Grand Canyon National Park recently announced new guidelines for commercial and private use of livestock (mules and horses) on Grand Canyon’s network of world-famous trails. Overall numbers of riders will be allowed to increase, though with a net reduction on congested trails favored by hikers. Several once-popular destinations such as Plateau Point will no longer be available to visitors in the saddle, with those hugging the South Rim being offered as an alternative.
The bottom line is that this historic activity will continue for the foreseeable future, as will the occasional squabble between visitors on the hoof and those on the heel. Visit Grand Canyon’s press release for more information.