Google Maps has become a useful electronic option to paper maps for many people, and one feature of that site—"Street View"—allows users to see a ground-level, 360 degree photographic view of many locations around the world. Now that service is adding parts of some national parks, including the Grand Canyon and even one rather surprising location that lies beneath the ground.
Grand Canyon National Park
There are the obvious impacts tied to the closure of the National Park System due to the partial government shutdown: guests forced to leave the parks, gateway communities losing business, concessions operations in flux.
With the clock, and the calendar, ticking closer to congressional gridlock over the country's debt ceiling, how might the National Park Service react if October 1 arrives without an increase in the ceiling?
The Grand Canyon has a new taxi service. It’s totally green and only for off-road touring. Like a New York cabby, these guys have a no-nonsense attitude, occasionally talk back, and are famously stubborn, but the resemblance ends there.
There is a thread of commonality in the Colorado River as it flows through the Grand Canyon, and the Potomac River as it flows into Washington, D.C. It revolves around preservation.
While you'll be able to visit the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park beyond mid-October, weather permitting, many of the visitor services and facilities will begin closing for the winter on October 15.
Even grand dames need an occasional sprucing up, and that's why the iconic El Tovar Hotel on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will be closed for three months beginning January 2, 2014.
Unless things change, it will take centuries for many national parks to have truly clean air, according to the National Parks Conservation Association, which wants the Obama administration to close loopholes that stand in the way of improving air quality.
Heavy rains that have been falling on the Southwest in recent days are creating problems with some sections of trail in Grand Canyon National Park.