Facts About The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is not only a national landmark, it's a national park as well. It is located in the state of Arizona and reaches to Colorado. One of the most fascinating facts about the Grand Canyon is that it was made over a period of millions of years. The sedimentary layers of rock were cut by the flowing Colorado River and its connected tributaries. During the ice age periods the cutting of the canyon become even more dramatic due to the increase in water flow caused by massive ice thawing. The majority of the Grand Canyon is located within Grand Canyon National Park.


Tourists come from all around the world just to see the Grand Canyon. This natural wonder spans 18 miles at its widest point and is 277 miles long. It is approximately one mile in depth. If you want to travel to the bottom of the Canyon on foot, horseback or camel it will take you approximately two days to get there. One might think that the Grand Canyon is the biggest canyon in the world, but it is not. Both Hell's Canyon located in Idaho and Barranca de Cabre in Mexico are deeper than the Grand Canyon. The reason the Grand Canyon is more famous is because of its incredible length, width and beauty.

During prehistoric times Native Americans settled in the caves of the Canyon. The first European to see the Grand Canyon was a Spanish explorer named Garcia Lopez de Cardenas who reached the canyon in 1540. It remained largely uncharted until after the Civil War, when veteran Major John Wesley Powell set out on a canoe trek with a party of nine. Six of the men who accompanied Powell completed the journey. Powell described the layers of rock as leaves in a great storybook, as they tell the story of millions of years of geological development.

There are more fascinating facts about the Grand Canyon that may be of interest if you're planning to visit this landmark. For example, animal lovers will be happy to learn the canyon is home to 88 different types of mammals, 28 different types of reptiles and around 300 different types of birds. Plant life in the canyon is even more incredible, with 1,500 different plant species found there. There are plenty of ways to explore the canyon, including boat, helicopter and of course on foot. Even if you don't explore the canyon you can still enjoy amazing beauty from afar as it is a breathtaking sight to behold from any angle.

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Picture this: These devoted fans demonstrate Penguins pride by wearing jerseys at world landmarks - ESPN

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Picture this: These devoted fans demonstrate Penguins pride by wearing jerseys at world landmarks
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The idea first dawned on Fabry and one of his best friends, Brenton "Kenny" Kennerdell, during a trip to the Grand Canyon in 2009. They were staying in Las Vegas and decided to take a last-minute tour bus trip to the Grand Canyon. Kennerdell took along .

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Eight Nights, Five American Parks, a Family of Three, and One RV - Travel+Leisure

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Eight Nights, Five American Parks, a Family of Three, and One RV
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I asked my lovely wife, Cassandra, if she'd be up for taking an eight-night trip to see national and state parks in an RV, going from our house in L.A. to Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and the Valley of Fire. Unexpectedly, she .

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Halloween creature rejuvenates 'tired bones' at Grand Canyon, gives travel tips
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - A Halloween creature visited the Grand Canyon Tuesday and is lending some tips to make your next visit to the national park spectacular. On its Facebook page, the Grand Canyon National Park posted photos of a skeleton, along with his ...


AAA Names Amtrak Vacations Preferred National Partner - Travel Agent

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AAA Names Amtrak Vacations Preferred National Partner
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Popular destinations include the U.S. National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and cities including New York, Seattle, Washington DC and New Orleans. For 2017 Amtrak is offering 16 new rail vacation packages to .

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Top Outdoor Day Trips From Las Vegas - Travel Agent

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Top Outdoor Day Trips From Las Vegas
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From here, riders can see Las Vegas below, as well as Lake Mead and, on a clear day, the western rim of the Grand Canyon. The ride takes about five hours, roundtrip. Cowboy Trail Rides also has bus tours of the conservation area, which some members of .

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Road trip: National parks, Native American lands and the Grand Canyon
Our goal was to drive to the Grand Canyon, incorporating the majesty within a large . MULTIGENERATIONAL ROAD-TRIP TIPS EUR˘ Terrain, traffic and the unexpected can impact driving times. Road travel may take longer than planned. Stay flexible...


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Tourism companies also face rising fees in Grand Canyon National Park
In Grand Canyon, the changes could together impact a total of 563 . According to a 2013 survey of tour operators worldwide by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, companies grossing between $1 million and $5 million annually report a net profit ...


Discovering the desert playground of Las Vegas - The Province

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Discovering the desert playground of Las Vegas
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In total there are more than 1.5 miles of zip lines to the bottom of the canyon. Go early morning to avoid the heat of the day and maybe see Big Horn Sheep below. The aforementioned helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon's west rim with Papillion Grand .

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Town near Grand Canyon rejects push for taller buildings
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) EUR” Voters in Tusayan rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have led to big changes for the gateway town to Grand Canyon National Park. The all mail-in election asked residents to decide whether they wanted buildings heights up ...



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