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Park Service to Cut Back on Grand Canyon Mule Rides

This blog post was updated on October 18, 2018.

Mule rides at the Grand Canyon will soon be drastically cut (Image: Wikimedia)

The National Park Service has announced that it will drastically cut back the number of mule rides offered at the Grand Canyon.


Citing complaints from hikers and trail erosion as the main concerns, the park service said it will cut the number of mules on Bright Angel Trail from 40 per to day to just 10.


The mules have been a popular attraction on the south rim for decades.


Longtime Grand Canyon mule skinner Ron Clayton was one of many people unhappy with the park service’s decision.


He told the Arizona Daily Sun, “I feel like the Grand Canyon is a gift to people, and when you start restricting usage you make it almost impossible for elderly people to get down into the canyon, or the handicapped.”


Source: USA Today

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