Grand Canyon News

Headlines and news for the Grand Canyon visitor and enthusiast.

The Infamouse Flapjack Affair band making music at Shoshone Point in the Grand Canyon. Photo by Dana Romanoff

“Confluence,” A Musical Journey Along the Colorado River

The Infamous Flapjack Affair, an indie-folk band of four Oxford grads, journeyed on the Colorado River through national parks, making music as they went. Read More...

Shark and bird at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Kate Noll

2016 National Park Photo Contest Winners

2016 Grand Prize winner is Kate Noll of wildlife from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Runners up are Phill Monson and Sandeep Gali. + 56 Honorable Mentions Read More...

A Grand Canyon National Park ranger explaining the tasks to becoming a junior ranger. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

We’re just getting started! Let’s take a look back, and also look ahead to 100 more years. Read More...

Dave Uberuaga, former Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park. Photo courtesy of NPS

NPS Centennial Q & A with Dave Uberuaga

August 25, 2016 marks the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. We asked Dave Uberuago, former Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent to look back and also look forward to the next 100 years. What stories from the grand canyon’s past most resonate with you? One of the more emotional settings for me is to recognize that Read More...

The view from your tent at Fence Post on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

Grand Canyon North Rim Trip Logistics

This side of the national park only has full services between mid-May through mid-October. It is 1,500 feet higher than the South Rim and has snowy winters. Read More...

South Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by NPS

Visit a National Park for Free During National Park Week

On April 16-24, 2016, leave your wallet at home and get into a national park or monument for free. Read More...

Havasu Falls Waterfall in the Grand Canyon Aerial Shot

Grand Canyon Tusayan Development Rejected

March 4, 2016: The U.S. Forest Service rejected a proposal that would have transformed the small town of Tusayan, a 2-minute drive from the Grand Canyon. Read More...

The Grand Canyon Railroad's steam engine number 4960. Courtesy photo

Race: Man vs. Grand Canyon Train

Sept 26, 2015: 260 bike riders and the Grand Canyon Railroad’s steam-powered train challenged each other to a race from Tusuyan, to Route 66 at Williams, Arizona. Read More...

Kid in the Grand Canyon looking through a telescope

4th Graders Can Visit Parks Free For a Year

Students in the 4th grade can get a free annual entry pass for their family to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. Read More...

View of the Grand Canyon from space. Photo still taken by Samsung Galaxy Note II phone. Credit Bryan Chan, Ved Chirayath, Ashish Goel, Tyler Reid, Paul Tarantino

2 Years Later, Students Find Balloon Camera near Grand Canyon

In a twist of ironic fate, a hiker who works at AT&T spotted our phone in the barren desert. We got the footage and data a few weeks later! Read More...

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Why Do We Flood the Grand Canyon?

The Depart of Interior forces 500,000 tons of sediment downstream, to create back eddies and beaches, crucial to native fish species, campers and rafters. Read More...

Frozen Bike Example. Photo courtesy of Visit Flagstaff

Flagstaff Puts Frozen Block Art in Phoenix July 3-4, 2015

Things encased in 300 pound blocks of ice will appear at 8 Phoenix valley locations, July 3 and 4. Read More...

3D Map of Deaths in the Grand Canyon by Kenneth Field and Damien Saunder

770 Deaths in the Grand Canyon Mapped

Inspired by the book, Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon, Kenneth Field and Damien Saunder created a map of more than 770 unfortunate events. Read More...

Rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Rafters Discover Airplane Wreckage

Colorado River rafters went on a hike in search of old mining equipment. What they found instead was a heavily-damaged airplane wedged between two boulders. Read More...

Grand Canyon Watchtower Interior. Photo by Whit Richardson

Good Riddance to the Grand Canyon Watchtower Gift Shop

This historic 1932 building on the South Rim was owned by Xanterra, a hotel and restaurant concessionaire. The park brought it back on January 1, 2015 Read More...

