National Geographic : 2016 Sep
132 national geographic • september 2016 ancestors saw it. We don’t want this area devel- oped—we do not want to see Disneyland on the edge of the canyon.” As it turned out, the friend who had driven Yellowhorse to meet us, a man named Roger Clark, was able to provide some context for that statement. As a program director of the Grand Canyon Trust, a conservation group that has spent 30 years battling an array of threats against the canyon, Clark is deeply troubled by the tramway plan. But he is even more worried Tourists document a flight into Grand Canyon West. In 2015 helicopter tours helped draw over a million visitors to Hualapai land. Last spring, in an area known as Helicopter Alley, National Geographic counted 262 flights in five hours. Busy days can see 450 or more. ‘We do not want to see Disneyland on the edge of the canyon.’ Renae Yellowhorse, Navajo tribe member n Society Grant Your National Geographic Society membership helped fund this expedition.