Ever wondered why mules are used for trips down to the Grand Canyon and not horses? The mule was born, and the sturdy hybrids soon were put to work across the globe. Cars and trucks have replaced mules in most places, but the beasts of burden still reign supreme at the Grand Canyon. Is it too late to change our favorite animals from dogs to mules? Mules are steady and more surefooted than their equine counterparts. Mules are dainty steppers and take small, sure footed steps, a quality that is immensely useful in rough terrains.
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Grand Canyon, Ariz. The mule and its passenger were part of two concessioner mule strings that were in route to Phantom Ranch for an overnight stay. Two National Park Service paramedics were flown to the accident scene and stabilized the patient before extricating her using a short-haul operation. The procedure involves a rescuer on a fixed line, extended below a helicopter that is flown into the rescue site.
In the Grand Canyon, the U.S. Postal Service still delivers mail by mule
Park Paramedic Bonnie Taylor with the patient during short-haul rescue operation for the injured hiker on April 28, NPS photo. It's been a tough week or so for hikers, mule riders and rescue teams at Grand Canyon National Park. During a 6-day span, a hiker fell off a trail and a rider was injured in an accident on a mule trip.
Photo by Whit Richardson. Riding a mule into the Grand Canyon is an adventure in itself and will provide you with plenty of stories and memories to share. While a mule ride also isn't for the faint of heart, it's a great way to see the Grand Canyon's depth's that is easier on your legs, lungs and feet. The Grand Canyon's South Rim is situated at 7, feet elevation; its interior is situated at about 2, feet. And what goes down must come up!