CANYON, Ariz. - There are several places along its 277-mile course to
hike to the bottom and back of the Grand Canyon.
them are hot, dry, require great gear and are as scenic as any place
in the United States.
my first bottom-and-back hike in October. I skipped the national park
near Flagstaff, Ariz., because requisite backcountry hiking and
camping permits were all taken a year before I called.
was a lucky thing. As it turned out, the government was shut down
when I hiked, and I would have been out of luck, as the Grand Canyon
National Park was closed.