Grand Canyon South Rim re-opens

Under a deal between state and federal governments, limited areas of national parks have re-opened including portions of the Grand Canyon.

President Obama’s administration has OK’d the re-opening with the caveat that the states must pay for the operation of the parks.

Arizona has agreed to pay $651,000 to re-open the Grand Canyon for seven days. The South Rim re-opened on Saturday and will remain open through Saturday, Oct. 19 under the agreement. The West Rim, which is on Hualapai Tribe land, has been open throughout the federal shutdown. Additionally, air tours of the Grand Canyon were unaffected and have continued throughout the shutdown.

Due to budgetary constraints, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said the state would be unable to fund the re-opening of any National Parks in Nevada. Red Rock National Conservation Area and Lake Mead will remain closed at this time.

If you purchased your tour from, call (866) 983-4279 to check on your tour status.

Here’s a status list of what is open and closed near Las Vegas:

Hoover Dam (Open)
The  Hoover Dam Visitor’s Center is open  and the  30-minute guided power plant tours are operating since it is funded by customer ticket sales rather than the federal budget.

Grand Canyon (Open)
The South Rim re-opened on Saturday and will remain open through Saturday, Oct. 19. The West Rim has been open throughout the government shutdown because it is  managed by the Hualapai Tribe and is not federal land.

Valley of Fire (Open)
If you’re really in need of a red rock fix, we suggest Valley of Fire, which is a state park and therefore remains open. Located 50 miles north of the city, Valley of Fire features fiery red sandstone rock formations, Native American sketches, springs and some of the southwest’s most amazing scenery.

Zion (Open)
The Utah state government has paid to keep Zion, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and other select parks open through Oct. 20.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (Closed)
Although you can drive along Interstate 159 between Blue Diamond and Charleston Blvd. and enjoy some beautiful scenery, you won’t be able to enter and drive along the 13-mile scenic loop that leads you to the Visitor’s Center, recreation areas or trails.

Lake Mead (Closed)
The marinas and Visitor’s Center at Lake Mead are closed.

Death Valley (Closed)
Death Valley, including Scotty’s Castle and Furnace Creek, are closed but the highway through Death Valley remains open.


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