From the bloggers at Roadtreking.
The Grand Canyon is on virtually everyone’s bucket list. I’ve had the good fortune to hike it several times; this puts me in a somewhat rarefied group. Of the 5 million annual visitors to the Canyon, only about 50,000 venture below the rim. Still, that’s a staggering number, considering that the Canyon is a very fragile desert environment. Signs from native tribes are still clearly visible, some 1,000 years after their departure, so the impact of 50,000 pairs of shoes is significant and long-lasting.
To protect the desert, the National Park System enforces a strict permit limit for people who want to spend the night below the rim. There are two ways you can spend the night at the bottom – carry a permit and a tent or stay at Phantom Ranch.
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