Holiday weekend brings huge crowds to the Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon is expected to be very crowded for the Easter weekend (Source: National Park Service) The Grand Canyon is expected to be very crowded for the Easter weekend (Source: National Park Service)

The holiday weekend is bringing increased traffic and wait times for Grand Canyon National Park visitors.

The National Park Service tweeted out an image displaying the huge lines of vehicles waiting to enter the park.

Vacationers who plan to visit the Grand Canyon should prepare for the heightened level of traffic.

According to National Park Services, during Spring Break, “traffic regularly backs up at the South Rim 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.”

The Grand Canyon is also undergoing construction on the Grand Canyon Village roads, and that will add to the congestion.

Park officials urge motorists to stay alert and follow the detour signs, temporary stop lights and other traffic control signs. GPS units are not considered reliable in helping to avoid the construction but people can check construction delays online.

[RELATED: Shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon and Tusayan begin March 1]

The park has started up two more shuttles to help decrease traffic: 

- The Tusayan (Purple) Route

-The Hermits Rest (Red) Route

The Tusayan Route shuttle bus route began March 1 and helps visitors who want to avoid congestion, construction and parking woes by allowing them to park in the gateway community of Tusayan and ride the shuttle Grand Canyon National Park. A valid park pass- available at several Tusayan locations- is required to ride the Tusayan Route.

The Hermits Rest (Red) Route shuttle bus also began March 1 and allows visitors to enjoy the scenic viewpoints of Hermit Road by connecting from the Village (Blue) Route shuttle bus.

Other shuttles offered by the park include: 

-The Village (Blue) Route

-Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route

-Hikers' Express Shuttle

Visitors can get more information about bus and shuttles at the National Park Services website.

Grand Canyon National Park also wants to remind visitors to take safety precautions while at the park.

“Prepare for your hike ahead of time, visit the Backcountry Office, and know yours and your group's abilities. If you plan to travel with a pet, please know which trails are pet-friendly and use the South Rim Kennel instead of leaving your furry loved one in a car. Remember to lock your vehicle and secure all valuables. Don't forget to pack your hoodies and beanies!” said NPS. 

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