We asked our favorite outdoor icons which national parks and monuments they love best. Here's what they had to say.
The Grand Canyon is in grave danger, despite its immortal place in the public imagination. The place faces threats from all sides, ranging from a massive development on the South Rim that will suck water extracted from the aquifer under the park, to the Navajo nation planning to build a massive tramway that would deliver 10,000 people per day to the bottom, to a uranium mine that just started production to the north, to growing, unregulated helicopter tourism in the west.
The canyon has always been a flashpoint for conversation about the protection of public lands, ever since Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument in 1908 (it became a national park in 1919).
Recommended by: Kevin Fedarko has immersed himself in the world of the Grand Canyon, leaving his job as a top editor at Outside magazine for his current job as a river guide. He is the author of The Emerald Mile, a book about the then fastest trip down the canyon during the floods of 1983 that almost brought down Glen Canyon Dam.Fedarko and photographer Pete McBride attempted to thru-hike the Grand Canyon in stages for National Geographic.