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Grand Canyon hikers wear masks on the South Kaibab Trail Dec. 10. Masks are now required on all federal lands.

President Biden signs order requiring masks in National Parks

Article Copyright © Wendy Howell / Williams-Grand Canyon News

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park? You better bring a mask.

GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA - President Joe Biden rolled out several executive orders last week, which included nationwide mask mandates in federal buildings and on federal lands.
These mandates are to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
"Wearing masks isn't a partisan issue - it's a patriotic act that can save countless lives," Biden said on Twitter. "That's why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property...
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Three generations of family. Left to right: Jake Tomlin, Brenda Halvorson, Elling Halvorson, Geoff Edlund.

Papillon celebrates 50 years of air tours at Grand Canyon

Article Copyright © Loretta Yerian / Grand Canyon News

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters celebrates 50th anniversary with the unveiling of one-of-a-kind "Golden Helicopter!"

GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM, ARIZONA - Papillon Group is celebrating 50 years of scenic flights in and around the Grand Canyon and unveiled its "Golden Helicopter" at Papillon's Boulder City Aerocenter in a five helicopter formation.
After the helicopters landed, members of the Hualapai Indian Tribe, a partner of the Papillon Group, blessed the golden 50th Anniversary helicopter.
On board will be three generations of the Halvorson family, including Elling Halvorson, chairman and founder of scenic flight tour group...
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The view of the Las Vegas Strip seen east from Mountain Vista Street at Whitney Mesa Drive in Henderson.

The 7 best places to propose in Las Vegas

Article Copyright © Jackie Valley / Las Vegas Sun

Before you pop Champagne, you have to pop the question!

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - A proposal involving a helicopter might seem like a scene out of reality TV, but according to Papillon Helicopters, it’s not that uncommon.
Raul De La Cruz, marketing supervisor for Papillon Helicopters, said groom-hopefuls have popped the question aboard helicopters circling the Las Vegas Strip and at the base of the Grand Canyon.
This grand gesture comes at a price, though. The Vegas Strip Tour is $104 per person or $624 total to charter the helicopter...
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Once operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, the railway's passengers included presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Franklin Roosevelt, and John Muir.

'Gateway to Grand Canyon' Aims to Take Tourists for a Ride

Article Copyright © The Bond Buyer / SourceMedia

Williams, home of the Grand Canyon Railway, is developing plans for a theme park that could cost $400 million.

WILLIAMS, ARIZONA - The "Gateway to the Grand Canyon," is developing plans for a theme park that could cost $400 million and help the town of 3,023 capture more revenue from the more than 4 million visitors to the canyon each year.
Williams is the home of the Grand Canyon Railway, a 65-mile excursion train to the canyon's south rim.
A $25 million Arizona State Railroad Museum would adjoin the amusement park, whose theme is yet to be determined...
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The eastern Grand Canyon was about half-carved (to the level of the red cliffs above the hiker) from 15 million to 25 million years ago.

Grand Canyon May Be Older (And Younger) Than You Think

Article by Nell Greenfieldboyce / Copyright © NPR

In recent years geologists have hotly debated the age of the Grand Canyon. Some think it's young (just 6 million years old), while others argue that it dates back 70 million years - to the days of dinosaurs.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA - Now one group says the Grand Canyon is neither young nor old. Instead, these geologists say, it's both.
In the journal Nature Geoscience, Karl Karlstrom, of the University of New Mexico, and some colleagues describe a new creation story for the Grand Canyon. They think that about 6 million years ago, a river zigzagging a path across the Colorado plateau found part...
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Visitors cast their shadows on a boulder while photographing the Grand Canyon from Mather Point.

National Park Service calls development plans a threat to Grand Canyon

Article by Julie Cart / Copyright © Los Angeles Times

At the rim of the Grand Canyon, busloads of Chinese tourists jostled on a recent day with twentysomething backpackers and an Amish family with rambunctious boys in suspenders and straw hats, all eager for a prime viewing spot.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA - They gazed out on a dizzying sight of receding canyons and sheer rock walls, with the Colorado River cutting though the canyon floor a mile down.
Generations of park managers have tried to preserve that natural vista, but officials here say a proposed development would alter the view...
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The Grand Canyon was first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve.

Grand Canyon

Article Copyright © A&E Networks

Located in northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is known throughout the world for its size and colorful landscape.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA - Measuring over 270 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, the canyon's walls contain rock layers that reveal a timeline of Earth's history.
It has been a locale for human use and occupation for millennia, with ruins and artifacts from inhabitants dating back nearly 12,000 years, In the early 1800s, trappers and expeditions sent by the U.S. government began to explore and map the canyon. It was first afforded...
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The Grand Canyon has become a geologic icon - a place where you can almost sense the invisible tectonic forces within the Earth.

Grand Canyon Geology Lessons on View

Article Copyright © NASA Earth Observatory

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station, as well as one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA - The steep walls of the Colorado River canyon and its many side canyons make an intricate landscape that contrasts with the dark green, forested plateau to the north and south.
The Colorado River has done all the erosional work of carving away cubic kilometers of rock in a geologically short period of time. Visible as a darker line snaking along the bottom of the canyon, the river lies at an altitude of 715 meters (2,345 feet)...
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Paved stretch of road leading to the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

Paved road to Grand Canyon Skywalk opens

Article by Felicia Fonseca / Copyright © Associated Press / AZ Central

Officials from the Hualapai Tribe gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial grand opening of a road that had been a major headache for tourists headed to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

GRAND CANYON WEST, ARIZONA - Crews recently paved the final 9-mile stretch of dirt and gravel that had tour operators complaining of broken windows, flat tires, missing hubcaps and dust.
Motorists now have a smooth drive to the tribe's premier tourist destination, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that gives visitors a view of the Canyon floor 4,000 feet below....
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