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Today, October 16, 2018, the North Rim of the Park is closing some facilities for the winter. . On October 16, Grand Canyon Lodge, lodge food services, the general store, Canyon Trail Rides, and park ranger programs will close for the winter. . Between October 16 and October 31, the North Rim Campground remains open with limited services. The Visitor Center, lodge gift shop, and entrance station will remain open for visitor use. Gas and diesel fuel will be available with a credit card. . If visiting the North Rim after October 15, please plan ahead and prepare your food and water for the day. Purchasing these items will be extremely difficult on site. Prepare for winter travel with sudden and adverse driving conditions on Highway 67 and throughout the park. Snow, ice or rain can be encountered during this time. . Between November 1st and December 1st, the North Rim is open for "dawn to dusk" day use with limited services. However, if snow closes highway 67 before December 1, the park will also close. . On December 1, Highway 67 is closed, and park roads are also closed. Even though it is not possible to drive vehicles to the North Rim, hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers are able to enter the North Rim of the park through the winter months, provided backcountry permits have been obtained. Personal snowmobiles are not permitted inside the park. . Backcountry permits are available through the Backcountry Information Center (928-638-7875) and at the Visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument located in Fredonia, Arizona.. . #GrandCanyon #Arizona #Nature #NorthRim #Sunrise #EndOfSeason . [Image description: reddish sunrise light illuminating a variety of cliffs and peaks rising up within a vast canyon landscape.] Photo location, near Cape Final. Photo courtesy of Steve Bridgehouse.
Considering a Winter Visit to Grand Canyon? Here are some things you need to know: . [Image description: Looking down on a snow covered village with just a few buildings visible. Steep cliffs with snow-covered slopes and trees. Snow clouds are beginning to lift to reveal more of the landscape] NPS/M.Quinn
Good morning from Grand Canyon on this Sunday, October 14, 2018. The day started with light rain showers - however we’re expecting a mostly sunny afternoon, with a high near 51 F. - and west winds of 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%. -mq [Image description: standing on a limestone ledge at the edge of a cliff with two pine trees in foreground right. In the distance, the light of sunrise is illuminating the top of a butte with orange light.]
“Once in a lifetime, if one is lucky, one so merges with sunlight and air and running water that whole eons, the eons that mountains and deserts know, might pass in a single afternoon without discomfort." - Loren Eisley . Thunderstorm across the canyon this evening, Saturday, October 13, 2018. #Sunset #GrandCanyon #Primeval #Weather #AZWX #Arizona #Nature #stormy -mq . [Image description: just after sunset a thick layer of storm clouds is tinged with shades of pink and blue. A bolt of lightning brightens a canyon landscape that is becoming engulfed by darkness.]
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ― Anita Desai . #GrandCanyon #FridayFeeling #Arizona #R2R #R2R2R #Geology #Hiking #Running [Image description, a Backcountry trail partially in shadow, meanders along the edge of a small riparian creek. In the foreground and distance, jagged cliffs rise from a canyon floor.] Photo NPS/GRCA BIC (Location: North Kaibab Trail along Bright Angel Creek.)
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus. . Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim will be closing for the winter on October 15. The North Rim Campground Closes on October 31. More about North Rim closing schedule and day-use: . Image description 1) autumn. a gray and blue hexagonal tent in a campsite below yellow aspen trees. 2) Yellow, and brilliant orange aspen trees standing in front of green fir trees on the edge of a meadow. -mq
> < Guided Hikes (2019 Schedule) Learn geology, cultural and natural history of #GrandCanyon through hiking trips, & educational tours with geologists, historians, ecologists, and archaeologists. #Arizona #Hiking #Backpacking #Camping #Learning #Adventure . [Image description: on a backcountry trail, a group of hikers is descending into a vast desert landscape. In the distance, towering cliffs and peaks.] Photo courtesy of Mike Buchheit. Location: South Kaibab Trail.
Good Morning from Grand Canyon National Park on this Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The Battleship (right of center) is in the spotlight this morning as fast moving clouds conceal the North Rim. #RightNow #GrandCanyon #Arizona #Sunrise #October . [Image description: a deeply shadowed canyon landscape with the only light striking a butte and nearby cliff in the foreground. Dramatic clouds are in the blue sky overhead.]
Is your group crossing Grand Canyon this month? Going R2R? Everyone moves at different speeds. Have planned meeting points and a designated leader and a sweeper to help keep your group together. #GrandCanyon #R2R #R2R2R #Arizona #Running #Hiking #Trail . . [Image description: an unpaved trail with colorful stratified cliffs in the distance.] NPS/photo - Location: view north of Indian Garden on Bright Angel Trail.
“ Native people are still here physically, and so Grand Canyon has meaning for American Indians every day – when we say our prayers, sing our songs, and take part in our ceremonies. The foundation of our knowledge has a basis at Grand Canyon, and we maintain a modern day connection to the canyon. ” – LYLE BALENQUAH, Hopi tribal member. . [Image description: built under an overhang in the side of a cliff, an ancient masonry wall with four windows into small rooms for storing grain. In the distance, a muddy river flows beneath colorful cliffs and a partially cloudy, blue sky.] NPS/Mark Lellouch, Location: the granaries at Nankoweap, Colorado River Mile 53.
Right before sunset we watched this scary storm making it’s way across the canyon from the northwest. 10 minutes after this photo was taken, it started pouring. It rained for around two hours. Amazing! We’re expecting a 50% chance of storms tomorrow. #GrandCanyon #Arizona #winterscoming #Saturday #AZWX 5:30 pm, Saturday, October 6, 2018. The view is from Yavapai Point on the South Rim. NPS/M.Quinn . [Image description: threatening black and gray storm clouds on the horizon, advancing like a blanket towards canyon cliffs, buttes and ridgelines in the foreground.]
US Highway 89 has reopened between Cameron and US 160 after 48 hours! (For those of you planning to drive between the north and south rims of Grand Canyon this weekend.) . Grand Canyon National Park would like to thank Arizona Department of Transportation for working non-stop to get the flood damage to Highway 89 repaired. . Details here: . We would also like to thank the Navajo Division of Transportation, and the Hopi Department of Transportation for their assistance. -mq
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