Where Not to Go in the Grand Canyon

Posted June 11, 2009 by Nicki Krawczyk

Grandcanyonfire If you’re looking to spend your summer vacation exploring one of nature’s most miraculous creations, you’d be hard pressed to find a better destination than the Grand Canyon. Similarly, if you’re looking spend your summer vacation getting burned to a crisp in a raging inferno, this could also be your ideal getaway choice.

Okay, okay, before the nasty letters from the National Parks Service start, that’s actually not entirely true. It’s valid to say that wildfires rage throughout the Grand Canyon. (Point: me). Buuuut, they’re also well monitored and managed (as well as can be) by one of the most active fire management programs in the National Park Service. (Point: them).

All of which brings me to today’s travel tip: How to avoid finding yourself in a fast-burn wildfire during your family vacation in the Grand Canyon. It’s easier than you’d think! First of all, don’t start one. Only you can prevent wildfires.

Second, take a look at the Grand Canyon’s regularly-updated Fire Information and Activity page on the National Park Service website. Here, you’ll find beyond-helpful information about exactly where fires are raging, plus downloadable fire activity and fire progression maps, and useful tips like “please do not stop or pull over in the vicinity of the fire.” (Though they don’t specifically say it, I will add my own tip to the mix: “Please do not touch the fire”. You’re welcome.)

If you’re so inclined, you can also hit up their website to find some interesting information about their fire management program and prescribed fires (planned fires) happening in the fall. All in all, an information-packed website for both the firebugs and the fire-avoiders in the family. I highly encourage you to peruse it for yourself prior to your Grand Canyon trip to glean current news and help to ensure that your vacation packages don’t include trips to the Burn Unit.

(Photo: www.eri.nau.edu)

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