by Meteor Staff
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Flagstaff The National Park Service (NPS) announced the closing of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). Beginning immediately GCNP is closed to the public. According to acting Superintendent Mary Risser, the decision was made after she received a letter today from the Health and Human Services Director and Chief Health Officer for Coconino County recommending the full closure of Grand Canyon National Park.
Upon receiving this request from the local health department, acting Superintendent Mary Risser, with the support of the NPS Deputy Director, Operations, David Vela and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, made the decision to immediately close the park until further notice.
The Coconino County Board of Supervisors, citing “safety and health of Coconino County healthcare providers, residents and visitors,” issued a statement on March 26 calling on the Park to close.
“The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service will continue to follow the guidance of state and local health officials in making determinations about our operations,” Secretary Bernhardt said. “As soon as we received the letter from the Health and Human Services Director and Chief Health Officer for Coconino County recommending the closure of Grand Canyon National Park, we closed the park.”
The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Grand Canyon National Park, including: The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Grand Canyon National Park, including: webcams, virtual tours, photo galleries, mobile app, videos, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Information regarding rescheduling backcountry reservations can be done by contacting e-mail us. Please visit www.nps.gov/grca for specific details about park operations. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.