Grand Canyon seeks changes as more visitors use back country

Grand Canyon seeks changes as more visitors use back country

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Hiking down the Grand Canyon’s most popular trails could require a permit and a few dollars under proposals for managing the park’s back country areas.

Millions of people visit the canyon each year, taking in the views from developed areas along the rim. Far fewer people venture into the 1.1 million acres that make up the backcountry, including anything below the rim.

Park officials are trying to get a better handle on how many people are walking down the trails and trying to ease congestion.

Three options for revising a 1988 back country management plan include a day-use permit for hikes more than five miles below the rim and a fee of about $5.

Another option would leave things as is. The public has 90 days to comment on the proposals.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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