Grand Canyon National Park

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.

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.

Officials Working to Ensure Recovery Of Endangered Fishes In Upper Colorado River Basin

A longstanding problem for fisheries in the Upper Colorado River Basin is the competing demands for water. It's needed for irrigation, it's needed to generate power, and it's needed, not surprisingly, to sustain fisheries. With drought a frequent visitor to the states of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, how that huge watershed is cooperatively managed is critical for all these demands.

Upon Further Review: "Where's the Spare?"

Grand Canyon
Any career which involves regular contact with the "general public" includes situations which put the employee's sense of humor to a serious test. Those oft-envied park ranger jobs are no exception, as illustrated by the following story related to me years ago by a fellow ranger at Grand Canyon National Park.

Translocation Project Aids Endangered Humpback Chub in Grand Canyon National Park

The Park Service has introduced a satellite population of humpback chub into a Colorado River tributary. Time will tell if this translocation project and related recovery efforts can halt this endangered fish’s slow drift toward extinction.

National Park Geologic Sites Draw Raves and Rants

Smithsonian high-fives the parks and Yahoo! Travel flips the bird.

Did You Hear the One About President Obama's Trip To Yellowstone National Park?

August, thanks to its hot and humid nature in the political capital of the universe, Washington, D.C., usually is the time politicians head to the hinterlands. And while most presidents see the month as their own opportunity to escape the bluster and fury of Washington, President Obama decided to take the opportunity not to flee the spotlight, but take it with him on his windshield tours of Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks.

Reader Participation Day, Fine Arts Division: Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, or Maynard Dixon?

If cost were no object, whose national park painting would you hang on your wall? Would it be a Thomas Moran, an Albert Bierstadt, or a Maynard Dixon?

The First Family Plans to Visit Two Western National Parks Next Weekend

President Obama and his family on a trip to Accra, Ghana
If you plan to be in either Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Parks next weekend, you may want to count on a little extra traffic. The first family plans to join you.

Reader Participation Day: Do You Believe There Should Be Overflight Tours of National Parks?

Have you ever had the itch to fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter? Do you want a bird's eye view of Crater Lake? Or do you believe the airspace over national parks should be reserved strictly for, well, the birds?

UPDATED: Cape Royal Road at Grand Canyon National Park Closed by Wildfire

firefighter with drip torch
The Cape Royal Road on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has been closed for several days due to a wildfire. It has reopened with pilot car escorts from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Five other small fires in the area are not affecting visitor activities.

Grand Canyon National Park Lookout Tower That Ed Abbey Spent Time on Among Four Added to Historic Register

Would Ed Abbey approve? A Grand Canyon National Park fire lookout tower he spent quite some time on has been added to the National Historic Lookout Register.

Body, Presumed To Be That Of Missing Backpacker, Found in Grand Canyon National Park

A body, believed to be that of a missing 20-year-old backpacker, was found Saturday in a rugged section of Grand Canyon National Park.

Search Continues for Missing Backpacker in Grand Canyon National Park

Search-and-rescue teams are continuing to comb the rugged backcountry of Grand Canyon National Park for a missing backpacker who ventured down into the canyon to find an unusually rich waterpocket.

Update: Search Under Way For One Overdue Hiker at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park rangers were intensifying efforts Thursday to find a lone backpacker in a remote and rugged section of the park. While initially they thought as many as four backpackers were in the group, after interviewing friends and family of Bryce Gillies they now believe there is only one missing hiker.

What are the New Seven Wonders of Nature? The Polls Are Now Open

Earth from space.
"Top whatever" lists seem to be popular these days, and a group is conducting an ambitious world-wide poll to determine the "New Seven Wonders of Nature." Their 28 finalists were announced earlier this week, and a U.S. national park is on the list. Voting is now underway to pick the winners.

New Electronic Applications Aim to Enhance Your National Park Visit

Where once we had guidebooks, topographic maps, and campfire talks to help us appreciate and understand the national parks, there's now a growing number of electronic applications for your iPhones, iPod Touches, and other cellphones and media devices to overwhelm the senses.

"River Runners for Wilderness" Lose Bid to See Motorized Rafts, Helicopters Banned from Colorado River Corridor in Grand Canyon

A coalition of river runners that believes muscles, not motors, should drive rafts down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park has been rebuffed in its bid to see the National Park Service agree with that belief.

Interior Secretary Moves to Block Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park

Taking a step the Bush administration refused to take, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued a temporary ban on uranium mining on roughly 1 million acres surround Grand Canyon National Park.
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