Grand Canyon National Park opens for Memorial Day weekend
Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim will be open May 22-25 for limited entry and recreational access. The South entrance will be open from 4-10 a.m. for visitors to enter the park. The entrance will close at 10 a.m. and visitors already inside the park can remain for day use access until sunset.
Entrances fees should be paid at automated fee machines or by purchasing a pass in advance at third-party vendors or online. The following areas and services will be open for visitors:
- Day hiking on inner canyon trails.
- Limited food and beverage services at Market Plaza, Bright Angel Bicycles, El Tovar patio, and near hotels.
- Bicycle and wheelchair rentals at Bright Angel Bicycles.
- The Rim Trail and Greenway Trail system located outside of the residential area.
- East Desert View Drive is open until Navajo Point, where vehicles will turnaround.
With public health in mind, the following facilities and areas remain closed at this time:
- The East entrance on the South Rim and the Desert View Watchtower area.
- Visitor centers, museums, and shuttle buses.
- Lodging, restaurants, campgrounds on the rim, camper services and trailer village.
- Center Road and access through the South Rim residential housing area.
- The Colorado River, North Rim and Tuweep area.
Existing backcountry permits for hikers camping overnight will be honored; however, no new overnight camping permits for the inner canyon will be issued. When hiking below the rim, a method to treat water should be included with gear. Check for park water station updates here.
Visitors driving on U.S. Route 89 between Flagstaff or northern Arizona and Cameron will be traveling through the Navajo Nation, which requires face masks to be worn at public facilities and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. The CDC offers additional guidelines for safely enjoying outdoor activities.