Will Smith’s Bungee Jump Into the Canyon

In a widely-publicized piece of news today, actor Will Smith bungee-jumped from a helicopter into the Grand Canyon to celebrate his 50th birthday. Except it wasn’t the Grand Canyon — it was the upper Little Colorado Gorge.

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Seeing as the entire 58-mile Gorge was shut down all summer due to a wave of traffic after its newfound Instagram notoriety in May, I have mixed feelings about this.

I’m glad a charity was helped, I’m hoping the Navajo got a nice payoff . But I also fret about what any major exposure does to the Gorge — and as 2018 has already proven, for good reason.

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