino County was to lapse into High level of hospitalizations, we would have to revert to some past restrictions like masking indoors in certain settings and other restrictions. Of course, we are hoping to avoid this and to remain healthy.
  • New updated COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older and are available now at most places you would normally go to get your vaccines.

  • The updated vaccines should work well against currently circulating variants of COVID-19, including all Omicron variants that are currently the most prevalent, like the Eris and Priola subvariants.

 

Havasupai Visitor Information

The Tribe has launched an official Facebook tourism page > Havasupai Tribe Tourism | Facebook
There are countless Havasupai-related pages on Facebook, however, these are not operated or authorized by the Tribe. Please visit and like their tourism page where official information regarding tourism can be found.

For updated information visit www.havasupaireservations.com —This website is owned and controlled by the Tribe.

 

When traveling through the Navajo Nation:

General guidelines are for everyone living on or visiting the Navajo Nation for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Navajo Tribal Parks are open and welcoming visitors. For more information about Navajo Tribal Parks, call: 928-871-6647 or visit www.navajonationparks.org

Continue taking precautionary measures.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching frequently-touched surfaces in public places – e.g., gas pumps, ATMs, door handles, handrails, etc. Use a barrier such as a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hands or fingers if you must touch something.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and mouth.
  • Socially (physically) distance yourselves. Keep at least six-feet apart from others in public
 

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    Grand Canyon National Park Announces Spring 2021 Shuttle Bus Schedule

    November 25, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park Transitions to Winter Operations

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    North Rim Transitions to Day Use Operations Beginning October 19, 2020

    August 27, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park to Begin Modified Shuttle Operations

    July 1, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park Requests River Guides and Boaters Bypass Havasu Canyon

    June 30, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park Announces Modifications to Phantom Ranch Operations

    June 29, 2020
    North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park to Open for Day Use

    June 12, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park Temporarily Closes North Rim Due to Mangum Fire

    May 28, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park is Beginning to Increase Recreational Access

    May 20, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park is beginning to increase recreational access at the South Rim

    May 13, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park is beginning to increase access to South Rim Viewpoints >

    May 12, 2020
    Arizona Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase Of Arizona Recovery >

    April 1, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park Closed >

    March 30, 2020
    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a Stay-at-Home Executive Order in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
    Details >

    March 26, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park Is Modifying Additional Operations To Implement Local Health Guidance >

    March 20, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park is Modifying River Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance >

    March 19, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park Transitions to Limited Services >

    March 18, 2020
    Grand Canyon National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance >

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    Last updated: February 21, 2024

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