Looking forward to taking a mule ride into the Grand Canyon? Here’s some news from The Associated Press that mentions some changes in where mules will be allowed and how often people can ride them. It appears the National Park Service may be cutting off mule rides from some popular trails.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The number of commercial mule rides allowed at the Grand Canyon is going up, but the number of mules heading down the trails is decreasing.
Grand Canyon National Park officials say they’ve made permanent a trail ride that only goes along the canyon’s South Rim. That allows more visitors to have a mule ride experience.
The National Park Service had been analyzing options to keep mule rides while protecting historic trails into the canyon and cutting maintenance costs.
A stock use plan approved this month allows for up to 10,000 commercial mule rides at the South Rim and up to 8,000 such rides annually at the North Rim. That’s up from 8,315 and 7,072, respectively.
The plan cuts rides down the popular Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails.