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National Park Journal Grand Canyon 2019

Get the digital version of the National Park Journal with its four separate park editions (Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Yosemite) to discover all-time favorite road trips to the national parks. From Utah’s dazzling deserts, the adobe-lined streets of New Mexico’s charming towns, Wyoming’s authentic outposts, California’s stunning coastline and Colorado’s mountain towns, we feature all the amazing places to explore en route to the parks, no matter where you begin your adventure. Plus , our insider’s guide includes our top things to do in each national park in 48 hours. Discover the best hiking trails, campsites and attractions in our magazine. Our illustrated wildlife guide will help you discover the best of the park's wild animals, including tips on where to find them, and our packing list ensures you don’t leave anything at home.

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YODEL AT YAVAPAI Reader Chris Carlson captured a spectacular sunset from Yavapai Point in Grand Canyon National Park. Carlson submitted this photo for our 2018 Tamron-sponsored photo contest in its 8th year. See this year’s winners at nationalparktripsmedia.com/contests. PARK TIP Plan to arrive in the park before 9 a.m. to find a parking spot. Then take the free shuttle to hop on and off to access the South Rim's many viewpoints. ■…

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editor's note

This year marks the 100th birthday of Grand Canyon National Park and the 50th anniversary of Americans landing on the moon. Few know that without the Grand Canyon and the area around it, Neil Armstrong may never have taken that “one small step for man.”Every astronaut but one who walked on the moon (or participated in the Apollo program) hiked in Grand Canyon National Park beforehand. It was part inspiration, part a crash course in geology to train astronauts on what to look for on the moon.At Grand Canyon, astronauts started at the Yavapai Museum to learn about the canyon’s geology before hiking down South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, a rustic lodge nestled along the Colorado River. It can only be reached by foot, by raft on the…

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paperless trail

Online Visit MyGrandCanyonPark.com to find out where to stay and what to do during your vacation. Interested in exploring other national parks? Check us out: MyColoradoParks.com MyOlympicPark.com MySmokyMountainPark.com MyYellowstonePark.com MyYosemitePark.com MyUtahParks.com Trip Planner Start planning your dream vacation by requesting our tip-filled Grand Canyon Trip Planner online. You also can request vacation planning materials from our partners across the Southwest. E news letter Don’t forget to sign up for our weekly enewsletter when you are on MyGrandCanyonPark.com. We cover tips on how to avoid crowds, best sights along the way and more.WorkshopsJoin us for our online and in-person National Park Photography Workshop series. With Tamron’s professional photographers, we offer instruction on how…

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the grandest canyon

(MAP BY DOLLY HOLMES) Without the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon wouldn’t exist. The river originates in Rocky Mountain National Park and has spent 6 million long, hard years sculpting the Grand CanyonIn doing so, it's dug deep into 1.8-billion-year-old rock, the foundation of North America, revealing and erasing millions of years of ancient history in the canyon walls.If you know how to read the walls, you can unlock thousands of stories. And while its not the deepest canyon in the world, it's one of the most stunning. The canyon's sheer immensity is most likely just as soul-jarring as it was in 1919 when it became a national park. That year, 44,173 visitors traveled from far and wide to see the new park, which had been named a national monument…

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the four sides of grand canyon

LIPAN POINT ON THE SOUTH RIM (PHOTO BY GRANT ORDELHEIDE) NORTH RIM Perched between 8,000 and 9,000 feet, the Grand Canyon’s North Rim is located in northern Arizona 45 miles south of Jacob Lake via AZ 67. It’s composed of a mixed conifer forest and stands of aspen trees. Because it sits about 1,500 feet higher than the South Rim, it gets blanketed by snow and closes for winter. Open mid-May through mid-October, it’s less developed and less visited than its twin to the south, with only one lodge, the Grand Canyon Lodge. SOUTH RIM Open year round, the South Rim is the most popular area of Grand Canyon National Park. It is 212 miles from the North Rim, and you can access it from two…

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bring a guide

Wish you had a guide while touring to and inside the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park or Grand Canyon West? Download the GyPSy Guide App."We recognized that travelers preferred to set their own pace and itinerary, but still enjoyed a fun, informative and educational guided experience” says Rick Bulich of GyPSy Guide. "That became our inspiration. How do we recreate that experience for people who want remain independent and self tour in their own vehicle?" The app uses your device's location service to automatically play entertaining commentary about the behind-the-scenes stories, historical events and notable geologic formations as you drive. In doing so, it tells you about upcoming sights, so you have time to make an informed decision as to whether you want to stop. Because the…