GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park has closed US Highway 64 within the park boundary. Beginning at 8 a.m. yesterday, visitors planning on using Highway 64 are advised to make alternate plans for traveling between the towns of Tusayan and Cameron.
Grand Canyon National Park, like all 401 National Park Service units, closed the park on October 1 as the result of the government shutdown. Highway 64 initially remained open for thru traffic and all overlooks and pull-outs were closed to the public as part of the park closure.
While the two-lane highway remained open many visitors ignored the park closure order and removed barricades at overlooks and pullouts, parked cars, tour buses, and RVs along both sides of the highway and in the middle of the roadway, completed dangerous U-turns, and pedestrians ran across the road in front of moving traffic causing several near misses.
Highway 64 is now closed to all nonresident traffic for the safety and protection of travelers, staff and the resource.
Submitted by: Grand Canyon National Park Public Affairs Office