Grand Canyon National Park

Work Under Way on Rebuilding Grand Canyon National Park's South Kaibab Trail From Rim to River

What do you get for several million dollars and several years of work at Grand Canyon National Park? A fully refurbished South Kaibab Trail from rim to river.

No Matter What Lens You Look Through, the Grand Canyon Is Pretty Impressive

Sure, the 1920s footage is grainy and just black and white, but this vintage home movie of the Grand Canyon is worth watching. Be sure to look for the pack trains headed down into the canyon.

National Park Lodging Concessionaires Creating Their Own Stimulus Plans

In this summer of economic discontent, businesses that operate lodgings in the National Park System are coming up with their own strategies for luring visitors.

Falling Into the Grand Canyon Isn't Always Fatal

A 38-year-old woman who fell 50 feet off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park survived the ordeal without life-threatening injuries and was lifted back to the rim by rangers.

Running Lava Falls In Grand Canyon National Park: What Would Major Powell Think?

Much has changed when it comes to running rivers since Major John Wesley Powell first floated the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. What do you think he'd say of today's voyages down the iconic river?

Body Recovered in Grand Canyon National Park; Thought to Be That Of Missing Hiker

Rangers in Grand Canyon National Park have recovered a body in the Hermit Basin area of the park and believe it's that of a hiker who went missing over the Memorial Day weekend.

No Sign Of Missing Hiker In Grand Canyon National Park, Search Being Scaled Back

A lack of clues in the search for a missing hiker in Grand Canyon National Park has prompted a decision to begin scaling back the effort.

Rangers Narrow Search Area in Grand Canyon National Park For Missing Hiker

The search for a missing hiker in Grand Canyon National Park has been narrowed down to an area in Hermit Basin, which is located west of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker At Grand Canyon National Park

A search is under way in Grand Canyon National Park for a 69-year-old man who is overdue from a hike in the canyon.

Mules In Grand Canyon National Park: Should They Stay?

Mules in Grand Canyon National Park. They can be a bane, and they can be a beast of burden that makes your trek down into the abyss somewhat easier. Now park officials want to know if mules should continue to be utilized in the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Recover Bodies of Two Young Drowning Victims

The bodies of two young men who disappeared after jumping into the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch in the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park have been recovered.

A Tough Week for Hikers and Mule Riders at Grand Canyon National Park

Short haul rescue at Grand Canyon. NPS photo.
It's been a tough week or so for hikers, mule riders and rescue teams at Grand Canyon National Park. During a 6-day span, a hiker fell off a trail and a rider was injured in an accident on a mule trip. Both required rescue via a park helicopter.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Scaling Back Search For Two Missing in Colorado River

With odds dwindling quickly, the search for two young men missing in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park is being scaled back.

Billing For Search and Rescue Missions -- Yes, or No?

Should search-and-rescue subjects be billed for the cost of their rescue? It's long been a thorny issue, one that organizations that respond to SARs long have opposed.
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One Dead, Two Missing In Colorado River at Grand Canyon National Park

bridge over Colorado River near scene of this incident
Grand Canyon National Park rangers recovered a young man's body Friday and were continuing efforts to find two other men missing since Thursday morning after the three jumped into the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch.

The "Other Grand Canyon"—the North Rim—Opens for the Season on May 15th

View of the Grand Canyon from the North Rim.
Visitors to the Grand Canyon will soon have another—and less crowded—option for visiting the park. Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is scheduled to open for the season on Friday, May 15.

Staying Safe and How Not to Become A SAR Statistic in the National Park System

If you subconsciously want to become a search-and-rescue statistic in the National Park System, your best chance would be in either Grand Canyon National Park, Gateway National Recreation Area, or Yosemite National Park.

Celebrate Wildlife Day at Grand Canyon National Park – May 2, 2009

The staff and friends of Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating their second annual Celebrate Wildlife Day on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The event will include special exhibits and programs, live animal demonstrations and fun for the entire family.

Creature Feature: Feral Burros are "Equina Non Grata" in the National Parks

Guys who holler “watch this!” just before they do something incredibly stupid aren’t the only jackasses in our national parks. We’ve got the real kind too, and where there are feral burros the habitat is degraded and native wildlife suffer. Cute though they may be, burros are unwelcome in our national parks.

Is it Safe to Drink the Water at Grand Canyon National Park?

Grand canyon.
For the next month or two, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park may notice that drinking water coming from the taps in the park looks a bit "cloudy." Is the water safe to drink? The park recently supplied the answer—and an explanation.

Iconic Trail at Grand Canyon National Park Set for a Major Makeover

View on the South Kaibab Trail.
For over 80 years, hikers and mule riders have enjoyed—or endured—trips up and down the South Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park. That's a lot of footprints, and the iconic route will receive a major, multi-year makeover starting in May 2009.

Tracing The Postage Stamp-Sized History of the National Park System

You could call it a postage stamp-sized history of the National Park System, but the history of park scenes on U.S. postage is really quite colorful and carries a few stories with it.

Spring Break's Newest Destination? Grand Canyon National Park

For most college students, spring break is a time to shuck responsibility and have a good time. For some, it offers a time to relax in one of the world's most famous national parks while contributing a little sweat equity to the setting.

Condors To Be Released into the Wild at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

If you like birding, are concerned about endangered species, and are free on Saturday, you're invited to see the release of four California condors into the wild at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

Permit Period Open for Noncommercial Colorado River Runners Through Grand Canyon National Park

If you think you'd like to run the Colorado through Grand Canyon National Park next year, without paying a commercial operation for the privilege, now is the time to get your permit application filed with the park.

Updated: Murder-Suicide Leaves Two Dead at Grand Canyon National Park

A murder-suicide is suspected in the deaths of an elderly couple in Grand Canyon National Park.
With your summer vacation still months away, now's a great time to consider your national park options. While most know Grand Canyon National Park is a great place for panoramic vistas, it also can be great for hiking. If you're prepared.

National Park Quiz 39: Winter

This week’s quiz will find out if you are a winterwise park visitor. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why the Bergeron-Findeisen process grows snowflakes only because the equilibrium vapor pressure of water vapor with respect to ice is less than that with respect to liquid water at the same subfreezing temperature.

It's Not Too Early To Start Planning This Summer's National Park Vacation

Sure, the calendar says January, there's a lot of snow out there across the country, and you haven't even thought about filing your income taxes. But it's still not too early to begin planning your national park vacation for this summer.

Pruning the Parks: Whatever Became of Marble Canyon National Monument (1969-1975)?

Outgoing presidents long have made a practice on January 20, their last day in office, of leaving parting gifts. For Lyndon Johnson, his gift to the nation 40 years ago was a national monument that served to protect the Grand Canyon from further dam building.
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