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The Grand Canyon - Cicerone guidebook to Walking in America's Southwest

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17 Jan 2008
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
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The Grand Canyon

with Bryce and Zion Canyons in America's South West

by Siân Pritchard-Jones, Constance Roos, Bob Gibbons
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to 80 hiking routes and trails in America's Grand Canyon. Whether you are seeking easy strolls, or more challenging walks, this guide enables you to plan everything from day walks to extended hikes in Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks.

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The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world. Its 277-mile length is protected by 1.2 million acres of national park. The fabulous views of nature's sculpture are known world-wide - indeed are even better than our wildest imaginings. The walking trails are equally awesome. Many are serious endeavours only for the most experienced trekkers.

The American South-West hosts a profusion of national and state parks and wildernesses. It boasts a seemingly endless variety of deep canyons, deserts high and low, snow-capped mountains and raging rivers. The Grand Canyon is only the largest of these canyons; the smaller Zion and Bryce National Parks are less famous, but lose nothing in comparison.

All the walking trails in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park are described. In Grand Canyon National Park, all the maintained and non-maintained rim-to-river trails and rim trails are covered as well. This guidebook provides information on how to link together several trails in order to convert day-walks into long-distance walks.

Come and view this magnificent corner of the United States. Walk the high country of Zion and veer down into the valley from atop its towering red walls. Weave amidst the hoodoos of Bryce and descend into the hidden depths of the Grand Canyon. Walkers can easily steer clear of crowds and enjoy the backcountry in relative isolation.

  • Seasons
    Spring and autumn are best. Summers are very hot (and crowded on the rim and viewpoints). Winters can have snow for extended periods.
  • Centres
    Access is via Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Flagstaff
  • Difficulty
    Quite a range, from gentle walks on the Canyon rim to long, arduous and steep treks in a tough (and perhaps hot, perhaps cold) desert environment.
  • Must See
    Where to start? The views are incredible in all the canyons. The walking trails are awesome, and some are serious endeavours.
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1 Using this book
2 Visiting the SouthWestern United States
3 Equipment and special hazards
4 Visiting Grand Canyon National Park
5 Walking in Grand Canyon National Park
6 Grand Canyon National Park: South Rim, rim-to-river trails
Table of Trails
South Bass Trail
Hermit Trail
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail
Grandview Trail
New Hance Trail
Tanner Trail
7 Grand Canyon National Park: North Rim, rim-to-river trails
Table of Trails
Thunder River and Bill Hall Trails, with Deer Creek Extension
North Bass Trail
North Kaibab Trail
Nankoweap Trail
8 Grand Canyon National Park: trans-canyon trails, North and South Rim
Table of Trails
Escalante Route: Tanner Canyon to New Hance Trail at Red Canyon
Tonto Trail: New Hance Trail at Red Canyon to Hance Creek
Tonto Trail: Hance Creek to Cottonwood Creek
Tonto Trail: Cottonwood Creek to South Kaibab Trail
Tonto Trail: South Kaibab Trail to Indian Garden
Tonto Trail: Indian Garden to Hermit Creek
Tonto Trail: Hermit Creek to Boucher Creek
Tonto Trail: Boucher Creek to Bass Canyon
Clear Creek Trail
9 Grand Canyon National Park: South and North Rim trails
South Rim Trails
Rim Trail
Shoshone Point Trail
North Rim Trails
Cape Royal Trail
Cliff Springs Trail
Cape Final Trail
Ken Patrick Trail
Bright Angel Point Trail
Transept Trail
Widforss Trail
Uncle Jim Trail
10 Grand Canyon National Park: long-distance routes
Table of Routes
Boucher Trail to Hermit Trail Loop
Hermit Trail to Bright Angel Trail Loop
Cross-canyon: North Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Trail
Grandview Trail to South Kaibab Trail
Escalante Route: Tanner Trail to Grandview Trail
Kanab Canyon to Thunder River Route
11 Visiting Zion National Park
12 Walking in Zion National Park
13 Zion National Park: Kolob Canyons trails
Table of Trails
Timber Creek Overlook
Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail
La Verkin Creek Trail
Kolob Arch Trail
Willis Creek Route
Hop Valley Trail
14 Zion National Park: West Rim trails
Table of Trails
Wildcat Canyon Trail
Northgate Peaks Trail
West Rim Trail
15 Zion National Park: Zion Canyon trails
Table of Trails
Gateway to The Narrows or Riverside Trail
Up the Narrows to Orderville Canyon
Weeping Rock
Hidden Canyon and Observation Point
Angels' Landing via Scout Lookout
Emerald Pools
Court of the Patriarchs
Sand Bench Horse Trail
Par'us Trail
The Watchman
16 Zion National Park: East Rim trails
Table of Trails
Canyon Overlook Trail
East Rim Trail
East Boundary to Echo Canyon Trail
East Mesa Trail
Stave Spring Junction to Cable Mountain and Deertrap Mountain Trails
17 Zion National Park: Southwest Desert
Table of trails
Chinle Trail
Huber Wash
18 Zion National Park: long-distance routes
Table of Trails
Across Zion via Hop Valley and the West Rim
The Zion Narrows
East Rim Trail via Cable and Deertrap Mountains
19 Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park
20 Walking in Bryce Canyon National Park
21 Bryce Canyon National Park: Canyon and Rim trails
Table of Trails
Fairyland Loop
Queen's Garden Trail
Navajo Loop
Rim Trail
Peekaboo Loop
Bristlecone Loop
Riggs Spring Loop
22 Bryce Canyon National Park: long-distance and connecting trails
Long-distance Trails
Connecting Trails
Under the Rim Trail
Sheep Creek Connecting Trail
Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail
Whiteman Connecting Trail
Agua Connecting Trail
A Long-distance Routes Summary Tables
B Useful Addresses
C Local Facilities
D Author's Favourite Walks
E Sample Backcountry Permit Request Form
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