Discover the Grand Canyon
Carved away over millions of years by heat, wind and water, the Grand Canyon is awesome, imposing and at times overwhelming. Utterly enormous, the chasm measures 6,000 feet at its deepest point and is 277 miles long as measured along the Colorado River. Managed by the U.S. National Park Service, the canyon hosts approximately 4.5 million visitors per year at its home in northern Arizona. Map to the Grand Canyon National Park
If you’re interested in visiting Grand Canyon National Park, hiking, camping in the backcountry, riding the historic Grand Canyon Railway or saddling up for a famous mule ride to the bottom, then you’re in the right place. Here we’ll take you through the Grand Canyon step by step, providing bags of information to help you plan the perfect trip.
Here’s a secret; though the Grand Canyon may be the most popular canyon in the world, and is listed as one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders,’ it is not really the ‘grandest.’ Mexico’s Unique Canyon is deeper at 6,200 feet and Tibet’s (inaccessible) Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge reaches depths up to 19,386 feet! Though not the largest, the canyon is certainly the most beautiful; its exposed walls are a geological canvas of striped red, orange and yellow rock. And the artist of this masterpiece? Erosion; millions of years of it.
Humans have been around the Grand Canyon for the past 10,000 years when native tribes passed through on their yearly migrations. Today you can explore the canyon on foot, by private plane, by mule or horseback. Run the river via raft or dory; you can even view the canyon from the air by taking a helicopter tour. The canyon is so magnificent that people use it to memorialise a special event in their lives; approximately 130 couples get married there every year.
No matter if you’re travelling alone or with a family, are looking for five star dining, a rustic cabin, or plan to camp in a tent at the bottom of the gorge, plenty of resources are available for every level of visitor. Try the El Tovar Hotel for fantastic luxury lodging or head towards one of the outlying towns or cities for more cost-conscious budgets.
The Grand Canyon’s location in northern Arizona puts it perfectly in line to visit many of the American West’s other great destinations :
Wupatki Pueblo, Walnut Canyon and Pipe Spring are less than 100 miles away, Bryce Canyon, Sunset Crater and the ancient Navajo cliff dwellings are within 170 miles and if you’re really up to make a vacation of it, the Petrified Forest with its Painted Desert is 214 miles from Phoenix and 204 mile flight from Albuquerque.