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January 5th, 2012
If riding a mule down the Grand Canyon sounds too drastic, and river rafting is just not your thing, consider hiking part of the Canyon. Many have found hiking to be one of the most peaceful, beautiful and enjoyable ways to see the Canyon while toning up. And best of all, it’s cheap! There are many different free trails you can take on either the North Rim or the South Rim. All of them have spectacular views of the canyon.
One of the main issues involved in any hike, is safety. Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and food. Only the South Kaibab, Bright Angel, and North Kaibab trails are patrolled on a regular basis for anyone in trouble. These three trails make up the Corridor Trails, and are some of the more popular trails. They go all the way down into the canyon, to the only bridges that span the Colorado River. The Corridor Trails offer fascinating views, reliable water sources, good camping, as well as the chance to change to different trails. This set of trails is good for those who have not hiked in the canyon before, as well as for more experienced and hardcore hikers.
If taking off on your own sounds difficult and you don’t want to risk it, no worries! There are many available tours to be taken, at a small cost of course. Many of these provide lodging and food, or if the tour is not overnight, water at least. Ranger led day hikes take place daily along the Rim Trail, and are an year-round occurrence. Taking a trip with a ranger offers many advantages. For example, most of the Rangers have been working in the Grand Canyon for multiple years and are very knowledgable concerning plants and animals in the region. They will be more than glad to share their information with you.
There are so many ways to experience the Grand Canyon that doing everything is near impossible unless you spend your whole life on its rim. But out of them all, walking the gorgeous trails is one of the best ways to get in touch with the nature of the canyon, the spirit that has inspired so many writers and poets. Walk on that red dirt, smell the sage on the wind, hear the call of the condor, and fall in love all over again with the Grand Canyon!