Camp near the Grand Canyon in Arizona United States

Grand Canyon, view from South Rim ~

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Grand Canyon, Arizona | Source

Camping the Grand Canyon ~

Camping the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, is one option that will be an unforgettable experience. To get as much camping in as possible during the busy camping season, make sure to reserve your spot early in the year.

Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is spectacular and unforgettable.

Native American Tribes of the Grand Canyon ~

The Grand Canyon National Park is located in the state of Arizona, United States.

The park is managed by National Park Services (NPS), the Hualapai Tribal Nation, and the Havasupai Tribe. The canyon is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide.

The depth of Grand Canyon in an astonishing 6,000 feet. Standing on the Skywalk and looking down takes courage, but the view is stunning.

The Grand Canyon has some of the cleanest air in the United States, so, visibility is astounding.

The colors of the rock walls change throughout the day. During sunrise or sunset, the colors are breathtaking.

The Hualapai people's traditional territory stretches for 108 miles along the southern side of the Canyon and the Colorado River, where the very large Ponderosa pine trees are numerous. The name Hualapai means "people of the tall pines.

The Havasupai live on their ancestral lands on 185,000 acres known as Cataract Canyon. Their people have been there for over 800 years.

The Havasupai have turned to the tourism business in order to survive and are doing quite well at it.

They attract thousands of tourists to their beautiful streams and waterfalls each year. Two huge goblins (natural rock formations), called The Watchers, stand proud and high to overlook the city of Supai.


The Skywalk ~

The Skywalk in the Grand Canyon West area.
The Skywalk in the Grand Canyon West area. | Source

Skywalk ~

The Skywalk is in the Grand Canyon west of the main canyon. It is owned by the Hualapai Tribe and was opened to the public on March 28, 2007. It looms out over the canyon at an elevation of 4,770 feet (that is almost a mile and a half up in the air).

Foggy, foggy canyon ~

Natural fog sometimes fills the canyon, during temperature inversions.
Natural fog sometimes fills the canyon, during temperature inversions. | Source

City of Supai ~

Supai is the capital city of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. This is one of the most remote cities in the contiguous United States, located at the bottom of Grand Canyon. The only access to the town is by U.S. Route 66 traveling 60 miles in via the BIA Road 18, which takes travelers to the trail-head, then there is an eight mile hike into the town -- yet people do go there often, about 20,000 annually. Visitors are charged to enter the Havasupai land and reservations (lodge or campground) are required before entering.

Rather than hiking in to the town, some visitors opt to go by horseback with a mule train for luggage, which the Havasupai charge for and guides visitors in. It really is a memorable experience -- the traditional culture of the people, their history and the beautiful waterfalls and streams make it worth the trip.

Once in the town, tourists will find a cafe, general store, tourist office, the lodge, a post office, a school, an LDS chapel and a Christian Church.

Frequent thunderstorms (the monsoons) in these areas close to the Canyon can build up quickly in July and August, so be prepared. It can be exciting and amazing if you have appropriate clothing, shelter, supplies and equipment (camp stoves under a tarp, etc.), and a venturous spirit.

Mather Campground, Arizona ~

Mather Campground is in the Grand Canyon village at a 7,000 foot elevation. Summer temperatures are very pleasant, in the 70s and 80s. Thunderstorms are frequent in the afternoons. Weather varies, so be prepared with appropriate clothing and shelter.

Campsites are surrounded by the beautiful Ponderosa pines, so most sites are pleasantly shaded. It is just a short distance to spectacular overlooks on the South Rim via a paved trail for walking or biking. The wildlife abounds on the South Rim, so remember your cameras.

Ten-X Campground, Arizona ~

The Ten-X is part of the Kaibab National Forest, which is quiet, peaceful and just four miles south of the entrance to South Rim in the grand Canyon. They have open campsites, a nature trail meandering through the Ponderosa pine and Gambel oak forest. Elevation is 6,600 feet. They can accommodate individuals, families, and groups of up to 75 people. The 70 single units are available on a first-come basis.

North Rim Campground, Arizona ~

The North Rim Campground is in the rustic and less populated area. It is at an elevation of 8,200 feet and has spectacular views of the Canyon. Ponderosa pines the lovely aspens shades the campgrounds.

Wildlife and numerous species of birds can be seen when out hiking and enjoying the views. Each campsite has picnic tables, campfire rings with grills, and drinking water spigots are throughout the grounds.

