Grand Canyon National Park

Man Dies in Fall From South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park are trying to determine how a man fell 200 feet to his death from the South Rim near Mather Point.

Parking and Traffic Changes Will Ease Congestion at Grand Canyon National Park

Mather Point
Big changes in roads, parking and other facilities are nearing completion on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The result should be a much-improved visitor experience, beginning this month. The real payoff will come with next summer's crowds.

Road Access To North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park To Close Monday, November 30

Years ago there was a lodge on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon just outside the national park's boundaries. It would operate through the winter as a cross-country ski resort. Sadly, it's no longer in operation, and its snowcat rides to the North Rim are a thing of the past as well. Which means that after Monday, if you want to gaze into the canyon before next spring you'll have to walk or ski there, as road access is closing down.

Pay Attention: Rules Are Changing For Getting Backpacking Permits at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park long has run its backpacking permit operation with a four-month lead time. In other words, you could walk into the backcountry office on February 1 and ask for a permit for a date in June and receive it. Well, the rules are changing friends.

National Park Mystery Spot 5 Revealed: You’ll Find It At the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

Were you able to solve yesterday’s mystery spot quiz?

This Time, the SPOT Alert Was Real, Leading Grand Canyon National Park Rangers to Man With Broken Leg

This time the signal from SPOT really was sent seeking aid with a medical emergency, alerting Grand Canyon National Park rangers to a man with a fractured leg deep in the canyon.

National Park Mystery Spot 5: A Jenny May Take you There

Lots of very tired people have been very happy to arrive at this place. Can you identify it with just a few clues?

Lawsuit Aims to Halt Uranium Mine Near Grand Canyon National Park

A group has gone to court to halt the development of a uranium mine within 10 miles of Grand Canyon National Park. Filed on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Sierra Club, the lawsuit claims the U.S. Bureau of Land Management failed to update environmental reviews and mining plans before approving the project.
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Trail Repairs and Roof Work Among Recovery Act Projects At Grand Canyon National Park

An influx of federal dollars through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is helping Grand Canyon National Park crews repair trails and put new roofs on aging structures.

Visiting National Parks by Train – Central and Western U.S.

Train near Glacier National Park
In this final installment of our three-part series on visiting national parks by train, we'll take a look at some options for trips in the central and western United States.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Investigating Fatality on Bright Angel Trail

Grand Canyon National Park rangers on Tuesday were trying to determine the cause of death of an Arizona man whose body was found on the Bright Angel Trail.

With Year-End Holidays Not Far Off, Consider These National Park Escapes

With the approach of Christmas and New Year's, some people remain undecided about what to do and where to go for the holidays. Here are a few suggestions for year-end national park vacations that are likely to result in some lasting memories.

Each Generation Seems To Stamp Its Imprint on the National Parks

For those who see the national parks as being preserved time immemorial under gigantic bell jars, there is evidence that each succeeding generation makes an imprint or two on the parks. It wasn't too terribly long ago, for instance, that you climbed into the bleachers to watch the bear buffets in Yellowstone National Park, or that the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon National Park had separate dining areas for men and women.

Winter Lodging Deals at Mammoth Cave, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley National Parks

Comparatively few people think of visiting national parks during the winter months, and that's unfortunate for a variety of reasons. Not only does this season present an entirely different view of the parks than the one you normally experience during spring and summer, but lodging typically is less expensive, as the following offers demonstrate.

Tamarisk Beetles Found in Grand Canyon National Park. "Oh, My" or "Oh, Me"?

Tamarisk killed by beetles in Utah.
Tamarisk, or salt cedar, is a highly invasive plant that has caused plenty of problems in the West. A test project to control the pest with the tamarisk leaf beetle has been underway since 2001 in parts of the country, but a few of the beetles have turned up unexpectedly in the upper end of the Grand Canyon. Will this prove to be a case of "Oh, my," or "Oh, me"?

This Third Time Was Anything But Charming – SPOT Misuse At Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon
Frivolous calls to 911 centers are a growing problem all across the country, but when the call comes from a remote location in Grand Canyon National Park, both the expense and risks of an emergency response increase dramatically. A group of hikers recently activated their SPOT device not once, not twice, but three times on the same trip.

National Park Quiz 71: Are There Any?

Sure, you know what can be found in this or that park, but do you what things aren’t found there? Take this quiz and find out. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll tattle on you.

When Visiting the National Parks, Look for Historic Lookouts

Many national parks have historic lookouts that are, or should be, listed on the National Historic Lookouts Register. Visitors who know where to look can see lots of splendid examples.

A New Route for Mule Trips at Grand Canyon National Park

Mule riders on trail at Grand Canyon.
A trail reconstruction project on the South Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park has led to some changes in mule trips at the park. The overnight trip to Phantom Ranch is not affected, but the day trip to Plateau Point has been replaced by a ride to an overlook featuring a view with a classic Grand Canyon name: The Abyss.

North Rim of Grand Canyon To Remain Open To Vehicles Until Late November...or Snowfall

There's still plenty of time to visit the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Officials say vehicle access to the North Rim will be possible until the end of November...or heavy snowfall.

Route 66 Fans Rejoice! Here's a Great New Source of Information On "The Mother Road"

Route 66 sign.
In the days before interstate highways made travel faster—and usually a lot less interesting—a road trip to some popular NPS sites included a drive on at least part of Route 66. Fans of the historic highway now have a great new resource for information about the famous route.

Interested in Earth Science? Head To Grand Canyon National Park In Mid-October

If there's a great place to study earth science in the National Park System, certainly Grand Canyon National Park would be near, if not at, the top of the list. And if you head to Grand Canyon in mid-October, you'll be able to study earth science with the rangers and staff.

Body of Overdue Hiker Found in Remote, Rugged Area of Grand Canyon National Park

The body of a man whose wife reported him overdue from a hike at Grand Canyon National Park was found in a remote and rugged area below the North Rim.

America’s National Rural Teacher of the Year Teaches Grand Canyon Rangers’ Kids

Schools in isolated national parks have a tough time attracting and retaining good teachers. This makes it all the more remarkable that the National Rural Teacher of the Year is an art teacher in the school district serving Grand Canyon National Park.

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.
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