Category Archives: GCPBA RiverNews – Current and archived news concerning river runners

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GCPBA River News 3/21/2020 – Grand Canyon National Park Suspends River Trips

Grand Canyon National Park has suspended all river rafting trips, including administrative, research, private and commercial trips, from March 24 through May 21.  The full text of the announcement is below. Permit holders of canceled trips received the following email … Continue reading

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GCPBA River News 2/23/2020 – Docks Proposed By The Navajo Nation

Greetings to all of you.  We have a report for you regarding new docks proposed by the Navajo Nation. Martin Begaye, Department Director at Navajo Parks and Recreation, Window Rock, Arizona, applied for a permit with the Army Corps of … Continue reading

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GCPBA River News 2/22/2020 – Proposed Dams On The Little Colorado River

Greetings to all of you.  GCPBA has two major topics to share with you, as separate emails, that we have been following and working on.  The first is a proposal by a company to build two dams on the Little … Continue reading

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Cooler Research Investigations

GCPBA board member Blakely LaCroix and Peter Werness, Ph.D. did a formal scientific analysis of the performance of coolers in different configurations.  Their released results are available here:

Article 1:  An Evaluation of Drained vs. Un-Drained Coolers.
Cooler Research Article 1 Drain vs No Drain

Article 2:  An Evaluation of Block ice vs. Cube ice.
Cooler Research article #2 - Block ice vs Cube ice

Article 3:  An Evaluation of Block ice vs. Bottle ice.
Cooler Research article#3- Block ice vs Bottle ice
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GCPBA RiverNews 5/7/2019 – Pay Phones At Phantom Ranch Are Permanently Gone

From GCPBA board member Dave Mortenson: Pay phones at Phantom Ranch are permanently gone! For those of you who have every hiked down or run the Colorado River and spent some time at Phantom Ranch will find this information interesting. … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 10/6/2018 – Grand Canyon Noncommercial River Trip Regulations Are Updated

Grand Canyon National Park recently updated their noncommercial river trip regulations.  The new regulations are dated October 2, 2018.  River trips are required by the Park to have a printed copy of the regulations with them at all times.  Regulations … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 7/3/2018 – Hualapai Reverse Decision To Issue Citations

GCPBA has been reporting on the intent of the Hualapai Nation to require Grand Canyon river runners buy permits to be on land along the left side of the Colorado River from river miles 164.5 to 287. The Hualapai claim … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 6/27/2018 – Hualapai Land & River Access Permits Followup​

As you may recall, two weeks ago GCPBA reported that the Hualapai Tribe is trying to institute a permit fee of $100 on river runners for using river left from mile 168 down to mile 287. (Read our RiverNews that … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 6/10/2018 – Hualapai Land & River Access Permits

The Hualapai Game and Fish Department sent out the following notice on June 4th: Public Notice:  Hualapai River Access Permit Checks Upstream Of Diamond Creek (RM225) The Hualapai Tribe will be conducting river access permits the week of July 9, … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 1/19/2018 – Grand Canyon To Remain Open During Government Shutdown

GCPBA had a conversation with Matt Vandzura, chief ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, Friday morning, January 19, 2018, regarding consequences for private river runners should a government shutdown happen later that day. He said to us that the word … Continue reading

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