GREEN GUIDE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIKING THE GRAND CANYON

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If ever there was a place to bring out one’s inner John Muir, the Grand Canyon is it. The vast wilderness is captured from the South Rim, looking down into the chasm of the canyon. From that ledge Muir’s words while hiking Grand Canyon are easily felt: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”

While neither the steepest nor the longest canyon in the world, the Grand Canyon remains one of the world’s seven natural wonders. At 1,900 square miles, 227 miles long, and close to 18 miles wide, it looms colossal on many travel lovers’ bucket lists.

There are trails and adventures for every level of outdoor enthusiast. The first rule of thumb on any hiking trip is to hike smart. Planning ahead for your visit can save you time, energy, and even your life. The Grand Canyon can undergo extreme weather conditions and planning ahead can make the difference between an amazing journey or a life-threatening one. The National Park Service website provides many tools and tips for those preparing to tackle the Canyon including trail etiquette, backcountry updates, and trail closures. Respecting the wildlife, fellow hikers, and nature are all part of having a great travel adventure on the trail.

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