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    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona

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  • For the Next Several Days, Expect Thunderstorms and Locally Heavy Rain

    Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »

  • Temporary North Rim Road Closures Due to Galahad Fire Began May 29

    As of Thursday May 29, two road closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety. W4 road is closed from FS268B road south to Pont Sublime. W1 road is closed from W4 to western end of the Basin. More »

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Planning to hike this week? Read our
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Includes Trail Closures and Restrictions

Listen to our most recent audiocast below:
or download it through the link provided.

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Download the entire Hiking Grand Canyon Audiocast: 20m:42s

This 21 minute mp3 audiocast was made from Grand Canyon National Park's
Hiking Information Video and is available for downloading from the link below:

http://www.nps.gov/grca/photosmultimedia/upload/hiking_grand_canyon.mp3
Hiking Grand Canyon: Duration 20m:42s (14.5 MB mp3 File)

Hiking in the Grand Canyon is so demanding that even people in excellent condition often emerge sore and fatigued. Yet small children, senior citizens, and people with physical disabilities have successfully hiked the canyon.

A hike into the Grand Canyon will test your physical and mental endurance. Know and respect your limitations. Moderation is the key to an enjoyable hike. If you wish to camp anywhere in the park, other than in developed campgrounds on the North Rim, South Rim, or Tuweep, you must obtain a permit from the Backcountry Information Center. Backcountry travelers must have their permit in their possession while in the backcountry. Once a camp is established, the permit must be attached to a pack, tent, or other equipment in plain view so it can be easily checked by rangers.

Permits are valid only for the trip leader, itinerary, number of people, and dates specified on the permit. Permits for all overnight backcountry use must be obtained through the Backcountry Information Center at Grand Canyon National Park. For more information, please visit:
http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm


 
 

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Did You Know?

GRAND CANYON TRILOBITE

The Cambrian seas of the Grand Canyon were home to several kinds of trilobite, whose closest living relative is the modern horsehoe crab. They left their fossil record in the mud of the Bright Angel Shale over 500 million years ago.