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Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center reopens

The Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center opened May 6. The center closed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo/NPS)

The Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center opened May 6. The center closed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo/NPS)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — A year after closing its doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Office has reopened as of May 6.

“As you are aware, our doors have been closed for a long time,” said Grand Canyon National Park officials. “Our staff is looking forward to interacting with you in person again and helping you plan for a safe backcountry hiking experience.”

Currrently, the center is working on a take-a-number ticket system to limit the number of visitors inside the lobby area. The ticket number dispenser is located outside the front door of the Backcountry Information Center. Only visitors currently being assisted by a ranger are allowed inside. All visitors must wear a face mask/covering.

Hours of operation will be the same as before the pandemic closure: 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m.

COVID-19 safety protocols remain in place, including masks, plexiglass at the desk, ticketed entry, cleaning schedules and physical distancing.

More information is available at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm.

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