Tucson Volkssport Walking Klub
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK YEAR-ROUND WALK
"Voted one of the Top Ten Walks of 2007"
"Voted one of the Top Ten Walks of 2005"
AVA EVENT NUMBER: Y1376. One event. Note: you may receive IVV event credit once a day for this walk. You may receive IVV distance credit every time you do the walk. Note: there are two 10 km. trail options; however, only one event credit.
From I-17: Continue north under I-40 on Milton Rd./Hwy 89A to Exit 341; then the same as above.
PROCEDURE: In the Lobby look or ask for the Walk Registration box and follow the directions.
START/FINISH LOCATION: The walk begins at Yavapai Point in the Grand Canyon National Park which is an 80+-mile drive northwest of the Ramada Limited Suites. Driving directions to the park are given with the walk directions which are available below, and, at the Regiatration Location. There is an entrance fee (currently it is $25 if you do not have a Park Pass) to enter the National Park.
Here is a map of the Grand Canyon area. Click on the "+" to zoom in and enlarge the scale.
Here is a map (PDF) of Grand Canyon National Park.
NOTE: ENTRANCE FEE: there is currently a $25.00 per car fee to enter the national park. Annual passes are also available.
START/FINISH TIMES: You may participate in this walk any day of the year between sunup and sundown. During the hot summer months it is advisable to do this walk in the early morning, and to carry water and wear sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen.
DISTANCE: 10 km.
The East Trail Option goes along the East Rim Trail which is paved for about two thirds of the route. The other third of the route is on a rocky forest trail. It starts at Yavapai Point and follows along the edge of the Grand Canyon through more natural and undeveloped rim forest. The turnaround is at the South Kaibab Trailhead which offers another fantastic view of the canyon. The trail rating for this option is 3; the trail is not suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.
Other Web sites about the Grand Canyon include: GORP's, Bob Ribokas' site, Virtual Guidebook's, and Online Highways'.
A variety of animals and plants characteristic of the open forests of the Coconino Plateau may be seen along the walk. Some of the animals you may encounter include: mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, Abert squirrel, rock squirrel, and southern plateau lizard. Some of the birds you may see include: raven, nuthatch, mountain chickadee, pinyon jay, Steller's jay, white-throated swifts, and violet-green swallows. The forest consists mainly of ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, Utah juniper, and scrub oak. Other plant you may see include: cliff rose, banana yucca, Utah agave, dwarf mistletoe, and hedgehog cactus.
Here is a list of books about the Grand Canyon that are currently available (in print).
WATER & RESTROOMS: Water and restrooms are available at the Start/Finish Point and at several other locations along the trail. During the hot summer months it is advisable to carry water and wear sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen.
AWARD: There is no special award ("A" Award) for this event. An interesting assortment of medals and patches from previous events, "B" awards, depicting desert flora and fauna and historic sites is available.
IVV Credit only is $3.00.
You may walk for free if credit or award is not desired, but you must register and complete a start card.
You may do this walk one additional time the same day at no additional charge.
THIS WALK QUALIFIES FOR THESE AVA SPECIAL AWARD PROGRAMS:
-- Animal Safari.
-- Cities in Song.
-- Honoring Our Flag.
-- National Register of Historic Places.
-- Trekking With the Trees.
-- Walking the USA, A - Z.
AMERICAN AUTHORS AND LITERARY LANDMARKS SPECIAL AWARD: This walk qualifies for AVA's American Authors and Literary Landmarks Special Award Program. The walk passes many of the sites mentioned in the books Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide, by James Kaiser, 2006; The Grand Canyon Handbook: An Insider's Guide to the Park, by Susan Frank & Phil Frank, 2000; and Visiting the Grand Canyon: Views of Early Tourism, by Linda L. Stampoulos, 2004.
WALKING THE USA, A - Z SPECIAL AWARD: This walk qualifies for the letter "G" for AVA's Walking the USA, A - Z Special Award Program.
DISCLAIMER: The sponsor or the American Volkssport Association are not liable for accidents, thefts, and/or material damage. Every effort has been made by the sponsors to make this a safe and enjoyable walk.
ELIGIBILITY: This walk is open to everyone. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are allowed on the Rim Trail but must be leashed at all times.
WEATHER: Check here for weather conditions in the Grand Canyon National Park.
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