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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In addition to Grand Canyon National Park, Delaware North, through its subsidiaries, operates various concession services in Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Shenandoah and Olympic national parks.
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.
Recently, the Forest Service awarded a British company rights to explore for uranium on more than three dozen sites on national forest land near Grand Canyon National Park.
Several years ago, Tony Rizzi of Altadena was visiting Grand Canyon National Park and watched as parents grouped their children by the entrance sign for a family photo.
This area is a popular entrance into the Grand Canyon National Park.
The Arizona Republic reported last week that the National Park Service (NPS) has issued a 217-page report that recommends added parking and increased use of alternative fuel buses to help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in Grand Canyon National Park.
Yet visitors to the official bookstores in Grand Canyon National Park are now treated to a different view: the view espoused by creationists who believe these rocks were deposited and the canyon was carved in a twinkling during Noah's Flood.
In December the heads of the seven national geographical organisations in the US sent a letter to the Grand Canyon National Park superintendent expressing concern over the sale of 'The Grand Canyon: A Different View' in the park's gift shop.
They are religious plaques on federal buildings and that's not allowed based on the law," Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said, repeating the prevailing tortured interpretation of the First Amendment.
The Dingle man is travelling to America in June for the seven-day challenge, which includes gruelling hikes at the Grand Canyon national park, desert treks and kayaking down the Colorado river.

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