THE DRIVE TO GRAND CANYON - NORTH RIM
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August 14th, 2009 – by: mellemel8
FINALLY LEAVING THE VEGAS HEAT!!!!!
This will be my first time camping to the NORTH RIM. I went camping to the SOUTH RIM when i was 12. I just went on the WEST RIM 2 years ago. However, the WEST RIM belongs to the Hualapai Indian Nation. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
It was another hot day in Vegas. We left Vegas at 10:30am. We had to get gas and stop at Walmart to buy a trunk net for RJ (RJ82). RJ and drove to one of the hikers house, James to meet with 4 other hikers to drive to Grand Canyon. I hope I packed for the winter. Grand Canyon is high elevation about 8,000 feet. I brought a sweater and plenty of socks. I knew it was going to b cold.
The drive was about 4hrs. We took the 15 north to UT then AZ. the route was similar to driving to Zion National Park.
About Kaibab National Forest:
At 1.6 million acres (6,500 km²) the Kaibab National Forest borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon, in north-central Arizona. It is divided into three major sections: the North Kaibab Ranger District (offices in Fredonia) and the South Kaibab and are managed by USDA Forest Service. The South Kaibab is further divided into two forests, the Tusayan Ranger District (offices in Grand Canyon), and the Williams Ranger District (offices in Williams). The Grand Canyon is a natural boundary between the North Kaibab and the South Kaibab.
The Kaibab Plateau is an island surrounded by lower elevations. The plateau, with elevation up to 9,000 feet (2,700 m) is bordered on the south by the Grand Canyon, on the east and the west by tributary canyons of the Colorado River, and on the North by tiers of uplifted cliffs.
North Kaibab History
The North Kaibab Ranger District was part of the lands withdrawn from the public domain in 1893 and included in the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve. President Theodore Roosevelt created the Grand Canyon Game Preserve in 1906.
The South Kaibab includes the Tusayan Ranger District and the Williams Ranger District.
Vegetation in the forest varies by elevation and exposure.
Commonly seen large wild animals include kaibab deer, mule deer, elk, antelope, turkey and coyote. Mountain lion, bobcat, and black bear are seen less frequently.
Common small animals in Kaibab National Forest include chipmunks, ground squirrels and Abert's squirrels. Less common are porcupines, small lizards, and rattlesnakes. Most common birds are bluebirds, robins, Steller's jays, nuthatches, flickers and other woodpeckers, crows, various hummingbirds, ravens, and a variety of hawks. Bats also occupy the park.
There are four designated wilderness areas in the Kaibab National Forest. Two in the North Kaibab Ranger District and two in the Williams Ranger District.
* Kanab Creek Wilderness (North Kaibab Ranger District)
* Saddle Mountain Wilderness (North Kaibab Ranger District)
* Kendrick Mountain Wilderness (Williams Ranger District)
* Sycamore Canyon Wilderness (Williams Ranger District)
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