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River Trip 07: Grand Canyon: Restricted Areas (Archeological, Ecological)

River Trip 07: Grand Canyon: Restricted Areas (Archeological, Ecological)


Because of the fragile desert ecosystem
of the inner canyon, minimum impact camping practices are a must. Around 900 people a day will be camping
along the river on any given night during peak season. There’s significant potential for damage
to everyone’s favorite camps. But if we all work together,
we can help preserve the camps for future visitors. Humans have left their mark in the canyon,
long before we started running the rapids. These prehistoric and historic resource areas
are all a part of the canyon record, from ancestral Puebloans
to the miners and explorers. Each site is a protected area and
everything from the smallest flake of stone, to pieces of pottery;
even more recent historic artifacts are a significant part of the canyons history.
All are protected by law and should be left as they’re found. If you’re out hiking on a trail,
encourage everyone in your group to stay on the trail. This will lessen the
cumulative effects of traveling in this fragile desert environment. Remember when you hike on river left,
you may be entering the Navajo, Havasupai, or Hualapi Indian Reservations.
This includes the Diamond Creek Takeout. If you are planning on visiting these areas,
please apply for permits well in advance before entering reservation lands.
Consult with the main park office for the specific boundaries of these reservations
and any applicable fees. While exploring areas off the river
you’ll discover a wealth of archeological sites.
They’re all fragile and serve as a connection to the Canyon’s past
as well as a valuable study resource. Native Americans have been in the canyon
for over ten thousand years. Because of the dry desert environment,
many of the artifacts they left are still intact throughout the canyon.
Many are of significant religious importance to today’s tribal people. Archeological sites come in many varieties
from walls and foundations, to granaries, to large areas dotted with ruins
and roasting pits. These sites have endured decades
and sometimes, centuries, but with one misstep, an area can be
damaged or eliminated over time. Always stay on established trails and
don’t enter any of the sites. Most of them are very delicate
and can be degraded or destroyed very easily. Something as simple as leaning
against a wall can cause it to collapse. Grand Canyon covers over 1.2 million acres.
Most of this space is open for you to explore. There are certain areas though,
where you will need to show some caution, or simply avoid. Stanton’s Cave is at river mile 30.
You can hike up to the cave opening but are restricted from entering the cave
by a gate. This gate was constructed to preserve the
archeological site inside and allow a colony of bats to fly in and out of the cave. The artifacts that once were here
were excavated by archeologists long ago. Just down river and in view of Stanton’s
Cave, is Vasey’s Paradise. Vasey’s is home to the Kanab Amber Snail
that live in the vegetation. It’s best to stay 5 feet from any plants
for the protection of the snail and yourself; poison ivy abounds at this site. Due to the fragile nature of the remnants
of Anasazi Bridge on the cliff face at river mile 42, this archeological site
is closed to all stopping or visitation. Another area off limits to all stopping
is the Sacred Salt Mine just below the confluence of the Little Colorado River.
This is a religious site of great value to Hopi and other tribes of the Four Corners and out of respect we ask you
not to stop here. At River Mile 52 you will see
the Nankoweap Granaries in a small alcove in the cliff face. Hiking up the
stabilized trail is permitted, but please stay on the ledge
below the actual granaries. The Furnace Flats area is located
at river mile 71 and one-half. The site has undergone severe erosion,
and is closed to any visitation. While the park tries to stabilize the area,
please don’t stop there. At river mile 72 is one of the
largest archeological sites in the canyon.
Unkar Delta is perched on a large shelve above Unkar Rapid.
This area covers many acres and was inhabited some 1000 years ago.
There are dozens of structures, foundations as well as pottery pieces and other artifacts;
so take some time to explore this unique area. When visiting any archeological site,
please don’t enter any of the structures. If you want to examine an artifact more closely
you may pick it up, but please return it to the exact spot where you picked it up.
You’ll notice collector’s piles throughout the site where visitors have stacked
artifacts for display. It’s far more rewarding for you and those who will follow to make their own discoveries.
Please don’t pile artifacts on rocks or walls. The canyon has been host to several eras of
human occupation and activities. The late 1800’s saw a flurry of mining activity.
One of the richest minerals taken from the canyon was asbestos,
because of the potential health hazard both Hance and Bass mines sites
are closed to visitation.

80 thoughts on “River Trip 07: Grand Canyon: Restricted Areas (Archeological, Ecological)”

  1. Shit on this video
    This is are country and we will go where we want .
    The New world Order is afraid you will discover hidden history.
    The park rage won't even tell you there are Bigfoot and dogmen roaming America's parks.
    Kill America's park law enforcement they are against your God given rights.