Jacob Lake Recreation Area, Arizona ~

Jacob Lake Recreation Area is in Jacob Lake, the gateway to the North Rim. Summer temperatures are very pleasant and the nights are cool, which is good for sleeping. It is located in the North Kaibab National Forest -- and yes, that means the beautiful Ponderosa pines offer shade and quiet whispering when a breeze comes up.

The campgrounds have single units as well as two group units for up to 100 people each. The campground closes each year at the end of October.

Kaibab Lake Sites and Group Areas, Arizona ~

Located in the Kaibab at a 6,800 feet elevation, campers will find peace, solitude and the chance to explore the wonders of nature. Fishing in the lake is a popular spot for anglers. RVs, motor-homes, and tent campers love the area.

Group picnic areas are available. Drinking water is also available. Firewood bundles, ice, bait and ice cream can be purchased on the site.

Dogtown Lake Campground and Group, Arizona ~

Dogtown Lake is not too far from the cities of Flagstaff and Williams. Sitting in the forest on the shore of a scenic lake it is a lovely place to hike, bike, fish and just kick back to relax. The name Dogtown received its name due to the extensive prairie dog towns that once populated the shore area. The lake is surrounded by trees.

Temperatures in the summer are 80 to 90 degrees and drop to around 50 at night. The elevation is 7,050 feet. Canoes, kayaks and electric motor boats.

They have 50 individual camp sites, four double sites, and one group site for up to 80 people. The camp is located in Kaibab National Forest.

White Horse Lake Campground, Arizona ~

Kick back at your site and watch the deer and elk that love to visit along the shoreline. The lake is very popular for fishing. It is only one hour from the camp to South Rim. Elevation is 6,600 feet. They have 90 single unit sites with tables, campfire rings, grills and tent pads. A large group site, several double sites, tent only sites and sites for trailers and motor-homes. They have a dump station -- yeah ! A lot of activities and amenities are available for your enjoyment.

Pinegrove Campground, Arizona ~

Pinegrove Campground in in Coconino National Forest, in a lush, stunningly beautiful area. The several nearby lakes are stocked with trout, bass and channel catfish -- that would make for a good fry up along about supper time (yummy !). They have 46 large individual sites, a plethora of activities, and great amenities.

The Grand Canyon ~

The geography of the Grand Canyon is an amazing study that goes back to the Proterozoic Eon and Paleozoic periods. The Colorado River and its tributaries carved out this huge fissure as the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

About 17 million years ago (according to a recent study by geologists), the Colorado River found its way through the canyon and continues to erode and widen Grand Canyon even today.

It is not the deepest canyon in the world, but the Grand Canyon's size and colorful landscape of exposed ancient rocks are famous for the natural beauty. The exposed stratigraphy has recorded a visual history of the North American continent.

Rock units of the Grand Canyon ~

Diagram showing the placement, age and thickness of the rock units exposed in the Grand Canyon.
Diagram showing the placement, age and thickness of the rock units exposed in the Grand Canyon. | Source
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A marker36°03'32 -
Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
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South Rim Visitor Center open year round.

B markerMATHER CAMPGROUND P.O Box 129 Grand Canyon AZ 86023 -
Mather Campground, Grand Canyon National Park, 1 Village Loop Road, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023,
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Mather Campground - Open through Sun Feb 28 2016 - Phone Number: Information: (928)638-7851

C markerTen X Campground -
Ten X Campground, Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
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Ten X Campground, Kaibab National Forest - Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015 - Phone Number: Information: (928)638-2443

D markerNORTH RIM CAMPGROUND NPS. General Delivery North Rim AZ 86052 -
North Rim, AZ 86052, USA
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North Rim Campground - Closed through Thu May 14 2015 - Phone Number: Information: (928)638-7888

E markerJACOB LAKE RECREATION AREA HC 64, BOX 65 FREDONIA AZ 86022 -
Fredonia, AZ 86022, USA
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Jacob Lake Recreation Area - Closed through Wed May 13 2015 - Phone Number: Information: (928)569-2333

F markerKAIBAB LAKE SITES AND GROUP AREAS WILLIAMS AZ 86046 -
Williams, AZ 86046, USA
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Kaibab Lake Campground - Closed through Sat May 02 2015 - Phone Number: Information: (928)699-1239

G markerDOGTOWN LAKE CAMPGROUND AND GROUP WILLIAMS AZ 86046 -
Williams, AZ 86046, USA
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Dogtown Lake Campground - Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015 - Phone Number: Information: (928)699-1239

