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Grand Canyon - Stopping Grand Canyon Tramway

  • Aerial view of proposed Escalade resort and tramway route to the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers.

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  • A roadside Save the Confluence mural by artist Chip Thomas emphasizes that sacred sites like the confluence are not for sale.

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

    Roger Clark
  • A mural unveiling with Save the Confluence coalition member and spokesperson Renae Yellowhorse and artist Chip Thomas.

    Save the Confluence
  • Yellowhorse and author Kevin Fedarko prepare for live broadcast on National Public Radio’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

    Roger Clark
  • Hopi chairman Herman Honanie speaking with inter-tribal members of the Save the Confluence coalition at the east rim.

    Rosanda Seutopka
  • Save the Confluence coalition members protest in downtown Flagstaff in opposition to the proposed Escalade development.

    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 › 

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Grand Canyon - Fighting Existing Uranium Mines

  • Surrounded. Grand Canyon National Park and the public land surrounding it are encircled by uranium mines and claims. 

    Stephanie Smith
  • Opened in 1989 and still un-reclaimed in 2014, radioactive dust from this mine contaminates Kanab Creek.

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

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

    Amanda Voisard
  • Havasupai elder Stanley Manakaja drums at a round dance in support of banning uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.

    Amanda Voisard
  • Carletta Tilousi testifying before U.S. Representative Grijalva's Committee on Natural Resources.

    Amanda Voisard
  • Public use is now prohibited on national forest land occupied by the 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 ›

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
  • Thanks to Trust advocacy, high flows released from Glen Canyon Dam help restore beaches and breeding habitat for endangered fish.

    Tom Bean
  • Pollution plume from the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station trailing southeast into the 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

07/22/15

The story of uranium in the Southwest is one of environmental injustice and a legacy of harm to native communities across the Colorado Plateau.

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07/19/15

For more than a century, protecting the Grand Canyon, in its entirety, has been an uphill battle. From tourist developments to mining interests, the Grand Canyon remains under siege.

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06/15/15

Uranium haul trucks - coming soon to a highway near you. Please join us for a public meeting on Thursday, June 18th at 6pm.

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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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