Grand Canyon Backcountry Camping


Grand Canyon Backcountry Camping

The Grand Canyon National Park is a U.S. National Park located in the state of Arizona. The Park encompasses the Grand Canyon and the surrounding rim areas. The Park maintains an intricate trail system both above and below the rims of the canyon. To properly maintain and supervise the many trails and campgrounds in the backcountry of the Grand Canyon, Park implemented a system of zoning the different areas of the canyon and the surrounding rim area into backcountry "use areas," designated by a two-letter, one-number code system.

This code is used when applying for the required permits for any backcounty overnight camping and backpacking. Permits must be purchased from the Park for any overnight camping done in the within its borders. When applying for a permit, the permit-holder declares his/her intended camping schedule, by using the code for each area he/she intends on camping in, and stating how many days he/she will remain in the area.

The Park also created rules and regulations to help protect and preserve the the Grand Canyon. These rules and regulations, such as Leave No Trace, range from limits on the amount of campers in one area, to rules that the campers must follow for safety and protection of the wildlife and wilderness. This system helps to assure the Grand Canyon remains one of the world's great wonders.

Backcountry Regulations

Camping Limits

Backcountry Zones

* Corridor This type of trail is recommended for new Grand Canyon hikers. There is a high density of hikers in an established area. There are permanent structures, bathrooms, clean water, trail markings, bridges, emergency phones, and ranger stations.
* Threshold This type of trail is recommended for experienced Grand Canyon hikers only. There is a medium density of hikers in a fairly established area. There are non-permanent structures, bathrooms, signs, although most trails are unmaintained and there is minimal water.
* Primitive This type of trail is recommended for highly experienced Grand Canyon hikers only. There is a low density of hikers with very limited establishment. There are no structures and all the trails and routes are unmaintained and there is very little water present.
* Wilderness This type of trail is recommended for expert Grand Canyon hikers only. There is a potential for little to no contact with other hikers. Advanced route finding ability is required, as most trails are indistinct or non-existent and there is little to no water.

*Special permits are required from the Navajo Tribal Parks Department for the Marble Canyon use areas:
SF9, SI9, SH9, SG9 and the portion of the use area BA9 north of the confluence of the Little Colorado River.

References

* [http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/gc_use.htm Grand Canyon Explorer]
* National Geographic Maps Trails Illustrated: Grand Canyon National Park
* [http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/gc_ucode.htm#camp_type Camp Type]

ee also

* The Grand Canyon
* List of trails in Grand Canyon National Park
* Colorado River

External links

* [http://www.nps.gov/archive/grca/backcountry/pdf/permit-request.pdf]
* [http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/gcbcmap.htm Map of Use Areas]
* [http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm]


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