View from Yavapai Point in the Grand Canyon

Look at the Grand Canyon to Live Longer

Even if you don’t hike the trails or bike Hermit’s Road, the act of looking at the Grand Canyon can lengthen your life. Read More...

Temperature Inversion Fog. NP Photo by Erin Whittaker

Grand Canyon Filled with Clouds – Temperature Inversion

The canyon sometimes gets fog called “temperature inversion” when warm air sits on top of cold air. A partial inversion occurs a couple times each year, usually in winter. Total inversions are rare. Read More...

A new species of cave-adapted pseudoscorpion, Hesperochernes bradybaughi. Photo courtesy of J. Judson Wynne, Northern Arizona University

Two New Species Found in Grand Canyon Cave

In a cave on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, never-before-seen creatures were found that resembled scorpions. They had no eyes and no stingers. Read More...

Gray wolf in the Grand Canyon. Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

1st Wolf in Grand Canyon in 70 Years – Killed

A hunter shot the radio-collared wolf in southern Utah mistaking it for a coyote. Utah offers a $50 bounty for the killing of coyotes. Read More...

Elk at the South Kaibab water filling station. Photo by NPS Brandon Holton, Wildlife Biologist with the Science and Resource Management at the at the Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Elk Outsmart Water Faucets

October 10, 2014: Elk have learned to turn on the water at Grand Canyon filling stations. They simply lift the spring-loaded lever and help themselves to a drink. Read More...

Grand Canyon Stamp courtesy of the U.S. Post Office

Post Office Issues Grand Canyon Stamp

August, 2014: 19th century painters of the Hudson River School are honored on the latest issue of American Treasures stamps. Thomas Moran’s 1912 painting of the Grand Canyon is one of four in the set. Read More...

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Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim groups will now need a permit

August, 2014: Special Use Permits from the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon will now be required for all rim-to-rim, non-commercial groups. Read More...

Illustration of proposed gondola tramway and riverwalk. Click on image to see more rendering at grandcanyonescalade.com

Plans for Grand Canyon Gondola Tramway & Resort

In what’s being called the Grand Canyon Escalade project, developers are hoping to build a cable-car that would transport tourists from the top of the Grand Canyon’s rim to its bottom, where a newly built river walk and resort area would await. Read More...

Diamond Bar Road to Grand Canyon Skywalk. Road photo courtesy Hualapai Facebook page.

Skywalk’s Bumpy Toll Road Now Free and Paved

The trip to Grand Canyon West’s famous glass bridge used to be a hazardous one. Now, the final 9 miles of Diamond Bar Road is paved with no “rancher” toll Read More...

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Feds Say No to Wolves in the Grand Canyon

One major region targeted by scientists and naturalists to repopulate with wolves is the Grand Canyon Ecoregion. But recently, the Feds said no to wolves north of Hwy 40 near Flagstaff, Arizona. Read More...

Bison crossing the road near Vermillion Cliffs in Arizona

Beefalo Experiment Gone Wrong

What do you get when you cross a bison with beef cattle? Something that is wrecking havoc in the Grand Canyon area. Read More...

Grand Canyon Parashant International Night Sky Province

Grand Canyon-Parashant Designated Flawless Skies

The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument has been awarded international “Night Sky Province” status for its unspoiled quality of its pristine and breathtaking night skies. Read More...

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Grand Canyon Town’s Big Plans Don’t Include Water

Tusayan is a great place to stop, shop, eat and stay while visiting the Grand Canyon. Visit the National Geographic Visitor Center and IMAX theater. Read More...

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flights. Photo by Gary Bembridge Flickr

More Flights Allowed Over Grand Canyon

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that more air tour operators will be able to fly over Grand Canyon National Park as long as they’re using quiet technology. Read More...

The lawn at El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon Village. Photo by Whit Richardson

When is a Lawn Dangerous? Replanting the Grand Canyon

The National Park Service is removing the non-native grasses planted in the 1960s and 1970s to reduce water use and discourage non-native elk from grazing. Read More...