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National Park Journal Grand Canyon 2019

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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

1 min.
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 river…

1 min.
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. Workshops Join us for our online and in-person National Park Photography Workshop series. With Tamron’s professional photographers, we offer instruction on how to take night skies, sunset and sunrise photos. Learn more at nationalparktripsmedia.com/photo-workshops . Facebook We want to hear from you. Share your experiences and view fantastic photos, quirky park stories and…

1 min.
the grandest canyon

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 Canyon In 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 in 1908 by President Theodore…

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…

1 min.
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 app relies…

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the south rim's top six

1. CLIMB A TOWER Take the shuttle east and climb Desert View Watchtower. As you climb four flights of stairs to the top of the 70-foot tower, check out the Hopi murals decorating the walls. 2. FIND SOLITUDE ON A BIKE Rent a bike at Bright Angel Bicycles and ride Hermit Road, which is closed to all traffic, except shuttles and official park vehicles. 3. 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. Reservations are recommended for dinner. 4. HIKE AN 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. 5. TOUR THE VILLAGE Take a self-guided architectural tour of…