Grand Canyon National Park

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.

Heat Exhaustion May Have Helped Save a Hiker's Life at Grand Canyon National Park

View from the Grand View Trail.
Heat exhaustion is a recurring and serious problem at Grand Canyon National Park. In a bizarre twist, a recent case at the park had a rare and unexpected spin-off—it may have helped save a hiker's life.

National Park Quiz 63: Pools

The theme of this week’s quiz is a term that has at least 13 different meanings. We’ll pretty much stick with the standard connotation, but not entirely. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you clean the Traveler wishing well and count all the pennies.

Thelma & Louise Redux? Man Drives Car Off South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

An unidentified man died Monday when he apparently drove his car off the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and plummeted about 600 feet to the rocky slope below

Traveler's Top 10 Rivers to Ride in the National Park System

Sure, the most iconic river in all the land is the Colorado that flows through Grand Canyon National Park. But that doesn't mean you can't find quality river trips elsewhere in the National Park System.

Free Digital Photo Workshops at Grand Canyon National Park

Photographers at Grand Canyon.
If you'll be at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon between now and July 27 and you'd like to learn how to take better photos, here's a great opportunity. You don't even need a camera to participate.

Book Now For Late-Summer Savings at Select Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Ahhhh, here we are in early July and already the end of summer is in sight. And end-of-summer savings on lodgings in Grand Canyon National Park also are in sight.

Park Shuttle Bus Systems are Growing in Popularity Around the Country.

Shuttle bus systems are growing in popularity as one way to reduce the impacts of private vehicles on parks—and on the experience of visitors. Here's a look at some of those systems at NPS sites around the country.

Should the Trains Keep Rolling into Grand Canyon National Park?

Here's an item that, on its face, seems rather non-controversial: Should the one or two trains that roll into Grand Canyon National Park from Williams, Arizona, each day be allowed to continue their operations?

Zoonotic Disease Survey Addresses Potentially Dangerous Health Risks

Zoonotic diseases can be transmitted from animals to humans, and there are some dangerous ones in our parks. The NPS Zoonotic Disease Survey currently underway will help to improve safety protocols for employees at risk. If you want to participate I this survey, you’ll need to hurry.
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