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A Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon

Author's Note

Growing up in the American Southwest, I never really thought about the Grand Canyon. I've seen Royal Gorge, and a ton of other sites in Colorado and New Mexico, but despite spending most of my childhood in Phoenix, I didn't get to explore very much of it. It certainly wouldn't have occurred to me to hike down the Grand Canyon, even for a day trip, until researching this article. The idea of "reverse hiking" appeals to me, as well as the Skywalk, and I've already started putting together a fantasy itinerary for next summer that could end up becoming a real trip.

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