  2. Let me get this straight…national parks are established for we, the people to enjoy, so the government restricts areas to us and sets rules to prevent us from enjoying them? Freedom isn't just a word and we've been denied that in most of our national parks in far too many ways. Protecting is one thing – treating adult citizens as unruly children is another.

  3. The idea of protection is just that. Too many people even now leave graffiti around, steal artifacts etc. It is not a joke. So we can cry all we want but the truth is, parks are being burned down from people who want to do as they please. I have seen it many times including teens who party in the night and set up fires in a fire ban area, in woods, on needle beds! The fire risk was so huge it was stupid! And it was during the worst fire season in our history, in the fire zone! Had the fire got away on them we would have been stuck trying to get out of the park it would have blazed so fast! It was still warm when i discovered it in tbe morning. In short, they did not even douse it with water!!!! So yeah, I don't have much empathy for those who want access to every little thing. Not only that, but reservation land is mostly where they want to trek over to seek gold, artifacts etc. Looking for thus or that tale. Not good. Careful study and historical recording is more important than personal gratification and curiosity seekers. Don't we have enough to fix on the earth without creating more. If you really want access I suggest raising funds for the archeology work currently being done! 🙂 the idea of preservation also means protection from our own stupidity and those who just don't give a damn but their own wants, no matter what the end cost.

  4. control is useless without the control of information so you better believe the elitists script and get permission slaves

  5. all artifacts taken from these sites was hidden away in the and by the Smithsonian do research this guy is a gov. shill

  6. Precisely Agreed Cecil Bennett
    After 4:05 the repeatedly annoying dialogue pleading to protect ourselves, the sights and respecting sacred grounds is merely common sense for those viewing or visiting the sights. In which case sadly leaves this video''s completely unbearable narrative for viewers sincerely interested in content may find it difficult to listen further to a counterproductive message or medium.

    People who sound like overbearing parents only troubles my thoughts with feelings of pity for their children, namaste.
    Sure glad you and your partner are not my parents…LOL

    Cecil Bennett 11 months ago
    Let me get this straight…national parks are established for we, the people to enjoy, so the government restricts areas to us and sets rules to prevent us from enjoying them? Freedom isn't just a word and we've been denied that in most of our national parks in far too many ways. Protecting is one thing – treating adult citizens as unruly children is another.

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  7. 1570 …. "Hey guys! Look what I found!"…. 1870 ….. "Hey guys! Look what I found!" ….. 1970 "Hey guys! Look what I found!"….. 1979 to Present….. "You can't touch this. Only WE can touch this, and YOU are not WE. So, if you touch this, WE will put you in prison. Even though it belongs to US, YOU are not part of US, because only WE is really US. And YOU are just YOU….. GOT IT?"

  8. So does that include Kinkaid's cave with the Egyptian-type artifacts and mummies which the Smithsonian confiscated?. Uh huh… A holes.

  9. Lol. In the United States , you can go to the National Parks but don't stop, look , or touch anything. All areas of interest are closed to the public. Thankfully Iam Canadian. I will stick to the National parks here.

  10. Where are the excavated artifacts that were removed from the cave? Why were they removed? Can they be viewed somewhere?

  11. Perfect example of why it should have been left untouched and protected by the Natives eho were entrusted to keep it sacred over 10,000 years ago. Now look what its done to our beautiful heritage. Very sad is it not?

  12. I would love to know who thinks they own the earth while they pillage graves and display them in museum after getting $$$$ but we the people are always told we can not see it or go in it……straight BS

  13. DON'T TELL WHAT TO DO IN MY COUNTRY AND DON'T TELL ME I CAN'T ENTER A CAVE MOUTH, BUT BATS COULD PISS AND SHIT ALL OVER THE PLACE. AND I WILL PUT POTTERY PIECES IN A CLLECTION SPOT FOR DISPLAY BITCH. WHAT IS THE PARK SERVICE TRYING TO HIDE ?

  14. Why is there a restriction on entering the Grand Canyon if you want to visit places like the Osiris Temple, Shiva Temple or Isis Temple? Is there something about the discovery of ancient Egyptian caves that the National Park doesn't want the public knowing about? I find that highly compelling.

  15. These petite documentaries of the Grand Canyon are shamefully short. If one took a thought to the emaciating fact that an inter city kid today knows more about a rat than a frog, and has never seen a frog in its' natural habitat – the Grand Canyon is a living fossil waay too few Americans know anything of.

  16. 3:03 That's some gate!

