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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

Park Highlights

Verkamp’s Visitor Center

In November 2009, the park opened the Verkamp’s Visitor Center in Grand Canyon Village. This facility had served as a family-run concessions operation for over 100 years. Through innovative management strategies, it was purchased by the National Park Service (NPS) to be converted to the first visitor center on the South Rim. Prior to the opening of this facility, the park had no permanent presence in the Village area

and was not able to serve the large number of visitors who, arriving in the park by train, had limited opportunities to interact with park staff. In addition, park staff designed and oversaw the installation of new exhibits on the history of Grand Canyon National Park -- an opportunity to tell a little-known story of the park’s history. Through an excellent partnership these exhibits were funded by the Grand Canyon Association.

Verkamp’s Visitor Center. NPS photo

This rim-side visitor center occupies one of the oldest buildings in Grand Canyon Village. Operated as a curio shop for more than 100 years by the Verkamp family, the building now features displays on the history of the South Rim and houses a Grand Canyon Association bookstore.

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