Grand Canyon National Park Operations Update

Monday, 04/12/2023 | 03:24 UTC-5

Grand Canyon National Park, in Northern Arizona, encompasses 278 miles (447 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. Located on ancestral homeland of 11 Associated Tribes, Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world—unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers visitors from the rims.

Grand Canyon National Park Operations Update


Park Operations Update —Monday, December 4, 2023

  • Free Park Shuttle Buses - Winter schedule changes >
  • South Rim Visitor Center is OPEN today from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Park Ranger Programs are being presented today.
  • 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).


Starting December 1, 2023, Bright Angel Trail will be closed from below the Turnaround Point, all the way down to the Silver Bridge.

NPS/J. Baird

Current Trail Closures

Relarted to the construction of the Transcanyon Waterline.

Thursday, October 12, through Friday, March 14, 2025

  • The Plateau Point Trail is closed from the Tonto Trail junction to Plateau Point.

Friday, December 1, through Sunday, April 14, 2024

  • Bright Angel Trail is closed approximately ½ mile from the trailhead all the way down to the Silver Bridge. The Havasupai Gardens Campground is also closed.
  • Tonto Trail is closed east of Horn Creek to the South Kaibab Trail junction. (The Tipoff).

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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 FeesEntrance 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 portion of the Rim Trail will be closed when they are working. The work should be completed by April 4, 2024. The start date has been postponed, and the revised date will be posted here as soon as it is available. A detour will be provided to go around the lodge and reconnect to the Rim Trail during the closure.


Hiking and Backcountry Updates:

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

    1/2 mile from the Trailhead down to the Silver Bridge, including Havasupai Gardens Campground.
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
    East of Horn Creek to the South Kaibab Trail (the Tipoff)
    CLOSURE DURATION: December 1, 2023, through April 14, 2024
    CLOSURE DURATION: October 12, 2023, through March 14, 2025
  • Additional trail updates >

Corridor Trail Water Availability

  • Hikers and runners: check this page for current corridor trail water availability > Critical Backcountry Updates >
  • 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

  • Backcountry Permits: Most overnight camping permits are issued well in advance. Details >
  • Obtain a permit at the South Rim Backcountry Information Center. Hours of operation: 8 am to noon; and 1 to 5 pm daily.

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.

  • 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. CLOSED Christmas and New Year's Day.
    • Trip planning and hiking information is available through permanent exhibits and sidewalk signs outside of the visitor center building.
  • Park Ranger Programs > are presented daily in Grand Canyon Village. Programs are not presented on Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • 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, and B.A.R.K. Ranger tags.
  • 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 4 pm daily.

  • Park Headquarters Information Desk - CLOSED
  • Backcountry Information Center (BIC): 8 am to 12 noon; and 1 pm to 5 pm. —Backcountry permits and information.
  • Yavapai Geology Museum: 8 am to 6 pm daily
  • Kolb Studio: 8 am to 6 pm daily
    Guided Tours of the Kolb house are offered Tues, Wed, Thurs.
  • Verkamps Visitor Center8 am to 6 pm daily

  • Desert View > and the East Entrance, is 23 miles (37 km) east of Grand Canyon Village on State Route 64, Desert View Drive >
  • 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)
    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
    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:
    (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
    Closes at 6 pm on Friday, December 8.
  • Yavapai Lodge Gift Shop: 8 am to 8 pm daily
    Closes at 6 pm on Friday, December 8.
  • Yavapai Lodge Restaurant: 7 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 8 pm daily
    Not open for dinner on Friday, December 8.
  • Canyon Village Market and General Store: 7 am to 8 pm daily
    Closes at 6 pm on Friday, December 8.
  • 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)


  • 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

  • Learn about visiting the North Rim during the 2024 season >
    (May 15, through October 15, 2034)

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 —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 visitorsFor more information about Navajo Tribal Parks, call: 928-871-6647 or visit
  • January 20, 2023 Public Health Emergency Order No. 2023-001 Lifting the Indoor Mask Mandate for the General Public and for all Businesses
  • The order leaves the continued wearing of masks optional for the general public for all businesses with four exceptions: early childhood education, primary and secondary schools, nursing homes and healthcare facilities, where masks are still a required precaution.

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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