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National Park Journal Grand Canyon 2020

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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

So, before I set off with my family this year to backpack from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim to the Colorado River nearly 5,000 feet below, I found it hard to imagine what our journey would look like deep within the canyon. Sure, we had hiked in the past with our kids along Bright Angel Trail to Mile-And-A-Half Resthouse, a mere 1.5 miles into the canyon. But what lay beyond was unknown. What we found was a continually changing landscape — green oases filled with shade-giving cottonwood trees, dry, unforgiving desert stretches, fields of purple prickly pear cactuses and white sand beaches along the Colorado River. We also discovered a vibrant community of people who live and work in the canyon, patrolling trails, cooking meals at Phantom Ranch Canteen, fixing water…

1 min.
insider's tips

ONLINE Visit MyGrandCanyonPark.MyGrandCanyonPark.comcomto find out where to stay and what to do during your vacation. Interested in exploring other national parks? Check us out at nationalparktrips.com. FREE 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. 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 nationalparktrips.com/workshops. ENEWSLETTER Sign up for our stunning weekly enewsletter when you are on MyGrandCanyonPark.com. We cover tips on how to avoid crowds, best sights along the way and more. SOCIAL facebook.com/nationalparktrips @nationalparktrips @nationalparktrips SOUTH RIM WEATHER: EXPECT VARIABLE CONDITIONS…

1 min.
grand canyon entrance fees*

Buy your pass at a park entrance station or at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Tusayan, Ariz. Purchase a digital pass online at recreation.gov or order a hard copy online at REI.com with no shipping costs. $35 fee for a seven-day vehicle pass $20 fee for walkers and cyclists for a seven-day pass $70 cost of a Grand Canyon Annual Pass $80 price of the Annual Pass for all national park sites $80 one-time fee for the Senior Pass (citizens 62 and up) $0 cost of a Military Pass (active military) and Access Pass (permanently disabled U.S. citizens) *Fees subject to change…

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 has 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…

2 min.
the four sides of grand canyon

NORTH RIM Perched between 8,000 and 9,000 feet, 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, Ariz., and the closest to the East/ Desert…

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 re-create that experience for people who want to 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…