    It's always interesting when some bullshit excuse is used to justify restricting access to someplace. Why is such a serious gate required to keep people out? Can't let the truth be known of the sight. There are quite literally thousands of dangerous caves all over the US that do not have this kind of measure to prevent entry, if any at all. The secrets they hide must be something worth hiding…

  17. So, National Park Service, what ever happened to the NPS employees that authorized a "Controlled Burn" in 40+ mph winds on the ridges of the Grand Canyon that burned approximate 50,000 acres?!!! This happened in the 2000s, but it's NOWHERE on the internet or in your Grand Canyon historical fire data…..WTF?! It was big news at the time, but time has forgotten this HUGE SIN that the National Park Service committed!!! YOU don't hold yourselves accountable, and now there is no record I can find on the internet referencing this huge, catastrophic fire that DESTROYED untold historical finds!!!

    Oh, but "normal" civilizations cannot be trusted to respect park landmarks??…….GO EFF YOURSELVES, NPS!!! You act like elitists and treat civilians like serfs! F.U.!!!

    Please, anyone who knows about the fire that I'm talking about & has a link, please REPLY to this post. Much appreciated.

  18. Better get the Boy Scouts in there to push over those dangerous rock walls before they fall on somebody and they get hurt !😁

  19. Take what you want, stick in a shoe box or drawer in Oklahoma. It will be trash in the local landfill when you die. No history, no evidence of where it came from. No proof that it's even real. Go ahead and try it, don't let the government push you around !

  20. They've got enough restricted area set aside for snails, salt, bats, and other superstitious bullshit to run a witches school. Stop giving people the bullshit run a round and the westernized christian historical delusion about who founded the Americas, and the age of mankind. Let some accredited scientists back into these sacred spillways, and holy mosquito breeding grounds, to rexplore what we don't trust people from a hundred years ago to do properly, or with any honesty. Don't you think it's about time?

  21. Fuck the permit, just pact some good supplies the most senior military gear night vision, Thermo vision it's all good military equipment that will last few months, food, meds, and good GPS, maps, couple rifles, tools, camping gear, satphone ….. Your going to need it… Good clothes, for hot and cold, Water gear, boats, I'm playing the hide from people looking for you trust me when I say and when you go out there looking for stuff that most people don't even know exists out therekeep it to yourself like you would keep a golden treasure trust me when I say that…. I been there, I found the golden treasure, I'm going back….. And it's not a golden treasure you think about in money weighs….. It's for your mind…….

  22. Yeah at the beginning of the cape they put the gate there to protect what's inside and the bats my ass, trust me when I say there's other ways in and other caves

  23. Stay away from all the plants like the government says protection of the snailget the f*** out of here you believe that people

  24. Please hug you know the trail is permitted but please stay on the ledge and don't go in the caves, wtf why because of the Indians living inside there no

  25. please take your time and look at the site but please when you're out of architectural site please don't go into it or touch anything or look at anything or don't you even breathe the air

  26. listen to this video he says if you find any artifacts please return them to the site you will find sites where people found architectural products and return them to a pile please don't put in pile, just don't touch, don't look don't breve don't smell don't live just go home why the f*** did you come here, this is a warning from the government don't come back or I will kill you and everyone else you know so you don't tell anybody the false history of our country about the Egyptians the Chinese the Vikings and everybody else it was here before Columbus… Lol were it's true stay the fuck out if your own country, if the world finds out we might have to give it back to its proper owner

  27. Imagine if there was guards back in the day to stop the locals from writing on the walls or doing anything else like carving things … what makes the people of the past more important than the people of today ?

  28. You don't got the right to put rules on the wold we have the right to now are past so stop telling us were to stop you are bidding something. Your please shut up

  29. Everything is endangered, pretty soon they will put all of us on a reservation like they did with the native Americans. 🤣🤣

  30. So I'm confused? There are ancient artifacts all across the world let's say Africa and South America, and we preserve these artifacts to talk about history? Yet, we have ancient artifacts here at the Grand Canyon and the "law" states to leave them there and not to touch them? Something ain't right?

  31. The Arizona desert is hardly " fragile "🙄
    They just don't want you to go off the beaten path and snoop around.
    You may find something that historically is a NoNo !
    They don't want to rewrite History 😂

  32. Granaries, massive underground Caves, tons of usable Resources. A Waterway to Access Everything, Impenetrable Fortress, Impenetrable Artifact Safe Keeping. This was a Massive City of Worship, that holds Riches never before Witnessed by Modern Day Humanoids. Egyptian Methods?

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