Grand Canyon National Park

Dining At The Parks: High Desert Black Bean Burger With Sunflower Sauce

Stroll into a dining room just about anywhere in the Southwest and you'll find some entree that includes black beans. At the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim of the canyon they've found a way to get black beans into a burger.

New Interpretive Panels Explain Ancestral Puebloan Life at Grand Canyon

Hikers who reach the bottom of the "inner gorge" at Grand Canyon National Park can learn more about the ancient cultures that once lived there thanks to the addition of interpretive panels erected next to ruins near Phantom Ranch.

Reader Participation Survey: How Much Local Control Should Be Exerted Over National Parks?

Should there be more uniformity across the National Park System when it comes to regulations pertaining to such activities as air tours, mountain biking, and personal watercraft use, just to name three sensitive issues?

NPCA: Tell the Obama Administration That Clear Air And Clear Views Across National Parks are Vital

Debate over the country's energy needs, environmental conditions, and the resulting quality of life is not new. It's unending, ongoing, and downright rancorous at times. But does it need to be? With hazy views across spectacular parks in the Southwest, how can we turn that debate into solutions?
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country Though no doubt driven by marketing aspirations, the National Geographic Society has rereleased three books that will take you into the heart of some iconic national parks.

Botanists At Grand Canyon National Park Working to Bring Plant Back from the Brink

It's a tiny plant, one with a beautiful purple flower, and it just might be one that can be brought back from the brink of extinction.

Searchers Find Two Missing Grand Canyon Hikers

On Tuesday, searchers at Grand Canyon National Park located two overdue hikers. The two Kansas men, who were found in good condition, had been reported missing after failing to return March 20.

Sen. McCain Withdraws Air Tour Amendment For Grand Canyon National Park Overflights

Applause are being extended after Sen. John McCain withdrew an amendment that would have substantially redrawn the ground rules for Grand Canyon National Park overflight tours.

Search On For Overdue Hikers In Grand Canyon National Park

Rangers are looking for two 25-year-old men overdue from a backpacking trek in Grand Canyon National Park.

Sen. McCain Has Proposal For Air Tours Over Grand Canyon National Park, But is It A Good One?

During the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, Senator John McCain of Arizona was applauded by many as a friend of the national parks. However, some groups are now wondering why the senator is supporting legislation that would increase air tours over Grand Canyon National Park, an experience that offers many incredible views of the park and yet one that others criticize for the noisy intrusion on the park setting.
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How Might the National Park System Appear if Not for the Use of the Antiquities Act of 1906?

Devils Postpile National Monument, copyright Kurt Repanshek
If the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to set aside national monuments, had never been created, how might that have affected the National Park System as we see it today?

Grand Canyon National Park Officials Want To Keep Mule Rides in the Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park officials, who have been mulling the continued use of mule trips in the canyon, are supporting a plan that would allow 10,000 mules rides a year on the South Rim and as many as 8,000 on the North Rim.

Reader Participation Day: Where Are the Best Waterfalls In the National Park System?

Waterfall Ohe o Gorge, Haleakala National Park, copyright Q.T. Luong
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?

Stranded Rafters In Grand Canyon National Park Get Unexpected Helicopter Lift

A group of rafters heading down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park received an unexpected helicopter lift when their boat became stranded on a rock garden in the river near Crystal Rapid. This was no quick and easy rescue, though, as it took 14 rangers, with air support, more than a day to get the rafters heading back downstream.

The Grand Canyon: A Quick Peek

This short video gives you a quick overall of that hole in the ground known as the Grand Canyon.

Environmental Groups Ask Feds to Require Reduced Pollution from Four Corners Power Plant

Haze at Grand Canyon.
The effects of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area on national parks and residents of the region have been a point of contention between environmental groups and power companies for years. A coalition of groups has now asked federal agencies to require measures to reduce pollution from the Four Corners Power Plant.