H markerWHITE HORSE LAKE Campground WILLIAMS AZ 86046 -
Williams, AZ 86046, USA
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White Horse Lake Campground - Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015 - Phone Number: Information: (928)699-1239

I markerPinegrove Campground -
COCONINO AZ
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Pinegrove Campground - Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015 - Phone Number: Project Office: (928)226-0493

UNESCO World Heritage Site ~

The Grand Canyon became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It covers 1,217,262 acres in Coconino and Mohave counties of Arizona. In 1919, it was designated an official National Park. President Theodore Roosevelt created the Grand Canyon Game Preserve by proclamation in 1906 and Grand Canyon National Monument in 1908.

Roosevelt was a strong proponent for the preservation of the Grand Canyon and loved to visit and hunt there. In 1903, when visiting the site, he said:

The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.

— Teddy Roosevelt

A Wonder of the World ~

Note from author ~

I have received no compensation of any kind from the campgrounds I mention in this article.

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Blessings and may you always walk in peace and harmony, softly upon Mother Earth.

Phyllis Doyle Burns - Lantern Carrier, Spiritual Mentor
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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub Phyllis. It is difficult for any of us living outside the USA to realise just how big and amazing the Grand Canyon is, other than what we see on movies and tv. I never knew there were so many camping grounds around there, also I had never heard of the town of Supai or that it was one of the most remote towns in the USA. Very interesting that you can only get there by hiking or riding with a mule train. Voted up.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Jodah, and thanks so much for your great comment. I knew about the Havasupai people, but I never realized their town of Supai was so remote. That takes people who are out for a real adventure. The Canyon is immense, but there is a canyon in Nepal that is even deeper than the Grand Canyon, it does not cover as much land, but is much deeper -- that is hard to imagine. You must have read and commented when I was editing. I just added info and a photo on the Skywalk. Did you see that? That is one place I could never go. Standing out there on clear glass over the canyon would petrify me. Thanks again, Jodah -- for the vote up, too.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Phyllis, you hub gives these camp sites approachability.. I've never visisted the grand canyon but it is on my bucket list... you cover the what to see and where to camp out marvelously.. voted as per usual....awesome.. and useful bless you


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

My sister and brother-in-law run a daily Grand Canyon tour service out of Phoenix, and they get a lot of business. We are planning to take our RV up for a visit. Good Hub!


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

Great overview of these campgrounds, Phyllis. I love to camp but I have not yet visited the Grand Canyon (it's on my list). I will pin this article for future reference when I do go!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Frank and thanks for your comment. I hope you do get to visit the Grand Canyon some day. When I researched on campsites, I was amazed at the ones I found -- I am sure there are many more around the area. Thanks for the votes. Take care and bless you, Frank.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Will. It must be wonderful to live so close to the Grand Canyon. That is great your sister and brother-in-law have a tour service. I bet they really enjoy seeing the reactions of people who have never seen the canyon so up close. Some day I will visit the Canyon -- it is such a fascinating area. Have fun on your trip. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Blessings to you and yours.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Deborah. I love to camp, too, and will certainly enjoy one of those campsites. I watched the video a few times and would love to take the mule pack tour down into the Canyon. Thanks for reading and commenting, I appreciate it. Take care.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Thanks for providing some information about the Grand Canyon I didn't know. I visited there many years ago and plan on returning so I can spend some more time exploring. When I was there, it was to spend the day driving through and occasionally stopping to look at the scenery and historical sites. At the first stop at an overlook where I got my first ever look at the canyon, I stood there beside my mom in silence because the view was so spectacular and beautiful I was literally speechless. The Grand Canyon is definitely at the top of my list for the most amazing and awesome sites I've ever seen.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Sheila. To be in awe of Nature certainly can leave one speechless. Like the narrator in the video says: There is nothing that compares to seeing the Grand Canyon in person -- seeing the photos and videos is awesome, seeing it in person is indescribable. I am so glad, Sheila, that you had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon. Next time you go, can you stop by and pick me up? Maybe we can meet Will and his family there and Frank, too. Ohhh! I would love to take the mule pack train down into the Canyon, with Will telling us a story when we stop to camp, or Frank keeping us up late glued to his detective stories and poems -- what a memorable time that would be. LOL . Some day, I will visit the Canyon. Thanks, Sheila, for reading and commenting. I always appreciate your visits.


