Grand Canyon National Park

With National Parks As the Draw, Luxury Railroad Plans 2011 Debut

How much would you pay to ride a luxury train across the Western landscape with stops at Crater Lake, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton national parks? Two-hundred dollars a day? Five-hundred-dollars? More than $1,000?
Common Southwestern Native Plants: An Identification Guide Anyone who spends time hiking in the national parks of the Southwest needs a good plant identification book. And "Common Southwestern Native Plants, An Identification Guide," is one of those books.

Is There A Need to Have the Government Promote National Parks?

Is there a need to promote places that "our woven into our American culture," that require room reservations to be made months, if not a year, ahead of schedule, and which not too long ago gained national exposure through a 12-hour Ken Burns mini-series?

Tamarisk, aka "Salt Cedar," A Thirsty Scourge Of Western National Parks

The showy tamarisk tree, aka "Saltcedar," long has been reviled as a thirsty scourge of Western national park riparian areas. But new research shows it's not any thirstier than some native species. However, tamarisk isn't valued as highly as cottonwoods and willows by some bird species, the studies say.

Landmark Ranger Station Along Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park to Get Facelift

As noted in Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks, housing for rangers is not like staying in the Hilton...or even a Super 8. Still, the historic river ranger station in Grand Canyon National Park is in a fantastic setting. And this summer it'll get some upgrades.

North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park To Open to Vehicles May 15

If all goes as planned, vehicle access along Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will be possible at 7 a.m. on May 15.

Dining At The Parks: Pinon Chocolate Bread Pudding

A day spent hiking along the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park deserves some rewards. And if you're a chocoholic, one of those should be the Pinon Chocolate Bread Pudding served up at the Grand Canyon Lodge.

Bicycle Rentals Available at South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon
If you enjoy bicycling but it's not convenient to haul your pedal powered ride on vacation, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will soon offer a new option: bicycle rentals. The bikes will have a big advantage over your car—they can take you places in the park where private vehicles aren't allowed.

Reader Participation Day: Has Arizona's Approach To Controlling Illegal Immigrants Led You To Cancel a Grand Canyon Trip?

Are you rethinking that trip to the Grand Canyon or Saguaro National Park due to the approach Arizona officials are taking towards illegal immigration?

Free Shuttle into Grand Canyon National Park from Neighboring Tusayan a Plus for Visitors

NPS shuttle buses at Grand Canyon.
If you're visiting the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park this summer, the NPS wants to help you avoid waiting in a line of cars at the park entrance—and wasting time looking for a parking space once you get in the gate. Here's what you need to know about the free shuttle to and from the neighboring town of Tusayan

Spring Is A Good Time To Be Thinking About River Trips In the National Park System

Snowmelt's running around the National Park System, which makes it a perfect time to start thinking about paddling trips in the parks. Here are some ideas, and contacts, that can help you get wet in the months ahead.

Grand Canyon National Park to Host Third Annual "Celebrate Wildlife Day” on May 1st

On May 1, Grand Canyon National Park’s annual “Celebrate Wildlife Day” will offer great opportunities for visitors to learn about the park’s fascinating wildlife and the work of the biologists who study them.
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks Television shows love to portray park rangers as fit and polite, beaming dazzling smiles, displaying knowledge that knows no bounds, nerves of steel, and with dashing personalities. And then there are the realities, as Andrea Lankford describes in her latest book, Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks.

Dining At The Parks: High Desert Black Bean Burger With Sunflower Sauce

Stroll into a dining room just about anywhere in the Southwest and you'll find some entree that includes black beans. At the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim of the canyon they've found a way to get black beans into a burger.

New Interpretive Panels Explain Ancestral Puebloan Life at Grand Canyon

Hikers who reach the bottom of the "inner gorge" at Grand Canyon National Park can learn more about the ancient cultures that once lived there thanks to the addition of interpretive panels erected next to ruins near Phantom Ranch.

Reader Participation Survey: How Much Local Control Should Be Exerted Over National Parks?

Should there be more uniformity across the National Park System when it comes to regulations pertaining to such activities as air tours, mountain biking, and personal watercraft use, just to name three sensitive issues?

NPCA: Tell the Obama Administration That Clear Air And Clear Views Across National Parks are Vital

Debate over the country's energy needs, environmental conditions, and the resulting quality of life is not new. It's unending, ongoing, and downright rancorous at times. But does it need to be? With hazy views across spectacular parks in the Southwest, how can we turn that debate into solutions?
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country Though no doubt driven by marketing aspirations, the National Geographic Society has rereleased three books that will take you into the heart of some iconic national parks.

Botanists At Grand Canyon National Park Working to Bring Plant Back from the Brink

It's a tiny plant, one with a beautiful purple flower, and it just might be one that can be brought back from the brink of extinction.

Searchers Find Two Missing Grand Canyon Hikers

On Tuesday, searchers at Grand Canyon National Park located two overdue hikers. The two Kansas men, who were found in good condition, had been reported missing after failing to return March 20.

Sen. McCain Withdraws Air Tour Amendment For Grand Canyon National Park Overflights

Applause are being extended after Sen. John McCain withdrew an amendment that would have substantially redrawn the ground rules for Grand Canyon National Park overflight tours.

Search On For Overdue Hikers In Grand Canyon National Park

Rangers are looking for two 25-year-old men overdue from a backpacking trek in Grand Canyon National Park.

Sen. McCain Has Proposal For Air Tours Over Grand Canyon National Park, But is It A Good One?

During the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, Senator John McCain of Arizona was applauded by many as a friend of the national parks. However, some groups are now wondering why the senator is supporting legislation that would increase air tours over Grand Canyon National Park, an experience that offers many incredible views of the park and yet one that others criticize for the noisy intrusion on the park setting.
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How Might the National Park System Appear if Not for the Use of the Antiquities Act of 1906?

Devils Postpile National Monument, copyright Kurt Repanshek
If the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to set aside national monuments, had never been created, how might that have affected the National Park System as we see it today?

Grand Canyon National Park Officials Want To Keep Mule Rides in the Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park officials, who have been mulling the continued use of mule trips in the canyon, are supporting a plan that would allow 10,000 mules rides a year on the South Rim and as many as 8,000 on the North Rim.

Reader Participation Day: Where Are the Best Waterfalls In the National Park System?

Waterfall Ohe o Gorge, Haleakala National Park, copyright Q.T. Luong
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?

Stranded Rafters In Grand Canyon National Park Get Unexpected Helicopter Lift

A group of rafters heading down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park received an unexpected helicopter lift when their boat became stranded on a rock garden in the river near Crystal Rapid. This was no quick and easy rescue, though, as it took 14 rangers, with air support, more than a day to get the rafters heading back downstream.

The Grand Canyon: A Quick Peek

This short video gives you a quick overall of that hole in the ground known as the Grand Canyon.

Environmental Groups Ask Feds to Require Reduced Pollution from Four Corners Power Plant

Haze at Grand Canyon.
The effects of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area on national parks and residents of the region have been a point of contention between environmental groups and power companies for years. A coalition of groups has now asked federal agencies to require measures to reduce pollution from the Four Corners Power Plant.

Much-Needed Changes at Grand Canyon's Mather Point Start Next Month

Aerial view of Mather Point before recent improvements.
Those traffic snarls and endless searches for a parking place at Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park should soon be a distant memory. Work will get underway next month on the second and final phase of improvements planned for the spot where most visitors get their first look at the Grand Canyon.
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