Grand Canyon to transition to winter operations Tuesday

Nov 27, 2020, 6:30 AM

(Twitter Photo/Grand Canyon NPS)...

(Twitter Photo/Grand Canyon NPS)

(Twitter Photo/Grand Canyon NPS)

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon National Park will shift to winter operations Tuesday, according to a press release.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon will be closed to all vehicle traffic starting Tuesday. It’s expected to re-open for the 2021 season on May 15.

The North Rim campground will remain open for winter camping but visitors are required to obtain a backcountry permit. The campground is only accessible by hiking inner canyon trails from the South Rim or by hiking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing 45 miles from Jacob Lake.

Meanwhile, the Mather campground will not have online reservations for the months of December, January and February. Campground spaces will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and visitors can pay at an automated fee station near the campground entrance.

The majority park shuttle buses will continue to run with some modifications.

The Hermit Road will open to private vehicle with the shuttle route being suspended for the season. Other shuttles that make stops at places like Bright Angel Lodge, Backcountry Office, the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and the South Kaibab Trailhead will remain open. More information about shuttle times can be found on the park’s website.

Visitors are asked to plan ahead and anticipate temporary road closures and poor driving conditions whenever winter storms pass through the area. They’re also encouraged to pack emergency supplies like blankets, flashlights and food in cars.

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Grand Canyon to transition to winter operations Tuesday