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Night Magic 2 years ago from Canada

Awesome Hub filled with good info on the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai & camping grounds. I'd love to go out on the Sky Walk. The Pinegrove Campground sounds like my kind of place to stay. For anyone who hasn't seen the Grand Canyon, the video is awesome.

Voted up, useful, interesting & awesome.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I had no idea there were so many campgrounds at the grand canyon and i knew nothing about the Indian Tribes living there. I have seen the grand canyon on my way to Bisbee Ariz. It is very beautiful. Your hub is well presented. Enjoyed and shared on twitter.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A wonderful site and so beautifully thought of.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Night Magic. I think the Pinegrove would also choice to camp. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Ruby. So glad you have seen the Grand Canyon in person. Native Americans have lived there for over 1000 years. it is so beautiful. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Devika. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I always appreciate your visits.


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Kaili Bisson 2 years ago from Canada

Hi Phyllis, what a great read this was. I'm pretty sure I would not be able to do the Skywalk. My paternal Grandparents had their honeymoon in the Grand Canyon, but I have never been. It is on the list!

Voted up and more.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Kaili. Thank you for reading and commenting. What a wonderful place to spend a honeymoon. Thanks also for the votes, I appreciate it.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Phyllis: I don't know if I'll ever make it back out that way, but if I do I'll definitely put out a call to all of my HP friends so I meet any of the ones living out that way.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Sheila -- wouldn't that be fun to have a group of hubbers do the Grand Canyon?


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Phyllis: I think we'd have a blast.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Yes,I do too, Sheila.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

You have taken me on a wonderful journey Phyllis and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Great hub.

Eddy.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you very much, Eddy -- so glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I have never been to the Grand Canyon but would love to visit some day. My husband has wanted to see it for years, now maybe I should consider it for a vacation. Thanks for highlighting the camping spots.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Diane, you are most welcome. There is a magical atmosphere, mystery, beauty and so much history to the Grand Canyon. I do hope you get to visit it and write about your experience. It is a fascinating place. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

Great lens. I know of someone who makes this visit every year. I want to do so myself sometime. I think the sky walk would be out for me as I don't do heights well.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Arachnea. Glad you enjoyed my hub on the Grand Canyon. I do not do heights very well either, so I understand . Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.


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rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi

I really enjoyed reading this article. You have made me feel as if I visited each campground with your great details of each one. I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon and hopefully one day I will be able to. Great hub! :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi ris8994. So glad you enjoyed reading my hub. Those campgrounds are so nice and the Grand Canyon is magnificent. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. I appreciate it.


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JanieceTobey 2 years ago

I went to the Grand Canyon with my parents when I was in middle school. The campground we were hoping to stay in was full, but we were able to tent camp in the overflow section along the road. (I have no idea if that's still an option or not. That was years ago!) I'd love to go again and take my family!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Janiece. I bet your family would love to visit the Grand Canyon. I am sure there are options like what you describe if campgrounds are full. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment, I appreciate it.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

Phyllis

The horseback ride into town with luggage in tow sounds like quite an adventure. And the opportunity to find out more about the tribe...what a wonderful experience that would be.

Angels are on the way, Phyllis ps

Voted up++++ shared and Pinned to Awesome HubPages


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Phyllis Doyle 20 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Patricia. That would be a fun thing to do, the horseback ride and all. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I so appreciate the votes, share, and pin - thank you for that. Have a wonderful day.


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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Phyllis.....Great hub, very informative. Apparently I've seen the Grand Canyon? (too young to remember). It seems to me it has to be the most fabulous place to visit & camp! You should work for "tourism!" You've sold me!!........UP+++ tweeted & pinned


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Phyllis Doyle 20 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thanks, Paula. I would love to get down there and meet the Havasupai tribe. They are "Keepers of the Canyon". I once worked temp in a travel agency office - I would love to do that full time.

Thanks again, Paula, for the visit, votes, tweet and pin.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago

I have a feeling that as a grownup who should know better I should not have these thoughts and feelings but I would to experience a thunderstorm in the Grand Canyon. I would probably only want to do it once though.


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Phyllis Doyle 20 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Ahhhhh - Hahahahaha !!! poetryman, You and me both. I would love to experience a thunderstorm in the Grand Canyon. How exciting and scary that would be. OMGosh! I just can't believe you expressed those thoughts - I have thought about what it would be like for a long time ....... Bucket List, for sure. Hey, thanks for stopping by. You have got me feeling like a kid.

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