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Expect Long Lines, Full Parking Lots, Plenty of Fun At Grand Canyon This Spring


Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park this spring break can expect long lines and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon's visitation hit an all-time high. Based on visitors coming to the park this spring, 2016 will probably set another record.

As a result of increased spring break visitation, traffic regularly backs up at all entrance stations, with the longest wait time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Parking lots, especially near Grand Canyon Visitor Center, start reaching capacity by 11 a.m.

Arrive Early

"Warm sunny weather, low gas prices, and the National Park Service's Centennial year make Grand Canyon a perfect spring break destination," said Fee Business Manager Marlon Avantyr. He added, "There's no reason not to expect more visitors this year than ever before."

Avantyr and other park staff encourage visitors to arrive to the park early, take advantage of the free shuttle bus system, and consider parking in Lot D at the Backcountry Office or parking lot C on Center Road.

Kid's Ranger-Led Day Camp

Once in the park, visitors have many opportunities to experience Grand Canyon and learn about its natural and cultural history. Kids age 7-12 even have a chance to attend a ranger-led day camp weekend this spring. The remaining camp is April 8-9; parents can drop their children off at park headquarters for a day full of games, discovery, and activities with park rangers. To register for this free program, call 928-638-7924 or visit

Meet The Neighbors

Grand Canyon's visitors are also encouraged to explore neighboring national parks and monuments, such as Petrified Forest National Park and Wupatki National Monument to help celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service. A helpful trip-planning tool, has a list of park sites, experiences, events, and opportunities throughout Northern Arizona and across the country.

Have an unforgettable spring break by enjoying not only Grand Canyon, but all the national park sites that make Northern Arizona unique and extraordinary!

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at


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