The Grand Canyon’s Most Popular Trail


The Grand Canyon is a source of awe and inspiration for the nearly 5 million people who visit it each year. The national park covers 1,904 square miles of land and offers fantastic opportunities for the backpacking crowd. The trails can become a hiker’s treasured memory or their worst nightmare. Canyon hiking requires much more preparation and precautions than just an average stroll through the woods. The Bright Angel Trail is sure to please those who just can’t wait to lace up their hiking boots again.

The Bright Angel trail is the most popular backpacking trail in the Grand Canyon. The whole entire trail roundtrip is 18.6 miles and is by no means recommended to be hiked in one day. The access to this trail can be found by walking west along the rim for about 5 minutes from the Bright Angel Lodge. The trail starts with a series of switchbacks that you’ll grow all too accustomed to. Shortly after starting you will pass through your first tunnel which has Native American pictographs on it. As you continue hiking you will be treated to amazing views of the canyon and have the satisfaction of seeing the top grow further and further away. The first stop on your way down is the mile and half resthouse, which made obvious by it’s name is a mile and a half down the trail. They provide water, a shaded resting area, restrooms, and an emergency telephone. Continuing on from there you will already have noticed the geology changing from the limestone that is at the top. When you look at the distant canyon walls you’ll be able to pick out all the different layers of rock. The next stop after the mile and half resthouse is the three mile rest house. They provide water, shade, and an emergency telephone but no restrooms. From there you are only about a mile and a half from Indian Gardens.

Indian Gardens is a lush oasis that is easily visible from the rim of the Grand Canyon. This is a perfect spot to stop and spend the night at one of the designated camping areas. Just be sure to reserve a mandatory backcountry permit long before your trip if you intend on staying overnight in the inner canyon. Here you will find a small creek, restrooms, camp sites, water, a ranger station, and an emergency telephone. You are also bound to see many lizards running around and the mule deer. This is an excellent spot to spend a few hours relaxing. Indian Gardens can be prone to flooding. In one of my overnight stays there I got caught in a torrential downpour that flooded the whole area. Fortunately the covered area overtop the picnic bench in my campsite provided a great place to throw my sleeping pad and sleeping bag and I was able to stay dry. If your traveling solo and Indian Gardens is your only overnight stay the picnic benches are a fantastic alternative to lugging around a tent.

From Indian Gardens your only about four and a half to five miles away from Phantom Ranch. If your an experienced hiker and in good shape Phantom Ranch is a great overnight destination. There is a canteen down there where you can buy a cold drink, snacks, a full meal, or even a souvenir. They also run nightly ranger programs. When I camped overnight there I missed the ranger program but the ranger was kind enough to take my friends and me on a guided scorpion hunt. Interesting fact: Scorpions glow in the dark under a black light. The campsites at Phantom Ranch line a creek that feels absolutely wonderful in the common 3 digit degree weather of the summer. The Bright Angel Trail ends at Phantom Ranch giving way to the North Kaibab which will lead up to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Hiking in the Grand Canyon can be one of the most rewarding yet arduous experiences of your life. It is never recommended that you hike all the way from the rim to the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon all the way and back in one day. Many people have died trying and you will see warnings against this posted by the National Park Service all over the place. The hot sun baking you all day long in over a hundred degree weather is enough to stop even the fittest athlete in their tracks. Take advantage of all of the rest stops along the way to get a break from the sun. Water is a necessity in such an unforgiving climate and it’s recommended that you drink half a quart to a full quart of water for every hour that your hiking in the heat. Also note that during off season times some of the water spigots are shut off at the rest houses, so be sure to check the availability of water before you hike. Hyponatremia, or low sodium levels in your blood, is a danger while hiking in the heat and can be avoided by being sure to eat plenty of salty foods. Hiking the Grand Canyon is an amazing experience that, if done safely and properly, will be a memory you can treasure forever.

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Birthday Gifts for Myspace

Myspace offers self-service advertising options that can be utilized by members of this social networking website. While businesses advertise products, you can use this service to create fun birthday gifts for Myspace friends. You are only charged when someone clicks on your ad. This gift idea does not have any sales goals and is similar to advertising messages on a blimp or screens at sporting events. However, you can still tie this into a larger birthday gift idea by linking to the recipient’s wish list.
Visitors can chip in to purchase a big ticket item or select small items to give your Myspace friends. Design an advertisement that displays birthday greetings. Get the recipient to make a list of gifts he or she wants for the upcoming birthday. Attach a link to one store that sells the requested merchandise online with your birthday advertisement.  I know some guys in Canadian web hosting who can help you.

Set your demographics to target the recipient when developing this Myspace Ads campaign. Invite other Myspace friends to check out your ads on the recipient’s birthday. This is one of the Birthday Gifts for Myspace that can be more memorable than a standard “Happy Birthday” profile comment.

Cafepress Myspace T-Shirts
There are dozens of funny Myspace T-Shirts available on the Cafepress website. They are inexpensive and make great Birthday Gifts for Myspace friends who love this social networking website. Get the shirt size of your intended birthday recipient and order one of the pre-designed Myspace T-Shirts from Cafepress. Many of these shirts only feature text while others have a combination of phrases and graphics. Some of the designs include “You Looked Better on Myspace”, “I Love Myspace” with hearts, “I want to be your Myspace friend with benefits” and “Don’t Drink and Myspace”. A lot of Cafepress Myspace T-Shirts cost between $17.99 and $24.99.

Customized Myspace Layout
Get your friends a customized layout that he or she can use at any time. There are tons of websites that provide free layouts and graphics but nothing is truly different. Ten or twenty other people could be using the same free layout that you and your friends choose. That is why exclusive customized layouts make useful Birthday gifts for Myspace friends. A web designer can design a custom layout that is made specifically to the recipient’s liking. The price for this type of service ranges from $80 to $500.

Support Myspace Friend Stores
One of the best Birthday Gifts for Myspace friends come in the form of mere support. If the recipient has store widgets or sells downloads on Myspace, purchase a product from them. This would be appreciated by Myspace members who are trying to promote their businesses or artwork online. You could also gather a few other people to purchase items from your friend’s page on their birthday. Many small business owners, musicians, craft artists and filmmakers would appreciate this gift on their birthday.