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Grand Canyon - Stopping Grand Canyon Tramway

  • Aerial view of proposed Escalade development site and tramway route to the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado river. 

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  • Roadside Save the Confluence photo mural by Chip Thomas

    Deon Ben
  • Grand Canyon Trust’s Deon Ben interviewing grandmother and Save the Confluence family member Mary Martin during KTNN radio broadcast.

    Roger Clark
  • Photo mural unveiling with Renae Yellowhorse and Chip Thomas.

    Save the Confluence
  • Renae Yellowhorse and author Kevin Fedarko preparing for live broadcast on National Public Radio’s “On Point” broadcast

    Roger Clark
  • Hopi chairman Hopi Honanie speaking with inter-tribal member of the Save the Confluence coalition.

    Rosanda Seutopka
  • Save the Confluence coalition members in downtown Flagstaff

    Lynn Hamilton

Stopping Grand Canyon tramway with Save the Confluence

Developers are proposing a 1.4-mile tramway that would take up to 10,000 visitors a day in gondolas to the sacred Confluence, where turquoise waters of the Little Colorado River merge with the Colorado. Save the Confluence is a coalition of local Navajo families, supported by the Trust, who are opposing this large destination resort and tram on the canyon’s East Rim. Our Native America program helps protect tribal ways of life › 

Grand Canyon - Fighting Existing Uranium Mines

  • Surrounded. Grand Canyon National Park and the public land surrounding it are encircled by uranium mines and claims. View the complete map in our resources section.

    Stephanie Smith
  • Opened in 1989 and still un-reclaimed in 2014. Radioactive dust from this mine contaminates Kanab Creek, a major tributary to the Grand Canyon

    Michael Collier
  • Havasupai council woman Coleen Kaska with "No Mines" button at congressional hearing at the Grand Canyon

    Amanda Voisard
  • Grand Canyon Trust's Executive Director Bill Hedden watches as Navajo river guide Nikki Cooley testifies against uranium mining

    Amanda Voisard
  • Havasupai elder Stanley Manakaja drums for a round dance on the canyon's South Rim in support of banning uranium mining around the Grand Canyon

    Amanda Voisard
  • Carletta Tilousi testifying before Rep. Grijalva's Committee on Natural Resources

    Amanda Voisard
  • Public use is now prohibited on national forest land occupied by Canyon Mine.

    Roger Clark

Fighting existing uranium mines in Grand Canyon’s Watersheds

Federal and state agencies permit mines that opened during the 1980s to open and close at will as uranium prices fluctuate. Havasupai and Trust attorneys are challenging the Canyon Mine, located within the Red Butte sacred area. We are asking for closure and clean-up of these “zombie” mines that have been threatening Grand Canyon watersheds for decades. View a map of uranium mines and claims around Grand Canyon ›

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Grand Canyon - Defending the 20-Year Ban

Defending the 20-year ban on new uranium claims

In 2012, our sustained campaign convinced the Secretary of the Interior to issue a 20-year ban on new uranium claims on more than a million acres of public lands adjacent to Grand Canyon. Now we are defending against legal and political challenges by the mining industry and seeking to make the ban permanent through additional administrative authority or legislation. Read more ›

Grand Canyon - Preventing Chronic Threats

  • Noise from more than 60,000 air tours per year drone out Grand Canyon's natural quiet.

    Dennis Brownridge
  • Owing to Trust advocacy, periodic high flows released from Glen Canyon Dam now help to restore beaches and breeding habitat for endangered fish.

    Tom Bean
  • Pollution plume from the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station trailing southeasterly into Grand Canyon.

    Ted Grussing

Preventing chronic threats to Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon Trust was conceived in 1981 when a handful of visionaries, floating on dories through the Grand Canyon, felt an urgent need to do more to protect it. These threats have not gone away – if anything they have become more ominous.  Noise from air tours, pollution from coal plants, development plans on the very rim of the Canyon, and other affronts continue to mar the Grand Canyon’s integrity. We have fought and will continue the fight to protect the spectacular vistas, wild places, wildlife species, and fragile ecosystems that are Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Blog

01/23/15

The Grand Canyon is a National Park, a World Heritage site, and homeland to other cultures; so showing a little respect as we visit is only appropriate.

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12/17/14

For more than four years, developers have been promising rapid approval by the Navajo Nation Council of a bill in support of “Grand Canyon Escalade”, a proposed resort located above the sacred...

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12/2/14

“We never had any input….We don’t want this,” Save the Confluence coalition member Delores Wilson-Aguirre declares in a new video against a proposed mega-resort on the rim and tramway into Grand...

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Grand Canyon - Our Role

Our Role

We identify threats to the wildness, beauty, and natural and cultural heritage of Grand Canyon and work to end them. We draw on all available tools, from suing to shut down one of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the country that was fouling air over the canyon, to creating a successful public campaign to have over a million acres around the canyon withdrawn from uranium mining. Whatever it takes, the Trust is there.

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Our Solutions

Grand Canyon - Our Solutions

Protect Park Resources from threats

The Trust is fighting developments such as a proposal to build a tramway carrying 10,000 tourists a day to the canyon’s floor and another that could drill new wells at the park entrance. Both could harm deep aquifers that feed Grand Canyon springs. We are also challenging thousands of uranium mining claims and old mines that pollute groundwater while threatening wildlife habitat and recreation within Grand Canyon watersheds. 

Sustain Ecology, Culture, and Economy

The Trust works with public land managers, local governments, and native nations surrounding Grand Canyon National Park to conserve natural and cultural resources. We manage public grazing lands around the park and conduct long-term ecological research and restoration in cooperation with agencies, universities, and local businesses. We work to support culturally appropriate tourism and renewable energy business opportunities.

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