Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park

Address:PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Size: 1,217,403 acres.
Established: Grand Canyon Forest Reserve proclaimed on February 20, 1893; Grand Canyon Game Preserve proclaimed on November 28, 1906; Grand Canyon National Monument proclaimed on January 11, 1908; national park established on February 26, 1919. A separate Grand Canyon National Monument proclaimed on December 22, 1932. Marble Canyon National Monument proclaimed on January 20, 1969. All three units and portions of Glen Canyon and Lake Mead national recreation areas combined with additional lands as national park on January 3, 1975. Designated a World Heritage Site on October 24, 1979.
Location:In northern Arizona. Grand Canyon Village (South Rim) is 60 miles north of I-40 at Williams via AZ 64, and 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff via US 180. Only ten miles from rim to rim as the crow flies, the North Rim is 215 miles (about 4 1/2 hours) from the South Rim by car. The North Rim is 44 miles south of Jacob Lake, Arizona, via AZ 67. The road from Jacob Lake to the North Rim (Highway 67) is subject to closure due to snow from mid-October to mid-May.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, lodging, groceries, restaurant/snacks, visitor centers and observation station (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail, shuttle bus services. Entrance fee required. Services and facilities at the South Rim are open year round. Services and facilities at the North Rim are open from mid-May through mid-October. Weather permitting, the North Rim is open for day use only from mid-October through mid-May.
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, whitewater rafting, auto touring, cross-country skiing, interpretive programs, guided tours.
Special Features:The park, focusing on the world-famous Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, encompasses 277 miles of the river with adjacent uplands, from the southern terminus of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to the eastern boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area (see separate entries for descriptions of each). The forces of erosion have exposed an immense variety of formations which illustrate vast periods of geological history.

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Today, Grand Canyon National Park receives close to five million visitors each year--a far cry from the annual visitation of 44,173 the park received in 1919.
By industrializing the Grand Canyon region and risking permanent pollution of its soil and water resources, uranium mining would also threaten the Southwest's robust tourism economy--for which Grand Canyon National Park is the primary economic engine," says the Wilderness Society, adding that the outdoor recreation business in Arizona each year supports 82,000 jobs, generates some $350 million in state tax revenue, and stimulates about $5 billion in retail sales and services.
Jan Busco, a horticulturist at Grand Canyon National Park, can be reached at janice_busco@nps.
Hiking Grand Canyon National Park is the perfect take-along tote for any who would hike the trails of the park.
Chesher a Utah-based writer and National Park Service ranger for 20 years in such places as Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks, offers first-time visitors to Zion National Park a complete guide for planning their trip to one of America's magnificent national treasures.
The Santa Fe railroad was and continues to be one of America's premier railway lines that has such historic claims to railroading fame as entering into partnership with Harvey House depot restaurants, providing connecting service to the Grand Canyon National Park, transporting movie stars, celebrities, and industrial moguls between Los Angeles and Chicago, and employing legendry passenger trains from Arizona to Kansas.
Among their topics are balancing management needs for conserving biodiversity in Grand Canyon National Park, determining the optimum management strategy for Kure Mountains National Park in Turkey, protecting chamois in the Slovak National Parks, Amgoseli in Kenya as a case study of dilemmas in balancing conservation and strong tourism interests in a small national park, microbial diversity supporting unique ecosystems as exemplified by Spain's Donana National Park, and valuing benefits of wildlife tourism in remote protected areas such as Gron Morne in maritime Canada.
Thompson's Water Seal has announced a new partnership to support Grand Canyon National Park as part of its Very Important Places (VIP) program.
The White House says more than 1,000 people have worked on 17 stimulus-funded projects at Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon national parks.
2, 2007, Eric York, a 37-year-old biologist at Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park, was found dead of the pneumonic plague--the disease that decimated Europe's population in the Middle Ages.
Maureen Oltrogge, a Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman, said the evacuees were taken to a Red Cross shelter in Peach Springs about 97km southwest of Supai.
As Geographical went to press, the groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Trust, filed a law suit against the Forest Service claiming that by allowing uranium drilling at 39 sites close to the Grand Canyon National Park it had violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedures Act and the Appeals Reform Act.

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