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Grand Canyon R2R Groups Will Now Need Permits

The popular route sees nearly 800 hikers per day on peak weekends.

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Grand Canyon National Park officials announced Wednesday that the park will begin requiring special use permits for all organized, non-commercial rim-to-rim hikes and trail runs beginning September 15.

In a statement, the park cited overcrowding as the primary reason for the new regulations. R2R hiking has gotten more popular in recent years, and the park estimates that the popular Bright Angel, South and North Kaibab corridor trails see an estimated 800 hikers per day on peak weekends in spring and fall. From the release: 

The measure is considered to be a stopgap solution until a comprehensive overhaul of the park’s management’s plan is completed later this year.

Read more: National Parks Traveler