Grand Canyon National Park Operations Update

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On a rainy, overcast day, 14 people, wearing summer clothes and facemasks are waiting to board a green and white bus.
At the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, waiting to board the Westbound, Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle to Mather Point and Yavapai Point and Geology Museum. 7/31/2021
 

Park Operations Update - Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, public health measures are in place including capacity limits, temporary closures, and modified operations. For a listing of what is open, and what is closed in Grand Canyon National Park, scroll down this page.

 
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Wearing a face mask/covering is required for everyone:

If you are NOT fully vaccinated, wearing a face mask/covering is required:

  • Inside, in any shared space.

  • Outside if you cannot physically distance by maintaining a minimum of 6 feet/2 meters from those outside your household.

South Rim: Busy Season Tips >

 

Roads, Entrance Fees, and Closures:

  • Desert View East Entrance is Open: The East Entrance to the park at Desert View is open. Credit cards, Recreation.gov, Your Pass Now, and America the Beautiful passes are accepted for entry. Cash is not accepted at this time. More >
  • Entrances Fees: Entrance Fees are paid at the entrance stations, or by purchasing a pass in advance from nearby third-party vendors, or online, through Recreation.gov, or YourPassNow.
  • 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: The 7.5 mile (12 km) scenic Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles between March 1 and November 30, 2021. The Hermit Road (Red Route) shuttle bus is in service. Hermit Road is also open to foot and bicycle traffic.
  • The North Rim is Open for the 2021 Season: More >
 

Car/RV Campgrounds and Rim Trails:

  • Mather Campground in Grand Canyon Village is open for the 2021 season. (no hook-ups). Reservations are recommended and may be made up to 6 months in advance. More >

  • Trailer Village RV Campground is open for the season and has full hook-ups. More >

  • Desert View Campground is open for the season. (no hook-ups). Due to high demand, Desert View Campground now requires advanced reservations. You may book reservations up to 6 months in advance. Same Day Reservations may also be made online or by phone. More >

  • North Rim Campground is open for the 2021 season. More >

  • 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.

 

Backcountry Updates:

  • Day Hiking: Canyon trails are open for day hiking.
  • Water Availability: 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. Corridor Trail water has been turned on for the season. More Backcountry Updates >
  • Backcountry Permits: Requests for overnight backcountry permits are being considered, and most permits are issued well in advance. More >
  • The Backcountry Information Center has reopened. Hours of operation are the same as they were before the closure, 8 am – noon; and 1 – 5 pm. COVID safety protocols are in place..
  • Bright Angel Campground is at half capacity: The sewage treatment plant located at the bottom of the canyon is a critical piece of infrastructure that for years has allowed over 200 people nightly to stay at Bright Angel Campground and the Phantom Ranch Lodge. To ensure state environmental quality standards continue to be met, dramatic reductions in overnight use are necessary until new equipment can be purchased and installed. Hikers should expect longer than normal wait times to obtain a permit at the park.
  • 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.
  • Hikers' Express shuttle bus
    The Hikers' Express Bus is an early morning bus from Grand Canyon Village to the South Kaibab Trailhead. Durning July and August, the bus leaves Bright Angel Lodge at 4, 5, and 6 am, making stops at the Backcountry Information Center and the Visitor Center Shuttle Terminal on the way the South Kaibab Trailhead. Masks are required to ride the bus. Details >
  • The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route eastbound shuttle provides direct service between the Visitor Center Bus Terminal and South Kaibab Trailhead. It is in operation from 4 am until 1 hour after sunset. Masks are required.

  • More about South Rim shuttle routes >
 

South Rim Visitor Centers and Contact Stations

CDC guidelines and physical distancing measures are in place. Face coverings are required to enter these buildings.

  • South Rim Visitor Center and Theater Building - CLOSED
    Information table outside is staffed by rangers: 8 am - 5 pm daily

  • Grand Canyon Conservancy's Park Store 9 am to 7 pm daily
    (across the plaza from the Visitor Center)

  • Park Headquarters Information Desk - CLOSED

  • Backcountry Information Center (BIC): 8 am – noon; and 1 pm – 5 pm.

  • Yavapai Geology Museum: 9 am to 7 pm daily

  • Verkamps Visitor Center: 9 am to 7 pm daily

  • Kolb Studio: 9 am to 7 pm daily

  • Desert View Watchtower Retail Store (Kiva Room) 9 am to 5 pm daily
    Only the ground level retail store is open to the public. The tower itself remains closed until further notice.

  • Check bulletin boards and signs for available Park Ranger programs in Grand Canyon Village, Desert View and on the North Rim.

 

Shuttle Bus Routes in Operation

  • Village (Blue) Route shuttle connects the Visitor Center Plaza with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, bank, and post office) Masks are required on the bus.
  • The Hikers' Express Shuttle runs at 4, 5, and 6 am during July and August. Masks are required on the bus.
  • The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route begins service at 5 am each day. Buses arrive at designated stops every 15-30 minutes. The Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle runs until one hour after sunset, with service from the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal to South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, Pipe Creek Overlook, Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum. Masks are required on the bus.
  • The Hermit Road (Red Route) begins service at 5 am each day. Buses arrive at designated stops every 15-30 minutes. The Hermit Road Route runs until one hour after sunset. Masks are required on the bus.
  • The Visitor Center Plaza to Hermit Road Express Bus runs every 15 minutes from 12 noon to 8 pm ONLY. This Express shuttle does not make any other stops in the Village. Masks are required on the bus.
  • Tusayan (Purple Route) CLOSED Throughout 2021
    The Tusayan Route with service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and the gateway community of Tusayan is not in operation.

