Select viewpoints at Grand Canyon’s South Rim to reopen this week
PHOENIX — The National Park Service announced Wednesday that select viewpoints at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon will begin to reopen later this week.
Viewpoints at Pipe Creek Vista, Shoshone Point, Twin Overlooks, Duck on a Rock, Thor’s Hammer, No Name Point and Navajo Point along East Desert View Drive will be open for limited day use starting Friday.
Picnic areas at Shoshone Point Pavilion, east of Yaki Road, Thor’s Hammer and Buggeln Picnic will also reopen.
The South Rim entrance at the Grand Canyon will allow visitors to enter between Friday and Monday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Visitors who enter the park can stay throughout the day, but overnight accommodations remain closed.
A full list of amenities that remain closed are available on the National Park Service’s website.
“This initial reopening phase will increase access to our public lands in a responsible way by offering the main feature of the park for the public, the view of the canyon, while reducing the potential exposure of COVID-19 to our nearly 2,500 residents,” Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Ed Keable said in a press release.
NPS said it will continue to monitor when it is appropriate to reopen more facilities and access points at the Grand Canyon.
The national park closed in early April because of the coronavirus outbreak.