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    Grand Canyon Association

    Grand Canyon Association

    Grand Canyon Association is the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, raising private funds to benefit Grand CanyonNational Park, operating retail shops and visitor centers within the park, and providing premier guided educational classes, hikes, and tours about the natural and cultural history of the region.

    Grand Canyon is a national treasure, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and an international symbol of nature’s grandeur. As the official charitable partner, Grand Canyon Association provides private funding to enable Grand Canyon National Park to raise the margin of excellence for educational programs and preservation, build innovation in Park services, and support the necessities not currently funded by federal dollars.

    Grand Canyon Association’s mission is to inspire people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations. We support Grand Canyon National Park in its goals to provide enriching and fulfilling visitor experiences and protecting the park for future generations. We will achieve this by establishing a continuous and growing funding stream, providing enhanced educational experiences, and engaging advocates for the park.

    When you step off the rim onto the Bright Angel Trail, you are walking in the footsteps of ancient people, pioneers, miners, adventurers and more recently visitors from around the world. Whether you hiked in Grand Canyon once or twenty times, the trails hold our unique memories of Grand Canyon. We are drawn to the trails to connect, escape, journey, recreate and much more.

    Due to steep terrain and Grand Canyon’s famous erosion, trails can degrade quickly. National Park Service trail crews with assistance from volunteer trail crews work together to keep Grand Canyon’s trails accessible and safe year round.

    In a canyon that, by its very nature, is constantly eroding, trail maintenance at Grand Canyon is truly challenging. The steep terrain and extreme climate makes maintaining the over 350 miles of Grand Canyon trails daunting: mules must haul equipment and materials in and out of the canyon and restoration has to be done by hand. Each year visitors by the tens of thousands experience the Canyon below the rim. In addition, backpackers log more than 90,000 nights annually.

    This multiyear fundraising project will allow trails enjoyed by many like Clear Creek, Tanner, Grandview, New Hance, Hermit and Thunder River trails to be restored.

    fundraising goal: $154,000
    funds raised as of November 30, 2015: $151,215
    http://www.grandcanyon.org/donate