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Grand Canyon Association, the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, has a new name — Grand Canyon Conservancy.
With the 2019 Centennial celebration of Grand Canyon National Park on the horizon, Grand Canyon Conservancy (formerly Grand Canyon Association) and Grand Canyon National Park have announced a calendar of events for the year.
More people visited Arizona last year than ever before and spent record amounts of money according to research released July 25 by the Arizona Office of Tourism.
During peak visiting season, lines at the Grand Canyon National Park entrance gate can become frustratingly long as visitors pay their entrance fees.
With fire restrictions in effect across much of northern Arizona, including Grand Canyon National Park’s neighbors Coconino County, Arizona state lands in the county, and the Kaibab National Forest, NPS fire managers remind visitors and residents that fire danger in the park is very high.
A National Park Service report shows that more than 6.2 million recreational visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2017 spent $667 million in communities near the park.
More than 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year, but only a tiny fraction were people of color.
President Donald Trump released the proposed 2019 budget Feb. 12. The proposal contains a 15 percent cut to the Department of the Interior, which houses the National Park Service.
After a brief shutdown lasting into the early morning hours Feb. 9, Congress passed a budget that will keep the government funded for another two years.
A government shutdown over the weekend of Jan. 19 - 23 may have rattled some business owners in communities near national parks, but the Grand Canyon community fended off potential setbacks and saw little disruption to business as usual.
With a deal to fund the government in sight, Grand Canyon National Park resumed normal operations Jan. 23, four days after the Jan. 19 deadline to pass a budget failed to get any traction.