The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder that must be visited to be appreciated. Located in northern Arizona, the National Park is well known for its overwhelming size and colorful landscape. Indescribably beautiful, the distinguishable landmark is absolutely without a parallel in the world.
Sprawled across 1,217,403 acres and measuring around 270 miles in length, 18 miles in width and a mile in depth, the Canyon’s walls comprise rock layers that showcase a timeline of Earth’s history. The majestic vista has been used by humans for millennia, with artifacts and ruins dating back to around 12,000 years.
Whether you stop by at the Canyon for a couple of hours, or stay for a week, there is a plethora of ways to enjoy some exciting adventure, recreation or just stunning views.
Things to See & Do
The Grand Canyon is a hiker and backpacker paradise. Hiking in the National Park can be a rewarding experience. You can also consider exploring the beauty of the Canyon by mule rides that are available. You can go for short rides at the top of the South Rim and also down to the bottom at Phantom Ranch. The rides offer breathtaking views of the Park. They are all usually booked well in advance so make sure to plan early. River rafting is another great adventure that is offered at the Grand Canyon. You can engage in motorized rafts, paddle rafts and dories to experience the Colorado River.
The Colorado River runs 277 miles through the park. Spectacular waterfalls dot the landscape, with some cascading hundreds of feet. Ribbon falls and Havasu falls are two of the most famous waterfalls in the area.
Another point of interest is the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Situated at the West Rim, the ‘glass bridge’ is around 4000 feet above the Colorado River and extends 70 feet past the edge.
Diversity in Flora & Fauna
Many are of the impression that the Canyon is made of desert-brown colors, but it is not so. The national park is home to over 650 different types of wildflowers. Summer and spring are the best seasons to see the floral fireworks. The Canyon is home to more than 70 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and 250 species of birds as well.
The Grand Canyon is open 365 days a year and makes for the perfect outdoor destination for everyone. You can pick up a little publication known as “the guide” at the visitor centers and entrance stations all throughout the park. The guide contains everything that you need to know about the park and can be helpful to plan your trip.
For accommodation, you can either choose to stay in the lodge situated there or put up in the developed campground. As far as dining options are concerned, there is a host of restaurants available there serving a wide range of cuisines.
The Grand Canyon is truly one of the most unique places to visit. Most visitors fly into one of the two airports located within a few hours’ drive from the Grand Canyon: Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Las Vegas International Airport. UK-based travelers can apply for an ESTA to stay for up to 90 days in the United States of America during which they can visit the place.
Hundreds of authors across centuries have attempted to depict the beauty and charm of the Grand Canyon. Not surprisingly, words have never been adequate to express what many visitors experience while there. You have to visit it to experience this one-of-a-kind natural wonder.