Much-Needed Changes at Grand Canyon's Mather Point Start Next Month

Aerial view of Mather Point before recent improvements.
Those traffic snarls and endless searches for a parking place at Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park should soon be a distant memory. Work will get underway next month on the second and final phase of improvements planned for the spot where most visitors get their first look at the Grand Canyon.

USGS Says High Colorado River Flows Benefit the Grand Canyon

High flows of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park that mimic natural ebbs and flows are beneficial for the river corridor, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report. However, the report notes that many of the benefits are erased within six months due to energy demands that dictate releases through the Glen Canyon Dam.
U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven National Parks U.S. 89 is a relatively narrow thread of pavement that wends its way 1,600 miles from Glacier National Park in northern Montana to Tumacacori National Historical Park in southern Arizona. Along the way, it passes through five states, past seven units of the National Park System, and through thousands of years of human experience. Ann Torrence captures this sliver of history in words and photographs in a story that is decided off the racetrack known as the interstate highway system.

Grand Canyon National Park Now Accepting Applications for 2011 Non-Commercial Raft Trips

Here's your opportunity, paddlers! Grand Canyon National Park is now accepting applications for 2011 non-commercial float trips down the Colorado River.

Looking To Gain A Little Structured Education On Your National Park Trip?

Can you tell by looking at a wildflower in Yellowstone National Park what the underlying geology is? Or, while hiking through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, can you identify a bird simply by its song? Do you want to get relatively up close to the elephant seals at Point Reyes National Seashore? Here's how you can do all those things and more.

What's Going On at the Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park?

Desert View Watchtower
Visitors to the eastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim can't help but notice the Desert View Watchtower, a landmark in the area for over seventy-five years. If you visit the area this year, you'll see considerable work taking place on the historic structure. What's going on?
Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America "Repairing Paradise." That's a somewhat inauspicious title for a book that examines how to restore natural settings in the national parks. But in light of many scenarios that are playing out across the National Park System -- from parks being overrun by elk, deer, and even people to ecosystem subterfuge -- repairs are exactly what need to be made.

2009 in Review: National Park Brain Teasers

During 2009, Traveler posted 67 national park-themed quizzes, mystery photos, mystery spots, and mystery plants. They’re all listed here, complete with links.

National Park Mystery Photo 17 Revealed: The Ceiling of Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park

It'd take a sharp eye, and a head bent backwards, to admire this view of the ceiling of the Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park.

Dropping Temperatures, Wet Roads Cause Accidents Involving Roughly 40 Cars at Grand Canyon National Park

A trip to a national park normally lets you leave stress and worry behind, but when falling temperatures combined with light snow at Grand Canyon National Park the conditions produced slick roads that led to a number of accidents involving roughly 40 vehicles, including one that came close to sliding off into the abyss.

"1,000 Places to See Before You Die" Lists Quite a Few National Parks

When "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" was published in 2003, it quickly rose up the New York Times bestseller list. If you've managed to visit a good number of national parks since 2003, more than likely you've made some pretty good inroads on Patricia Schultz' checklist.

Tiny Grand Canyon Pseudoscorpion Among Candidate Species Listing Under Endangered Species Act

A tiny scorpion-like invertebrate found only in Grand Canyon National Park is among 67 plant, animal, and insect species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says might be eligible for listing as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

Photography Exhibit of Grand Canyon National Park Highlights The Skills of Middle Schoolers

Want to catch a glimpse of, perhaps, the next great landscape photographer? Then head to Williams, Arizona, to tour an exhibit of photos snapped in Grand Canyon National Park by ten middle school students.

Ice Blamed for Partially Derailing Grand Canyon Railway Locomotive, No One Hurt

A buildup of ice on the tracks was blamed for partially derailing a locomotive pulling a passenger train to Grand Canyon National Park. No one was hurt in the incident, and buses were summoned to take the 70 passengers the rest of the way to the park's station.
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