A Natural Wonder
A National Park today spans much of the Grand Canyon. The huge mile-deep gorge cut by the Colorado River into the scenic desert of Northwestern Arizona extends for an impressive 277 river miles. This fascinating region offers adventurous vacations suitable for people of every age.
Explore The Nation Park
The Grand Canyon National Park offers two different locations to view the canyon. Visitors can access the South Rim throughout the year. The North Rim closes temporarily during winter months. From either Rim, visitors enjoy broad panoramic western vistas extending for some 70-85 miles.
Visitors to the park enjoy outstanding photography opportunities. People camp at campgrounds located along the rim of the canyon or hike down miles of desert trails as they explore the region. An informative Visitor’s Center offers informational programs about the Canyon’s geology and history, and its many native plants and animal species. Although they cannot ride into the Canyon, bicyclists can enjoy miles of paved bicycle riding along some Rim portions of the Park.
Travel Into The Canyon
Visitors possess several options for venturing into the steep canyon. Three different trails meet at the bottom of the Grand Canyon: Bright Angel, North Kaibab and South Kaibab. People can travel along these trails on foot or by mule. For some popular trails rides, people reserve their mule trip into the Grand Canyon as far as 13 months in advance. Additionally, mule riders must weigh less than 200 pounds in order to participate.
Particularly adventurous visitors enjoy hiking into the Grand Canyon from the North Rim along the challenging Nankoweap Trail leading into Marble Canyon. It typically requires a total of five days to complete this excursions: two days for the 14-mile descent, a one day to rest at the bottom and two days for the return ascent.
Take a River Rafting Trip
The Grand Canyon National Park issues permits to people interested in taking river rafting excursions in the Colorado River. This activity furnishes one of the best ways to see the massive walls of the canyon, since the rafts pass through steeply-sided areas without foot trails.
Since more people hope to participate in these trips than the Park can sustain from an ecological standpoint, the Park Service restricts permits to for extended trips on the basis of a weighted lottery system. Excursions of one to five days remain available on a first-come first-served basis.
By following these guidelines, you’ll enjoy a fascinating adventure as you explore the Grand Canyon. Its unique features offer incredible vacation values and excitement.