Grand Canyon News You May Have Missed the Week of September 2nd, 2013

New Grand Canyon Mule Rides Offer Breathtaking East Rim Views.

Grand Canyon mule rides are one of the best ways to see the Grand Canyon.  Now, for the first time in more than 100 years, mule riders will be able to take in the spectacular scenery of the Grand Canyon National Park while traveling along the rim of the canyon.

Source: ExploretheCanyon.com

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Historic El Tovar, a Grand Icon at Canyon, is Getting  Another Face-Lift

The historic 78-room hotel, which opened in 1905 and has hosted U.S. presidents including Theodore Roosevelt and Bill Clinton, will close from Jan. 2 through April 10 for the renovation, taking the area’s premier lodging option out of the lineup into spring-break season.

Source:  AZ Central

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Blind Man Covers the Full Length of the Grand Canyon Kayaking

A blind Navy veteran from southwestern Indiana is celebrating the accomplishment of finishing a 226-mile kayaking trip covering the full length of the Grand Canyon.  Lonnie Bedwell of Dugger lost his sight in a hunting accident 16 years ago. He became involved with the Team River Runner veterans group last year and started going on kayaking trips with its members.

Source:  Wish TV

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The 8 Most Challenging Hiking Trails in America

Whether you’re up for tackling dangerously steep inclines or running into snow during the warmest months of the year, you’ll find your next weekend adventure among these trecherous treks.

Source: Men’s Fitness

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Major development outside Grand Canyon Hits Snag

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Thousands of tourists each day drive past Tusayan’s scattering of modest hotels, restaurants and gift shops, listening as helicopters buzz overhead on their way to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.    Developers have sought for decades to seize on the heavy traffic in the town of about 600, just outside the national park’s entrance.

Source:  AZ Star Net

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