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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Grand Canyon National Park

Drop into America's belly on a little-known hike that dips in and out of four different canyons, each blessed with gurgling spring water.

by: Annette McGivney

Above Thunder River's Headwaters (Greg Von Doersten)
Above Thunder River's Headwaters (Greg Von Doersten)
The Colorado River Winding Through the GC (Michael Clark)
The Colorado River Winding Through the GC (Michael Clark)
Indian Canyon (Elias Butler)
Indian Canyon (Elias Butler)
Photo by Ed Callaert
Photo by Ed Callaert

The Grand Canyon is not merely unique among American parks. It's unlike any place else on the planet, wild or not. The numbers–one mile deep, up to 20 miles wide, 277 miles long, and packed with 2 billion years of geologic history–barely scratch the surface. But what's truly amazing is that barely six percent of the 4-plus million annual visitors actually leave the roadside overlooks, leaving 95 percent of the park to hikers. The only other visitors, on mules or on rafts, rarely leave their restricted corridors. On foot, you'll encounter all of the Grand Canyon's gifts, from cliff-dancing bighorn sheep to hidden springs, and unmatched sunsets to awesome solitude.




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One of the things thats really annoyed me about Backpacker over the years is that they keep encouraging people to visit "my" secret places.

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