Sections of Grand Canyon back open thanks to recreational fees

Sections of Grand Canyon back open thanks to recreational fees
Grand Canyon National Park

GRAND CANYON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thanks to funds from recreation fees the South Rim and Desert View entrance stations at the Grand Canyon have been reopened.

Grand Canyon National Park roads, trails and overlooks have remained accessible since the beginning of the government shutdown due to support from the State of Arizona.

Visitor services provided by outside park concessioners and other businesses are also open, including lodging, restaurants and food service, grocery stores, retail, bicycle rental, concessioner-provided tours, and park shuttle operations.

“We greatly appreciate the generous contributions from the State of Arizona, which donated funding to help keep Grand Canyon open and accessible during the lapse in appropriations,” said Grand Canyon Deputy Superintendent Lisa Carrico, in a recent news release. “The state helped provide access and basic services to Grand Canyon National Park visitors and residents.”

Funds from the State of Arizona kept operations including snow removal, trash collection, and cleaning of restrooms running from Dec. 22 to Jan. 11, officials with the National Park Service will now be using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) funds to continue those services for the for the time being.

Some services at Grand Canyon may be limited or unavailable during the shutdown, including visitor centers, ranger talks and programs. All backcountry camping and Colorado River trips that require appropriate permits are not allowed and anyone in violation of this requirement is subject to enforcement actions. New permits are not being issued and existing permits may not be amended during the shutdown. Visitors with previously issued permits may proceed as permitted. Entrance Fees will not be collected.

Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon remains closed for the season.

Visit nps.gov/grandcanyon for information about accessibility and available services at Grand Canyon National Park.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

For information about visitor services conducted by park concessioners and other entities please see contact information below:

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