Grand Canyon Active Trails to Kick Off 2012 Season
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
The Grand Canyon Active Trails Team will hold their first event of the 2012 season on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in conjunction with fee-free National Park Week. At 5:30 p.m., the Team will begin a three-mile walk along the Rim Trail from Bright Angel Trailhead to Mather Point. Walkers may arrive at the departure point as late as 6 p.m. to participate. As with all future Active Trails events, participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, and sturdy footwear to this event. Children under the age of 12 are to be accompanied by an adult.
The Grand Canyon Active Trails Team has sixteen events planned for the spring, summer, and fall of this year, including walks, hikes and bike rides. There are also Active Trails events planned for National Trails Day, National Get Outdoors Day, and National Public Lands Day. Community members and park visitors alike are encouraged to participate in these fun, family friendly activities.
Funding for this year's Grand Canyon Active Trails program is being provided by the park's cooperating association and fund raising partner Grand Canyon Association.
Tentative schedule of Grand Canyon Active Trails events for 2012:
Details on, and changes to, proposed events will be posted on the Grand Canyon Active Trails Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Grand-Canyon-Active-Trails/127828990655457?bookmark_t=page and the Active Trails Webpage http://www.nps.gov/grca/supportyourpark/active-trails.htm. Anyone with questions regarding Grand Canyon Active Trails can reach the Team on Facebook or call (928) 638-7088.
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.