Safety Tips in Grand Canyon National Park

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    One deep, hot hole

    by goodfish Updated Nov 24, 2011

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    Safety in and around the canyon is not to be taken lightly.

    The park does its level best to beat this into any head dense enough not to get it on its own: stand here and look down - any questions?

    Barriers around vantage points are there for a reason. Keep a close eye and a tight grip on your kiddies and enjoy the canyon from safe spots the NPS has provided.

    Never try to hike to the bottom and out on a whim: you must have the right equipment, a permit for overnight camping, and time the hike to be off the trail at the hottest part of the day. Temperatures rise as you descend and can well exceed 100 degrees in summer at-or-near the canyon floor. Heat exhaustion/dehydration can slap you upside the head in a hurry and it's big-time expensive (not to mention embarrassing) if the NPS has to haul you out because you didn't heed the anything-but-fine print.

    Wear sturdy shoes with good tread if leaving the paved sections of the trails. The terrain is rocky, uneven, and can be loose or slippery.

    Drink lots and lots of water. Then drink some more.

    Pack along a good supply of healthy snacks.

    Cover your head and use sunscreen.

    This is not a good place to get schnockered. Drink responsibly. Stay away from the edge if you're seeing two of it.

    And lastly, don't ever back up with a camera without looking behind you first. Know where your feet are in proximity to the rim. Yes, this has actually happened.

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    High and dry

    by goodfish Updated Nov 24, 2011

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    South Rim elevations are around 7000 feet, and the North Rim is over 8000 (8,803 ft at Point Imperial). People coming from much lower elevations are going to feel it so go easy and give yourself a day or so to adjust.

    If you choose to combine your North Rim trip with Zion and Bryce, you might want to do Zion first (lowest elevation), then Bryce (points over 8000 feet) and then The North Rim (all over 8000 feet). This way you'll adjust to increasingly higher altitudes as you go.

    It's cooler on the North than on the South Rim but if you descend on any below-the-rim trails, it'll get a lot warmer as you go down. Needless to say, if hiking to the bottom in the summer, you're going to get good and hot - plan and pack accordingly, and get a permit (see "One deep, hot hole" tip).

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    Wood Burns

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 23, 2009

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    There were at least 5 different areas in the park that had fire damage to the trees and environment. All were along side the roadways, leading an investigator to say it was human caused. What a shame that there are careless or unheeding soles. There were hundreds of acres burned, and some right to the cliff edges.

    Regrowth of green groundcover Older tree burn now all dead
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    don't feed the squirrels

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 5, 2009

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    Not all squirrels are begging for hand outs as this one dutiful great climber proves but at popular spots like lookouts and even hiked to viewpoints, there are often little beggers who should be ignored and certainly not fed. This leads to unnatural behavior on the squirrel's part. The snacks in question are generally not good even for humans and when you factor in the size of the squirrel, a few M & M's is like us ingesting ten gallons of ice cream. We saw some people hand feeding them, often as bribes to get a good picture of them. If you want close ups, buy yourself a decent zoom and wait it out. It's not like it's a leopard or gorilla. It's a squirrel.

    I know he's cute but....
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    Ride a mule or walk

    by SLLiew Updated Oct 19, 2006

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    It seems like a lot of fun riding a mule down the trail to Grand Canyon.

    But it seemed a bit scarry to be on a mule. You have to navigate through the traffic and one mis-step could be a tumble over the edge. So we decided to walk.

    But if you want to ride, there are some other precautions besides overcoming your natural instincts and fears.

    You must be in good shap. Your height is at least 4' 7" tall. Your weight is under 200 pounds. You understand "cowboy English." You are not pregnant.

    And appropriately attired.

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    Plane flight versus a helicopter flight.

    by Jerelis Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    When we were planning our trip through the South West of U.S.A., we were looking for a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. That was something we definately wanted to do. We were a bit disappointed about the fact that we were not able to book any tickets or flight via the internet.

    Once we arrived at the airport we were glad we didn't. Take a look at the next figures:

    Helicopter flight:
    * Price: 90 USD per person;
    * Flight time: 20 minutes.

    Plane flight:
    * Price: 75 USD per person;
    * Flight time: 45 minutes.

    That wasn't a difficult decision to make ...

    Grand Canyon Airport, Grand Canyon AZ 86023

    Scenic Airlines are located in the main terminal of the Grand Canyon Airport.

    Relinde before entering the plane.
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    Flat Fotographs

    by grandmaR Updated May 15, 2005

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    In the summer, do most of your landscapes early in the morning or late in the evening. Otherwise, all the nooks and crannies will tend to blend into each other and you won't get any sense of the depth. During the day, concentrate more on closer-up details.

    This picture was taken in early October, so the sun wasn't as directly overhead, but it isn't as dramatic as it would be if there were deeper shadows.

    In order to get a better picture, you can use contrast, where one side of the canyon will be lit with bright sun and the other side in dark shade.

    The website gives other photography tips.

    Grand Canyon in October 1966
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    Pack out your trash

    by goingsolo Written Apr 26, 2004

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    The Grand Canyon is one of our most popular national parks and it receives millions of visitors per year. There are no cleaning crews here. In order to make sure it remains unspoiled, everyone who hikes and camps is required to pack out their trash.

    Pack it in and pack it out

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