Grand Canyon National Park
Perhaps no other place within the United States inspires as much awe as the
Grand Canyon. As the feature attraction of Grand Canyon National Park, the
breathtaking canyon overwhelms our senses by the incredible size and brilliant
colored rock formations that appear to glow under the desert sun. The unique
geological colors and eroded rock formations highlight a canyon that spans 277
miles long and up to 18 miles wide. Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is part of a sprawling national park that
covers over 12 million acres. You can look into the canyon for hours and not
realize your day has past you by.
Yet the enormous canyon is just one allure of Grand Canyon National Park.
Hundreds of miles of canyon tributaries provide recreational sport aficionados
with challenging whitewater rafting, bountiful fishing holes, and scenic vistas
from deep within the canyon’s abyss. The park offers guided day hikes into the
canyon, as well as defined trail maps that allow park visitors to take a day or
two off from their worries. However, even avid hikers must deal with extreme
temperature changes, lack of water sources, and the feeling of isolation. Animals
abound inside of the park, mostly staying well within the depths of the canyon.
You can hear the lonely cry of a wolf at night under the flickering cavalcade of
stars. The primary entrance points to the park sit on the South and North Rims,
with the South Rim open year round to park visitors. Park visitors who want a
less crowded environment choose to enter the park via the North Rim.
Sunrise at Mount Hayden, Grand Canyon National Park