 

South Rim Lodging and Visitor Services

Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (Xanterra)

  • El Tovar Hotel Lodging - Restaurant (B 7-10:30 am) (L 11:00 am - 3 pm) (D 4:30-9 pm) Advanced reservations are required for lunch and dinner at the El Tovar Dining Room. Online reservations can be made here >

    The Fred Harvey Food Truck will be located at the El Tovar / Hopi House area from 11 am – 4 pm. Seven days per week, weather permitting.

  • Bright Angel Lodge: Lodging
    Bright Angel Fountain Coffee House: 7 am to 11 am daily
    Bright Angel Fountain Grab & Go: 11 am to 6 pm daily
    Bright Angel Fred Harvey Tavern: 11 am to 9 pm daily
    Bright Angel: Arizona Steak House: CLOSED
    Bright Angel: Fred Harvey Burger: CLOSED

  • Thunderbird Lodge Lodging only

  • Kachina Lodge Lodging only

  • Maswik Lodge Front Desk: 7 am to 11 pm daily
    Maswik Lodge Gift Shop: 8 am - 9 pm daily (Coffee)
    Maswik Lodge Food Court and Grab & Go: 6:30 am - 8 pm daily
    Maswik Lodge Pizza Pub: CLOSED

  • Hopi House Gift Shop: 9 am to 5 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

  • 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

  • Bus Tours - SUSPENDED

  • South Rim Kennel - Open Friday through Monday, 7:30 am — 5 pm.
    Overnight boarding is available Friday through Sunday nights only.
    Details >

  • Visit Grand Canyon National Park Lodges Website >

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel - in Operation: 2 Trains Daily

Delaware North Grand Canyon Village

  • Yavapai Lodge: Lodging available
  • Yavapai Lodge Coffee Shop: 6 am to 1 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Tavern and Patio: 12 pm to 10 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Gift Shop: 8 am to 8 pm daily
  • Yavapai Lodge Restaurant - CLOSED
  • Canyon Village Market and General Store: 7 am to 8 pm daily
  • Canyon Village Market Deli: 7 am to 2 pm daily
  • Trailer Village RV Park: open daily
  • The RV and Camper Services building: laundry and showers
    6 am to 1 pm daily. Last laundry load: 11:30 am
    Last shower: 12:45 pm

  • Visit Delaware North's Website >

Bright Angel Bicycles

Grab & Go Café, Coffee Bar, Bicycle Rental and Tours (Visitor Center Plaza)
Bike Rentals: 8 am to 5 pm daily.
Cafe: 8 am to 6 pm daily.

Services at Market Plaza

Grand Canyon Clinic (North Country Healthcare, 1 Clinic Road)
The Clinic is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Please call ahead at 928-638-2551 to schedule an appointment (no walk-ins available). If you have a scheduled appointment please wear a face mask anytime you enter the clinic. If you do not have a face mask, one can be provided to you.

 

Most Desert View Facilities Are Open

  • The East Entrance to the park at Desert View is open. For detailed information about the facilities and services that are open: Visit this link >
  • For information about touring 23 mile (37 km) scenic Desert View Drive in your vehicle: Visit this link >
 

The North Rim is Open for the Season

  • What you need to know about visiting the North Rim (May 15, through October 15, 2021) More >
 

Update: Phased Reopening of Colorado River Rafting Trips

Grand Canyon National Park’s COVID-19 Mitigation Phase for River Use moved from “Medium” to “Light” restriction level on April 1, 2021. The “Light” restriction level allows 100% river use while continuing key COVID-19 Safety Mitigation requirements. (details at https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/COVID-19_River_Update.pdf)

 

Refund and Rescheduling Information:

 

Park Covid-19 Updates and Precautions

Covid-19 Cases

  • COVID-19 confirmed cases in zip code 86023 (Grand Canyon/Tusayan): 215
  • COVID-19 confirmed cases inside the park 50 — Recovered 48
  • COVID-19 confirmed cases in Coconino County: 18,324 — Recovered: 17,640 — Deaths: 317
  • COVID-19 confirmed cases in Arizona: 925,169 — Deaths: 18,224

Following guidance from the White House, Centers f6or Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Grand Canyon National Park is closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is using a phased approach to maintain and increase access.

As of 7/28/2021 — consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission. Wearing a face mask/covering is required for everyone Inside all park buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

Covid-19 Precautions

Protecting Visitors, Employees, and Partners During a Pandemic:

Wearing a face mask/covering is required inside Grand Canyon National Park, if you are NOT fully vaccinated:

  • Inside, in any shared space.
  • Outside if you cannot physically distance by maintaining a minimum of 6 feet/2 meters from those outside your household.
  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
  • Practice Physical Distancing!

  • Wash Hands Frequently!

  • Stay Home When Sick!

  • Coconino County Covid-19 Information Center

Navajo Nation Covid-19 Updates

When traveling through the Navajo Nation:

  • Wearing a mask is still mandatory in public on the Navajo Nation, whether a person is vaccinated or unvaccinated.
  • There is daily curfew between 11 pm and 5 am MDT.
  • Navajo Tribal Parks are open and welcome visitors at 50 percent capacity. For more information about Navajo Tribal Parks, call: 928-871-6647 or visit www.navajonationparks.org
 

Public Health Preparation and Response

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Grand Canyon National Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners and volunteers.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The neighboring Havasupai reservation remains closed for tourism, and details for operational updates can be found on their website.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Updates about National Park Service operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

 

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April 8, 2021
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February 16, 2021
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November 25, 2020
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October 8, 2020
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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
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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 >

Last updated: August 3, 2021

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

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