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Mount Hayden and its retinue of inner canyon temples bask in the warm glow of a summer sunrise

This photo was made at Point Imperial, my favorite overlook for sunrise on the North Rim of GCNP. The North Rim is a totally different experience than the South Rim...much smaller crowds, even at the most popular overlooks and the Grand Canyon Lodge.

For the last few weeks, the Walhalla Plateau, including Cape Royal Rd from the intersection with Point Imperial Rd to Cape Royal and all overlooks along the way, had been closed to public access due to the Obi fire. This is a good thing.

The Obi fire has been managed to be confined in area but allowed to burn as the type of naturally-occurring (lightning-caused), low intensity fire that is a normal, recurring element of our forest ecosystems. The National Park Service intends to lift road closures and public access restrictions, later today. Cape Royal Rd and it's overlooks will be accessible, again, to visitors to Grand Canyon.

Between the Obi fire and 2016's Fuller Fire (also lightning-caused and allowed to burn), a significant volume of fuel on the forest floor - trees, branches, leaves and needles which had been accumulating for more than a century - in the area of the North Rim's most popular overlooks has been consumed. This is an important step toward the restoration of the Kaibab National Forest to a healthy state.

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