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Grand Canyon Trail Run

How about a trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon? I have been thinking about this for a while and thought it would be a fun trip with some more Commanders.

There is a road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon from Peach Springs, AZ (Radiator Springs in the movie cars) and you can even camp there if you wanted to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQvK9_AYRxI

The Road: The track down to the Colorado starts from the end of a residential street at the northeast edge of town; for the first few miles, the road passes along a dry, dusty stream bed in a small canyon, past clumps of trees and bushes, and then crosses more open land with scattered cacti - close to the springs after which canyon and town are named. The canyon proper starts 6 miles from town - the road through it is quite straight and the surface is fine for normal cars although a bit uneven in places. As the canyon deepens, the types of cacti and other plants change noticeably, especially in early summer when they are in flower. There are distinct bands of large white lilies, clusters of purple echinocacti, various colors of opuntia, and finally ocotillo and large ferocacti at the lowest elevations near the river.

Diamond Creek: The surrounding cliffs become steadily higher and more impressive, and several side canyons join from both sides, including the ominous-sounding Hells Canyon. The last branch is Diamond Creek Canyon, which has water flowing through all year round. The road then crosses the creek about 6 times, and for a short distance runs along the streambed. The water was at most 4 inches deep in late June, but may of course be much deeper at other times. There is a car park and camping area just before the first stream crossing. 1.5 miles after the creek is first encountered, the road emerges onto a wide, sandy beach beside the Colorado river, a total journey time of almost 2 hours.

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All travel off the main road into the Hualapai Reservation requires a permit; the cost was increased in 2008 to $16 per person. They may be purchased from the Hualapai Lodge, in the center of Peach Springs on US 66.

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Sounds fun...Dont know if I will have time but keep me posted on dates if you can get enough people interested. Im thinking about going through that way to Colorado in July, but could possible get down there before that
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Sounds like fun, never been down there. Have to see how the job & money are then, but if they're good, I'm in!

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That's not too far from here. I'd be up for it! I voted for the March dates, but would be available most weekends. Maybe I could round up the other Vegas guys and we could caravan down!
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My shift changed at work (I get to set my own schedule) So almost any weekend would work and as I said you can camp at the river so an overnight would be great.



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Sounds awesome... my dad and I have been talking about me making a road trip your way to haul a trailer for him, I will keep checking the thread in case by some chance I can make it I will.

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I called the lodge to get info for july and the permits are $20.00 a person now. Let us know what weekend you guys are planning on going
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