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Grand Canyon Government Shutdown

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Grand Canyon Government Shutdown

UPDATED 1/29/2019

The Grand Canyon National Park is open and resuming normal operation as of now.  Some services may have a slight delay in gaining full functionality.

Bulletin from the Grand Canyon NPS: “Following the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Grand Canyon National Park will resume regular operations this week, including opening visitor centers, offering ranger programs, opening permit offices, and collecting fees at entrance stations. Please visit for updated information about the park.”

Canyon Ministries wishes to thank all the NPS workers and concessionaire employees for their hard work and patience during the government shutdown, and a special thanks to law enforcement and emergency responders who continued to serve the Grand Canyon National Park during this time. 

When you stop by the entrance booth or see a ranger, make sure to tell them “Thanks!”



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During this time of the partial government shutdown the Grand Canyon National Park had remained open, thanks in large part to the state of Arizona footing the bill to keep things open and functionally operating. 

As of 1/13/2019 NPS officials are now using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to keep the park open for usage. The latest operational status we are aware of can be seen below:

We are still performing all our tours as regularly scheduled.


There are a few things to note during the partial government shutdown however:

  • There are no entrance fees being collected at the gate, but there is now NPS workers at the booths for information and assistance.

  • There are no Park Ranger programs being conducted throughout the park, although there are law enforcement rangers on duty.

  • Trails within the park, including the corridor trails of Bright Angel, South Kaibab, Grandview, and Tanner remain open. 

  • Snow accumulation may close the west end of the park via Hermit Road and Hermit Trail access.

  • No new back-country or overnight hiking permits are being issued.  Ones already issued will remain valid.

  • Most National Park Service buildings, including the Visitor Center, remain closed in compliance with the shutdown.

  • The Desert View Watchtower main Kiva room is open and staffed by the Grand Canyon Conservancy, but the tower itself is closed.

  • Most other concessionaire-run stores and buildings are open, including the visitor center bookstore and Bright Angel Bicycles & Coffee Shop.

  • Park lodges, hotels, and eating establishments by Xanterra and Delaware North are open, including Bright Angel, El Tovar, Thunderbird, Kachina, Maswik, and Yavapai lodges.

  • The Grand Canyon Railway is still operating and bringing people from Williams into the park via train.

  • Snow removal along most roads is being performed as winter storms roll in, but there are some areas which are not plowed.  Please drive, park, and walk with caution.

  • Most restrooms are open, accessible, and are being maintained as normal.


Winter can be a spectacular time to see the Grand Canyon. 
Come join us on a Morning, Sunset, or Full Day tour, and see the canyon at its most pristine!