Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park Officials Release Stock Use Plan, Including Mule Ride Quotas

While mule rides will continue at Grand Canyon National Park under a new stock use plan, only 10 visitors a day will be allowed to ride below the South Rim, a decision lamented by some who say it will deprive many of venturing into the canyon's Inner Gorge.

Updated: Kayaker Fails To Navigate Colorado River Rapid In Grand Canyon National Park

A kayaker on a private river trip down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park failed to successfully navigate a rapid and was pronounced dead after efforts to revive him failed.

Progress Continuing On Visitor Services Improvements on South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Better transportation, parking, and picnicking are among the improvements recently completed on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

What Are The Top Issues Confronting The National Park System?

What are the top issues confronting the National Park System? A slew of answers could be tacked onto that question, ranging from sprawl outside park boundaries and habitat fragmentation to pollution.

Grand Canyon National Park Officials Point To Accomplishments in 2009, 2010

From building restoration work and trail improvements to additional visitor facilities and improved employee housing, much has been accomplished at Grand Canyon National Park the past two years, according to park officials.

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Steve Martin Hanging Up His Hat

After 35 years with the National Park Service, Steve Martin has decided it's time to hang up his Stetson. The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has announced that he'll retire as of January 1.

National Parks On Average Are The Backdrops for 41 "Suicide Events" Annually

For an overwhelming majority of visitors, national parks offer spectacular vistas that provide surroundings perfect for enjoyment, contemplation, and relaxation. For a small, yet significant, number, though, the parks are where they decide to die.

Creature Feature: The Desert Tarantula Looks Big, Hairy, and Scary

The tarantula's fearsome appearance belies the fact that this docile, reclusive creature is nearly harmless.

Missing From the System? Tule Springs Harbors Ice Age Fossils In An Urban Setting

Not far from the bright lights and card tables of Las Vegas there's a stretch of desert so relished by developers that street names were attached to blueprints of suburbia. Now, though, that landscape and its unique collection of Ice Age fossils is being promoted as the country's next national monument.

Grand Canyon National Park's Watchtower Gets A Facelift

If you've never been to the East Entrance of Grand Canyon National Park, you owe yourself the trip. Naturally, the canyon from this South Rim vista is expansive, and there are wonderful views of the Painted Desert, too, but equally alluring is the Desert View Watchtower. This rustic edifice, built in 1932 by architect Mary Colter, sits hunched against the very rim of the canyon, a lonely outpost, built to be a place for contemplation.

Reader Participation Day: What is the Greatest Threat To Our National Parks?

It seems not a week goes by without some dire issue being identified as a threat to the national parks. One week it might be funding woes, another week pollution, another diversity concerns, and then, of course, there's climate change.

Lead-Tainted Carcasses and Gut Piles Pose Hazards for Endangered Condors

Lead bullets in carcasses and gut piles pose lethal poisoning hazards to carrion feeders. Among the creatures most at risk are the endangered California condors that frequent Grand Canyon National Park and other areas of Arizona and Utah.

Some Good Safety Tips To Keep in Mind While Visiting National Parks This Winter

Winter is one of the best times to enjoy our parks! With majestic, snow-capped mountains and ice-covered lakes, winter provides scenic splendors with an array of exciting activities. While visitation peaks in the summer, national parks receive millions of visitors throughout the winter months, who come to enjoy such activities as skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and hiking in the backcountry, and attending ranger-led programs.

Finding Winter Bliss in a National Park Lodge

Winter can be a blissful time to visit the national parks. You can head south, and enjoy the warm weather and simply pitch your tent, or you can head to the snow belt and explore the parks on skis or snowshoes. But where should you stay? We asked our lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, for their recommendations.

Grand Canyon National Park Crews Working on Making Abandoned Mines Safer

Old abandoned mines are perfect for bats, but they're not ideal for humans. To protect both, crews at Grand Canyon National Park are getting to work on installing bat gates and warning signs at some old mines within the park's borders.

Man's Body Found Floating In Colorado River At Grand Canyon National Park

An unidentified man's body has been found floating in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, according to park officials.

How To Land That National Park Job, For A Season or A Career

Curious about how to go about finding a job in a national park, one for either just a season or for a possible career? The following video explains the routes you can explore to find that job.

Arizona Man On River Trip Dies In Fall in Grand Canyon National Park

An Arizona man on a river trip through Grand Canyon National Park has been killed in a fall in the canyon's inner gorge.
Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America Long after his death we continue to celebrate the brilliance of Ansel Adams, who arguably defined landscape photography, often while working in national parks to capture the magnificence of nature.

NPCA Offers National Park Phone Apps ... For Free!

Add the National Parks Conservation Association to the number of organizations and developers offering a phone app to help you negotiate the national parks. A big difference here, though, is NPCA is giving its app away for free. Another is its emphasis on park wildlife and nature in general.

Reader Participation Day: Can We Afford to Save All Historic Lodges in National Parks?

Whether you hold a sentimental tie to national park lodgings, or look at them nostalgically, can we afford to hold onto all historic lodge facilities in the National Park System?

California Man Dies in Fall From South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park; Women Struck by Lightning

A California man apparently trying to leap from one outcrop to another on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park fell roughly 500 feet to his death, according to park officials.

Nature's Rock Stars in the Spotlight on National Fossil Day

Saber-tooth Cats, dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals will be among the star attractions during National Fossil Day. Activities are being held around the nation in this first ever event to focus on some interesting—and really old—stuff.

National Park Hospitality Association Wants More Lodging In The Parks

There are units of the National Park System, such as Canyonlands, North Cascades, and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, just to name three, that have little or no lodging within their borders. It's just such a lack of facilities, believes Derrick Crandall, that serves as a drag on visitation to the park system.
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Hiking Victim in Grand Canyon National Park Apparently Died From Heat

Grand Canyon National Park officials have identified a hiker who died in a remote area of the park as a 30-year-old Kansas man.

Time Running Out This Year For A Visit To Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim

Though Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim bears the bulk of the park's tourist traffic, the North Rim is truly sublime, with its pine forests, spectacular views, and fewer crowds. Sadly, time is running out for you to visit the North Rim this year.

Hiker's Body Recovered From Remote Area of Grand Canyon National Park

A man who hiked into a rugged area of Grand Canyon National Park with four friends only to head back early after feeling tired was later found dead just a short distance from a parking area.

Study Shows that Dirty Snow Reduces Colorado River Runoff

Human-produced dust, mostly from grazing and farming, settles on mountain snowpacks in the Upper Colorado River basin and significantly reduces runoff. Eliminating this "dirty snow" phenomenon, which impacts national parks as well as the regional economy, would require a huge reduction in soil-disturbing activities.

Reader Participation Day: Help Us Name the Best Adventures In the National Park System, Lower 48 Edition

What are the best adventures in the National Park System in the Lower 48? For sure, three weeks floating the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park has to be one, and climbing the Grand Teton in its namesake park is another. But then what?
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