Grand Canyon bison: Some 350 bison now reside in the park but officials see them as a nuisance. The Grand Canyon bison have traveled into Mexican spotted owl habitat, knocked over walls at American Indian cliff dwellings below the North Rim, defecated in lakes and left ruts in wetlands,
Most scientists agreed that the Grand Canyon was carved 6 million years ago, until a study in 2012 used new data to argue that the canyon was actually 12 times as old. A new study tries to merge the old and new data into a single story.
Government shutdown over for Grand Canyon and other national parks. Can political leaders trying to solve the budget impasse and partial government shutdown take a lesson from the populist push to reopen America’s national parks?
401 national park units have been shuttered since Oct. 1, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the National Zoo. National parks will be allowed to reopen if states pay for park operations, officials announced Thursday.
Rangers have cited some who have crossed into national parks, which are all closed by the government shutdown. Gate-jumpers could face up to six months in jail, although land policy experts raise some questions.
The closure of national parks has arguably been the most public face of the government shutdown. Offers by state and private officials to help keep the Grand Canyon and other places open have been turned down.