For park-loving astronomers, the Southwest is the place to be at the beginning of next month. Grand Canyon National Park will host its 26th annual Star Party on both rims June 4-11. But before that, just to the north, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah will celebrate the stars June 1-4 during its 16th annual Astronomy Festival.
Grand Canyon National Park
During the day, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park look down into the vast, colorful chasm. At night, however, the park is an ideal location to look up and take in the night sky. The 26th annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held June 4-11 on the South and North rims of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park over Memorial Day weekend can expect long lines, crowds, and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon’s visitation hit an all-time high and the park is already seeing an increase over last year’s numbers. The park anticipates a busier-than-normal holiday weekend.
Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, who has shouldered responsibility for not acting more aggressively in response to long-running allegations of sexual harassment in the park, has announced his retirement rather than accept a move to the National Park Service's Washington headquarters.
We stand on the cusp of the National Park Service’s second century, at an intersection of retrospection and promise. It’s the perfect point from which to look back on the first 100 years of the management of the world’s greatest park system, and to examine how it can be improved moving forward into the future.
After significant increases in visitors and shuttle ridership in 2015, free bus service to Grand Canyon National Park from nearby Tusayan, Arizona, will run an additional five weeks this year, starting May 7.
This year’s season at the North Rim will run five months, as Grand Canyon National Park will open the entrance at 7:30 a.m. May 15, with all services operating through Oct. 15.
Amid all the hoopla, celebration, and excitement surrounding the National Park Service's 100th birthday this year, one fact is inescapable: Lodging in the parks this summer will be hard to find. But...it won't be impossible to find.
Three months past the public notice that a sordid chapter of sexual harassment pervaded Grand Canyon National Park’s Inner Gorge, the National Park Service has largely been silent on exactly how it will address the issue.
Six years after National Park Service officials set aspirational goals to reduce plastic waste across the park system by installing water-filling stations for the public, the agency has fallen far short of its hopes.green_parks_strategic_plan_04.12.10.pdf