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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Grand Canyon National Park, which is celebrating its centennial, is a monument to eye-catching natural beauty – and the value of government regulation.
Park rules deter miners, plans for dams, tramways that once hauled out bat guano for fertilizer and a gamut of other development dreams and schemes.
Rules dampen the impacts of park admirers, too. Visitation has soared from a trickle in the beginning to a record 6.25 million people entering the park in 2017. But rules have corralled the potentially disastrous impacts of 212 million visitors over 100 years, keeping this national park a mostly pristine four-season experience.
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