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Chamber of Commerce News Release: Tusayan Businesses Open during Grand Canyon National Park’s Limited Opening May 22 – May 25 (Memorial Weekend)

May 21, 2020

 (GRAND CANYON/TUSAYAN, Ariz.) Today, Grand Canyon National Park announced another limited reopening at the South Rim through the Town of Tusayan (HWY 64 from the South).  There will be better access this weekend but still limited services within the Park boundaries. However, many of the local businesses in the Town of Tusayan, located 1-mile from the entrance station, will be open for business. National Park Service will be requiring entrance fees this weekend.  Park passes can be purchased online or at the Grand Canyon Chamber & Visitor Center, Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX or at Westwind Air Service. 


“Tusayan businesses are ready for you to come back.  We are following CDC Guidelines and Governors Orders to create a safe and healthy experience for our residents and visitors” said Mayor Sanderson.  The Town of Tusayan has secured masks, gloves, no-touch thermometers, disinfectant, and hand sanitizer for all the Tusayan businesses.  Each business has put in place COVID-19 safety measures for their staff and visitors (#GrandPromise - see below).


There are five Tusayan hotels open, Grand Canyon Premier Best Western Squire Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Red Feather Lodge and 7 Mile Lodge.  Grand Canyon Camper Village which offers RV sites will also be open as well as Ten-X Campground.  Local Tusayan restaurants are open, Plaza Bonita, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX Pizza Hut and the Tusayan General Store.  Inside the park Market Plaza, El Tovar Patio and Bright Angel Bicycles.  Currently, tours are available at Papillon Helicopter, Maverick Helicopter, Westwind Airlines, Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Jeep Tour & Safari (Kaibab Forest – Indian Painting) and skydiving with Paragon Skydive.  The IMAX in Tusayan will also be open from 9 am – 8 pm with show times on the half hour.


The National Park Service has created a Social Distancing “soft opening.”  Access into the Park is only from 4 am – 10 am.  Once you are in you can stay for the day. “If you want to get away for Memorial Weekend come to Tusayan where you can spend the night, catch sunset, stare at the stars and get up early to see a Grand sunrise. Enjoy a meal out and take a tour.  We want you to still social distance but with more trails open in Grand Canyon and multiple trails available in the Kaibab National Forest we think you can easily do it all.” Said Laura Chastain, Grand Canyon Chamber General Manager.


The Grand Canyon Chamber & Visitor Center will be open limited hours 7 am – 12 pm to answer questions.  Visit or call 520-329-1889 for additional information.