AZ: National park regulations pass test at Grand Canyon

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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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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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