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A Visit to the Grand Canyon

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

RESOURCES
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK'S general information line is 520/638-7888. Its two Web sites are www.thecanyon.com/nps/ and www.nps.gov/grca/. From these you can click to specialized pages about the park's new transit and greenway programs, and to a lavish file of downloadable canyon photos.

THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY'S www.nationalgeographic.com offers both a "Destinations" page and a "Books" page loaded with insights, tips, and maps.

THE GRAND CANYON TRUST SITE, www.grandcanyontrust.org, has the most reliable environmental information about the health of the Grand Canyon.

FROMMER'S GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK by Alex Wells (Macmillan) can direct you to little-known wonders, such as Buckey O'Neill's cabin and the Havasupai rock paintings on Bright Angel Trail.

BELKNAP'S WATERPROOF GRAND CANYON RIVER GUIDE (Westwater Books) by Buzz Belknap and Loie Belknap Evans is useful to have on a rafting trip because, along with copious lore about the rocks, river, and river runners, it compactly contains detailed maps of every single mile of the canyon.

HOTELS
The central reservations line for most Grand Canyon hotels is 303/297-2757. Another number to know is 520/638-2631, which connects callers to the front desks at both North and South Rim hotels (these sometimes have more up-to-date info on room availability).

NORTH RIM
GRAND CANYON LODGE DOUBLE-occupancy "frontier cabins" from $78; doubles in the motel from $84; family-size "pioneer cabins" from $91; deluxe "rim cabins" $104.

BAR 10 RANCH 435/628-4010; $128 per person, including meals and activities.

SOUTH RIM
EL TOVAR Doubles from $116; family of four from $130.

BRIGHT ANGEL LODGE Doubles from $46; family of four from $63; Buckey O'Neill cabin suite $234.

MOQUI LODGE 520/638-2424; doubles from $94. Located just outside Grand Canyon National Park, on the way to Tusayan. Trail rides by horse, mule, or wagon are available to guests and nonguests starting at $25.

OUTFITTERS
ARIZONA RIVER RUNNERS 800/477-7238; Three-Day Escape, $725 per person.

PAPILLON GRAND CANYON HELICOPTERS 800/528-2418; $461 per person round-trip to the Havasupai reservation; $503 per person round-trip with overnight Havasupai Lodge stay included. Every summer the South Rim's little Grand Canyon National Park Airport—located just off Route 64 as you enter the town of Tusayan—becomes the second-busiest airport in Arizona.

HAVASUPAI TOURIST ENTERPRISE 520/448-2141. You can arrange for guides like Dianna Sue Uqualla and make camping reservations through this office.

HAVASUPAI LODGE 520/448-2111; doubles from $80; family of four from $96, plus $20 per person reservation entrance fee.

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