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North Rim now open for 2020 season

Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim structural firefighting team completes training in fire operations including engine response, hose lays and vehicle extrication techniques in preparation for the North Rim's seasonal opening June 5. (Photo by North Rim EMS volunteer Lori Derr)

Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim structural firefighting team completes training in fire operations including engine response, hose lays and vehicle extrication techniques in preparation for the North Rim's seasonal opening June 5. (Photo by North Rim EMS volunteer Lori Derr)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — On June 5, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park officially opened for day use.

During winter months, the North Rim closes because of snow, typically reopening around Memorial Day weekend. This year, the park was closed in April because of concerns of the spread of the coronavirus.

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Firefighter uses hand tools to open door during vehicle extrication training on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. (Photo by North Rim EMS volunteer Lori Derr)

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Firefighter uses a hydraulic spreader to remove rear door during vehicle extrication training on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. (Photo by North Rim EMS volunteer Lori Derr)

On May 15 the National Park Service (NPS) began a phased reopening of the park. The South Rim’s South Entrance is now open 24 hours a day along with some visitor services and overnight accomodations.

Lodging on the North Rim opens June 15 and the North Rim campground opens July 1, according to NPS. The campground will be

first-come first-served when it opens and payment by credit card only. Tuweep and the Tuweep Campground is open.

The General Store on the North Rim is also open and fuel is available with a credit card.

As of June 5, there have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 between Grand Canyon Village and Tusayan on the South Rim.

NPS stated that it is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Grand Canyon has slowly increasing recreational access, including river trips.

Phased reopening of Colorado River rafting trips

Beginning June 14, Grand Canyon will initiate a phased reopening of Colorado River commercial and noncommercial trips.

Private, noncommercial river trips with current permits will be authorized to launch, and no new permits will be issued through the end of June.

Noncommercial river trips including administrative trips should contact the Grand Canyon River Permit Office at grca_riv@nps.gov for more information.

Commercial river trips will resume with implemented mitigation measures including modified passenger capacities for some launches, according to NPS. Customers should contact the commercial river companies for any potential impact to their trip.

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