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Grand Canyon National Park
Mile-deep geologic wonder features family hikes, mule rides & rafting
The road to this Grand Canyon National Park from the south crosses a gently rising plateau that gives no hint at what is about to unfold. You might be mistaken for thinking you took a wrong turn, but an immense gorge about 18 miles wide and a mile deep will open up in front of you satisfying your curiosity. Nothing less than a glass of fresh water will quench your taste after a long walk under the sun.
When to go
March – April – May – June – July – August – September – October – November
Geological Formations – Family – Rafting – Hiking – Stunning Vistas – Scenic Drives – Wild flowers – Wildlife
The landscape is so vast with only a fraction of the 277 miles of the Canyon visible from any point. The main fascination of the park is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River typically acknowledged as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world.
Nearly five million people travel here each year; 90 percent first see the canyon from the more accessible South Rim with its dramatic views of the deep inner gorge of the Colorado River. A great many have step cautiously to the edge of the main overlooks, and they have helped polished the rock smoothly. A majority of the parks 1,904 SQ miles are maintained as wilderness. If you are not a fan of big crowds, you can go hiking on several of the park’s many trails. The Grand Canyon National Park offers some of the best hiking and camping in the world. Driving around the evergreen forests of the North Rim is another option, these areas are less crowdy. Visibility on clear days at the Grand Canyon averages 90 to 110 miles, which is amongst the countries clearest.
The Grand Canyon is a magical geological feature valued for its combination of depth, size and visible layers of beautifully coloured rocks that date back to Precambrian time. The formation of this geological feature remains a myth. However, geologists have a theory that most of the cutting occurred in the last five million years by the incision of the Colorado River and its tributaries after the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.
There are a lot of interesting activities at the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. There is the South Rim Driving tour which has been split into two. There is the 13 km western drive to the Hermit’s point with overlooks such as Mohave point and Hopi point along the way. There is also the 40 km eastern segment for Desert View which is open to private vehicles throughout the year. There are also walking tours such as the Rim passing through paved and unpaved roads to Hermit’s Rest.
On the North Rim, you can also enjoy mule ride that can take you to places such as Roosevelt Point and Cape Royal. Most visitors of the North Rim make use of the various hiking trails found there. These trails include Uncle Jim’s Trail and the Bright Angel Trail among many others.
The Park is habitat to a diverse collection of wildlife. Although it is allowed to see these animals, it is illegal and dangerous for visitors to feed, touch, harass, approach or capture any wildlife in the Park. By treating wildlife with respect and not approaching or feeding them, you are helping them to live naturally in their habitat. Many visitors are mistaken for thinking mountain lions and rattlesnakes are the most dangerous in the park, when it is, in fact, elk or rock squirrels that injure more people since people approach them too closely. It is, therefore, advisable to only view elk and deer from a distance of at least 100 feet (30m). If an animal moves as a result of your presence, then know that you are too close to it and you need to move further away.
You are strongly advised not to feed animals with food brought to the Park. Animals become aggressive if they get used to being fed by humans and will attack you for food or get run down by cars in search of food. Also, most of what we eat are toxic to animals and will cause them to be sick. Animals that are often fed become dependent on food handouts and lose the ability to feed themselves naturally. The staff at the Park find it deplorable when they are forced to euthanise animals whose aggressive behaviours were caused by being fed by people who did so ignorantly.
The saying “a fed animal is a dead animal” is unfortunately very true in the Grand Canyon. These animals are independent of us, they do not need our food to survive.
[rating itemreviewed=”Grand Canyon National Park” rating=”9″ reviewer=”Adventure Review – National Parks” dtreviewed=”27 December 2016″ best=”10″ worst=”0″]The road to this Grand Canyon National Park from the south crosses a gently rising plateau that gives no hint at what is about to unfold. You might be mistaken for thinking you took a wrong turn, but an immense gorge about 18 miles wide and a mile deep will open up in front of you satisfying your curiosity. Nothing less than a glass of fresh water will quench your taste after a long walk under the sun.[/rating]
Download a Grand Canyon National Park Map
Planning a trip to Grand Canyon National Park? Be sure to download the official Grand Canyon National Park map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Grand Canyon National Park. This free Grand Canyon National Park map shows park roads, attractions, and more.
South Rim - Average High/Low Temperatures
North Rim - Average High/Low Temperatures
Inner Canyon - Average High/Low Temperatures
Official Grand Canyon National Park Map – Click on the Map to download
Official Grand Canyon Panorama Map – Click on the Map to download