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Atop the Desert View Watchtower at the Grand Canyon.
On Feb. 26 the Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years since it became a national park. With that status came many federal protections. Still over the last century the National Park Service has had to contend with many threats including dams, mines, climate change and development.
More Stories From The Grand Canyon
National Geographic writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer Pete McBride take a 650-mile hike through the canyon, and consider what proposed development projects in and around it would mean for one of the country’s most iconic landscapes.
Each year more than 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon, but only about 1 percent of them make it to the Colorado River at the bottom. An even smaller percentage of those visitors are Arizonans. KJZZ's Sarah Ventre shared what it was like to hike the Grand Canyon for the first time.
New research supports the long-held hypothesis that the Grand Canyon is as young as 6 million years. That’s what geologists originally believed before a different study claimed it was tens of millions of years older. The study compares the western Grand Canyon with the Grand Wash Cliffs.
In the early 1900s, two brothers, Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, saw an economic opportunity at the Grand Canyon. But it didn’t come without constant determination — much like the Kolb Studio itself, which has clung to the side of the Grand Canyon for more than a century.
In the early 1900s brothers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb saw an economic opportunity at the Grand Canyon. But it didn’t come without constant determination, much like the Kolb Studio itself, which has clung to the side of the Grand Canyon for more than a century.
Want to feel like you're on a whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon without getting wet? Google has taken its all-seeing eyes down the Colorado, through the Canyon, in a partnership with the advocacy group American Rivers.

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