A mule that takes Grand Canyon visitors from the South Rim to Phantom Ranch is looking for a name, and you can help choose it.
Xanterra, which runs the visitor services at Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim, said in a news release that the possibilities for the mule's name have been whittled down to 10 finalists from thousands of suggestions submitted by USA Today Network members.
Unfortunately, that means if you've got a really creative idea (such as "Ferris Mueller") ... well, it'll have to wait for the next mule-naming contest, if there is one. For now, you can visit this website and cast a vote for one of the 10 finalists: Adira, Agave, Aliya, Amara, Amberley, Hiraani, Nayla, Sariel, Victory and Vista.
You have until Friday (February 24) to cast your vote. By doing so, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card, Xanterra said.
In related news about getting around at the Canyon, park officials would like to remind visitors of the Tusayan Route, a seasonal South Rim shuttle route. The route debuted a few years ago but is starting earlier this year, March 1, to alleviate spring break traffic. It'll run until September 30.
The route allows visitors to park in Tusayan and take a shuttle to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center on the South Rim (a valid park pass is required). From there, they can hop on any of the park's other shuttles to explore overlooks and hiking trails. To learn more, click here.