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Grand Canyon National Park

Inner Canyon General Forest Area- The inner canyon general forest area comprises the terrain below the north and south rims including the Colorado River.
North Rim General Forest Area- The north rim of the Grand Canyon is higher in elevation than the south rim and therefore, significantly colder. It opens in mid May and closes to vehicles by mid November.
South Rim General Forest Area- This portion of the canyon lies south of the Colorado River along the southern terminus of the canyon. It is generally warmer and more crowded than the north rim.
Tonto Trail- This trail leads 95 miles east to west along the Tonto Platform of the southern shore of the Colorado River. It connects the rim to river trails and is often used to form loop hikes.

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Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
Description - 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. The forces of erosion have exposed an immense variety of formations which illustrate vast periods of geological history. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site.

Recreation - The Grand Canyon supports a large variety of recreation opportunities for visitors of diverse interests and abilities. The main park visitor center is located on the South Rim east of Grand Canyon Village. Interpretive centers are also located at Yavapai Observation Station, Tusayan Museum, Desert View and the North Rim (mid-May through late October only).

The inner canyon is accessed via the so-called "Corridor Trails": The Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail (South Rim) and North Kaibab Trail (North Rim). There are other less heavily traveled and more remote inner canyon trails, as well. All overnight travel below the rim requires a Backcountry Permit. The Rim Trail on the South Rim offers vistas along the South Rim; a variety of rim trails are also available through the more heavily forested regions on the North Rim. All main park roads are paved. A large network of gravel roads exists in the Kaibab National Forest outside the park on both rims.

The park offers free ranger-led programs throughout the year, including a wide variety of walks, talks and a nightly evening program (outdoors in summer, indoors during cooler weather).

Climate - Climate within Grand Canyon National Park varies significantly depending on your location within the canyon. The South Rim is 7,000 feet above sea level, which means snow in winter and cool nights even in summer. Inner canyon hiking (below the rim) is another story, however: summer temperatures along the Colorado River at the canyon bottom can reach 120 degrees F. The North Rim is 8000 feet above sea level and can receive snow throughout most of the year. Weather is particularly changeable in spring and fall; visitors should be prepared for a variety of climates.

Location - Grand Canyon National Park is located in northwestern Arizona. The Kaibab National Forest creates a buffer of undeveloped land around the central canyon.

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Filed By: Chelsey (Baton Rouge, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: In the summer of 2009, my boyfriend and I took a road trip from Louisiana to the Grand Canyon National Park. Going there, we knew it would be beautiful and could not believe that it surpassed even our highest expectations when we arrived. We were at the canyon before sunrise, so when the sun finally revealed this natural beauty, our jaws dropped. Completely gorgeous. We took a 6-mile round-trip hike on the South Kaibab trail that day. Along the way, we met a friendly and helpful park ranger and plenty of friendly hikers. This place makes for a wonderful vacation and should at least be visited once. I do wish we had camped there and hiked down to Havasupai Falls. More than likely, this will be another trip.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I don't care how many pictures you've seen of the grand canyon, you haven't seen it until you've been there in person. See it from the south and north rim. Go down into the canyon. It's one of our treasures.

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Contact Information:
Backcountry Office, Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 12 , Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023, Phone: 520-638-7875, Fax: 520-638-2125

Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 170 , Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023, Phone: 520-638-7888

Additional Information:
Arizona National Forests, Parks and Monuments - This section includes the National Forests, National Parks, National Monuments, and National Historic Sites in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is the best known of these areas but there are many other spectacular sites.
Grand Canyon Country - Grand Canyon Country encompasses northwestern Arizona. It features Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab National Forest, and Slide Rock State Park. Flagstaff is the largest city in the region.
Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway - This route goes over the gorgeous Kaibab Plateau and travels through the Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon National Park - Official agency website


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