"In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it."
                                                                                                                                                                                         Theodore Roosevelt
When you visit the Grand Canyon National Park remember a few rules are to be observed:
  • Leave what you find and leave it in a better condition than you found it (if possible).
  • Carry out everything you carried in.
  • Do no harm.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Be kind to those around you.
  • Plants, rocks, artefacts and animals should be left where you found them so that others can enjoy the discovery as well. Respect all wildlife.

  • Also, please do not stack rocks, called cairns, as the movement of rocks can cause washouts and erosion issues along a trail and can confuse hikers.

  • Pack out and dispose of all trash properly. Even “natural” waste such as apple cores and fruit peels should be carried out with you.

  • If traveling with a pet, keep it on a leash, and observe any wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.

  • Stay on the trails.

For more information on sustainability and how to preserve the Grand Canyon, check out the Grand Canyon National Park website.