The Grand Canyon national park, located in the state of Arizona is an immerse natural canyon, distinguished by layered bands of red rock and incised by the Colorado River. It is one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world.
It has deep gorges with 277 miles (446 km) long, an average depth over a mile (1.6 km) and an average width of 18 miles (29 km). Although the title, deepest canyon in the world goes to the Kali Gandaki Gorge in Nepal, which scientists estimate to be more than 18,000 feet (almost 3.5 miles!) deep.
The Geology of the Grand Canyon:
The Grand Canyon National Park is world-renowned showplace on earth for its geological uniqueness and amazing formations. Other geologic forces you can see and study at Grand Canyon include movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates, erosion by wind and water, and volcanic activity. Most recent scientific studies at the Grand Canyon involve other fields like ecology, hydrology, and atmospheric studies.
After 150 years, the Grand Canyon is still a mystery even to the geologists who study it. Geologists still debate just how old some rock layers are, and when & why the Colorado River began carving the Grand Canyon in the first place, leaving mysteries for future generations of Canyon explorers to ponder over and perhaps solve.
Activities to do:
There are many opportunities for adventurous people to do like hike, camp, skydive, raft, helicopter tour, ride a mule to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.
- The South Rim,
- Grand Canyon West,
- Grand Canyon East, and
- The North Rim.
The South Rim:
While the Grand Canyon looks spectacular by itself, the sight of the great gorge draped in a mantle of white snow was incredible and mesmerizing.
Bright Angel trail:
The Bright Angel Trail offers wonderful views all along the trail. We were there at December, snow was like 7-9 inches along the way making difficult for us to hike. The top 2 miles was icy and slippery, so we didn’t cover much of the trail.
Sky being veiled by clouds with scant sunshine giving a spectacular view.
Grand Canyon West:
Grand Canyon West is located on the Hualapai Indian Tribal Lands and is not a part of Grand Canyon National Park. The Glass Skywalk, which is sometimes called as the glass sky bridge/glass walkway, has become the main attraction at Grand Canyon West. Other attractions at Grand Canyon West include the Hualapai Ranch and Guano Point.
Grand Canyon East:
The Little Colorado River Tribal Park and horseshoe bend are the hidden secrets about Grand Canyon East. Horseshoe Bend is becoming a famous attraction, which you shouldn’t miss.
The North Rim is only open mid-May through mid-October each year, which is more remote with less tourist activity.
Below are few more pics of the Grand Canyon –
No photograph can replicate the feeling of standing on the rim. This is beyond description and comparison. One should definitely have this on their bucket list and visit this magnificent beauty.