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National Park Journal Grand Canyon 2018

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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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United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor's note

My first experience at the Grand Canyon was strikingly similar in length of Clark W. Griswold’s 23-second stop at the South Rim in the 1983 movie, National Lampoon’s Vacation. In the heat of August, 10 years after Griswold impatiently whisked his family off the canyon edge en route to Walley World, four of my high school friends and I drove on a whim from Durango, Colo., to the North Rim. We searched at length for a parking spot, stood on the canyon edge and looked down. With no clue of what lay beyond the rim, we got back in our car and drove home. When I visited the North Rim again, it was January 1999 and my boyfriend (now my husband) and I were driving back to Colorado from a rock…

1 min.
paperless trail

YOUR SHOT You flooded our annual photo contest with incredible shots. Here are the top three photographs from our 2017 contest. Learn more about our contest on page 53 and enter our 2018 contest at nationalparktripsmedia.com . Grand Prize Wildlife Brown bear Lake Clark National Park ROGER TWILLEY • TULSA, OKLA. Grand Prize Landscape A beautiful night at Ruby Beach Olympic National Park MATT MEISENHEIMER • JANESVILLE, WIS. Grand Prize Night Skies The Milky Way rises boldly over Arch Rock Joshua Tree National Park TONY PRINCE • YUCCA VALLEY, CALIF. 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: MyGrandCanyonPark.com MyOlympicPark.com MyRockyMountainPark.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…

1 min.
the grandest canyon

Without the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon wouldn’t exist. The river carved the Grand Canyon, digging deep into 1.8-billion-year-old rock, the foundation of the North American continent. In doing so, it has revealed and erased 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, Grand Canyon is one of the most stunning. Its creator, the Colorado River, originates in Rocky Mountain National Park and has spent 6 million long, hard years sculpting Grand Canyon. In some places, the canyon is one mile deep and 18 miles wide. The canyon's sheer immensity is most likely just as soul-jarring as it was in 1919 when it became a national…

2 min.
the four sides of grand canyon

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 entrances. The closest town to the South Entrance is Tusayan, and the closest to the East/Desert View…

3 min.
park hazards

As you explore the Grand Canyon and other Southwest gems, know the safety hazards. For instance while the Grand Canyon is essentially a 4,000-foot drop-off, most of the park’s ledges are not fenced off. Here are some of the park's top hazards of which you should be aware. 1. Viewpoints Because the rim of the Grand Canyon sits about a mile above the Colorado River, there are many places to see incredible views. However, practice extreme caution near any and all edges. And don’t climb past park fences. Sadly, every year visitors fall to their deaths in the Grand Canyon. Some die trying to get a dramatic-looking photo too close to an edge while one in 2016 accidentally tripped. Practice common sense and be aware of where your children are at all…

6 min.
48 hours in the south rim

START YOUR MORNING WITH THE SUN Take a shuttle and watch the sunrise from Hopi Point, which extends farther out than any other point. HIKE THE CANYON'S ICONIC TRAIL Hike down Bright Angel Trail before it gets hot. This spectacular trail stretches 9.9 miles down the canyon, eventually reaching Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River. For a three-mile roundtrip hike, walk down to 1.5-Mile Resthouse and then retrace your steps. DINE IN STYLE Head to El Tovar Hotel, built in 1905, to eat an incredible breakfast in a rustic but elegant setting. Breakfast is served from 6:30-10:45 a.m. No reservations are necessary. ROCK ON Head to the Yavapai Geology Museum, a small building with large windows facing the North Rim. This gem presents a fascinating geological history of the canyon. FIND SOLITUDE ON A BIKE Rent a bike at…