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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Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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The average visitor stay at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is 4.1 days (the longest in the National Park System), compared to Grand Canyon National Park's average stay of less than one hour.
Not surprisingly, then, Wilfred Elders, a professor of geology at the University of California, Riverside, was dismayed during a visit to Grand Canyon National Park in August 2003 to learn that A Different View was on the shelves in the bookstores there.
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.
Fire department authorities based in Los Angeles said the aircraft, carrying a crew of two along with the 19 Japanese, was scheduled to fly on a tour over Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Groups including Friends of Acadia, Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation, are raising money for their own restoration projects.
Grand Canyon National Park is home to trees and plants like pinon pines and evening primrose, and an array of animal species from jaguars to the endangered Mexican spotted owl.
New Hance to Grandview Loop, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
One of Babbitt's clients in those days was Canyon Forest Village, a scheme to build a Disneyland-style resort outside Tusayan, Arizona, near the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. But since that part of northern Arizona is almost all federally owned land, the project needed a land exchange to get off the ground.
As many as 5 million people each year visit Grand Canyon National Park. Most go for the majestic view, but geologists go to the canyon--a gaping chasm more than 275 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and in places more than a mile deep--to unravel its untold tale of erosion writ large.
AMERICAN FORESTS strongly supports creation of Grand Canyon National Park.
At the Grand Canyon National Park, only 38 of the park's 438 trails are maintained; and at Yellowstone, the condition of 90 percent of the park's trails is considered "unsatisfactory" by the park service.

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