SPOT – The Good, the Bad and the Silly Uses for Those High-Tech Communicators

SPOT
SPOT units are compact communication devices that can be used to summon help in event of an emergency in remote areas. SPOT can be a life-saving tool, but false alarms by inept users can also be a problem. Recent incidents in two parks illustrate the potential and the pitfalls of modern technology.

Grand Canyon National Park Crews Installing, Ahem, New Vault Toilets on South Rim

Call it a slow news day, but those heeding the call of nature no doubt will be pleased to hear that new vault toilets are being installed along Desert View Drive on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. And the restrooms at Desert View are being renovated as well!

National Park Quiz 69: Camping

Camping in the national parks is a lot of fun, and so is this quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain the modern-day appeal of backcountry camping in the context of the classic three-stage Pastoral Retreat model elucidated by literary historian Leo Marx.

Body Thought To Be That of Missing Hiker Found in Grand Canyon National Park

A body believed to be that of a missing North Carolina man was retrieved from Grand Canyon National Park on Wednesday.

Still No Signs of Missing Hiker in Grand Canyon National Park

A slow, methodical search of the canyon-riddled backcountry in Grand Canyon National Park continues to come up empty in the search for a 43-year-old North Carolina man thought to have descended below the South Rim around August 31.

By the Numbers: Grand Canyon National Park

Extraordinary parks tend to generate extraordinary numbers, and Grand Canyon is no exception.

Updated: Search Continues for Missing Hiker at Grand Canyon National Park

Missing man photo.
Additional resources have been added in the search for a 43-year-old North Carolina man thought to be missing at Grand Canyon National Park. Park officials are seeking the assistance of anyone who has visited the park within the last week and might have information on his whereabouts.

Traffic Changes This Week at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Aerial view of Mather Point
Work is underway at Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim to help ease traffic congestion, but "progress" will mean a detour and parking changes for the next few days. Here's what you need to know if you're visiting the South Rim this week.

Search Under Way for Missing Hiker in Grand Canyon National Park

A search was under way Sunday for a 43-year-old North Carolina man thought to be missing in the Grand Canyon National Park.

On Canyoneering, Politics, and Teens Studying Climate Change in the National Parks

Slipping from the top of the arch into the abyss below was a difficult move that rattled my psyche. Even though the sandstone band I was perched on was not much more than 4 feet wide, it was stable. Putting my faith into the rope cinched to my climbing harness and dropping into the 100-foot void went completely against my desire for self-preservation.