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National Park Journal Grand Canyon Journal 2017

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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.
paperless trail

After months of work, we are excited to launch the Grand Canyon edition of the National Park Journal, the first of our four magazines to be completely redesigned. We want this magazine to inspire you to hit the road and discover off-the-beaten paths, people and places — all the things that transform a long drive to the Grand Canyon into an adventure of a lifetime. One of those places is Peach Springs, Ariz., home to the Hualapai Indians. The Hualapai are the only tribe to own a river-running company and offer one of the few one-day, Grand Canyon rafting trips. Last summer I rafted through the canyon with tribal guides and took a helicopter from the river to the rim of Grand Canyon West. It truly was a trip of a…

2 min.
paperless trail

Web Visit mygrandcanyonpark.com as an indispensible source for planning incredible road trips. We cover where to stay, what to do and the interesting characters who shape the Southwest. Are you interested in exploring other national parks? Get our best tips online at these websites. MyGrandCanyonPark.com MyOlympicPark.com MyRockyMountainPark.com MySmokyMountainPark.com MyYellowstonePark.com MyYosemitePark.com MyUtahParks.com Start planning your dream vaca- Trip Planner tion by requesting our Grand Canyon Trip Planner online. It will arrive in your mailbox and give you the nuts-and-bolts of what to do to and how to get there. You also can request vacation planning materials from our partners across the Southwest. Events Join us for our Night Skies Photo Workshop series held in and near national parks. In partnership with Tamron’s professional photographers, we offer in-the-field instruction on how to take great night skies, sunset and sunrise photos. Learn more at nationalparktrips.com/photo-workshops Enewsletter Don’t forget to…

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the three sides of grand canyon national park

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 aspens. 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 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 Entrance is…

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park pass

A pass costs $30/vehicle at the Grand Canyon National Park entrance stations and is valid for seven days at the North and South rims. You also can purchase the Grand Canyon National Park Annual Pass for $60 for unlimited visits to the park for 12 months. Planning on visiting more than one park this year? Consider the America the Beautiful annual pass for $80. Don’t forget fourth-graders and their families get in free. Print out a paper voucher at everykidinapark.goveverykidinapark.gov and present the voucher at a national park entrance station to get your one-year pass.…

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park hazards

As you explore the Grand Canyon and other Southwest gems, know the safety hazards in the areas you are exploring. 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 in which you should be aware. 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…

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24 hours in the south rim

6 A.M. Take a shuttle and watch the sunrise from Hopi Point, which extends farther out than any other point. 9 A.M. Hike down Bright Angel Trail before it gets hot. This incredible 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. 8 A.M. 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. 11:15 A.M. 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. 12:30 P.M. Rent a bike at Bright Angel Bicycles and ride Hermit…