The Grand Canyon National Park

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.

The Grand Canyon at Mather Point

The Grand Canyon is truly awe-inspiring sight. No hyperbole could ever do justice for its sheer size and complexity. The vastness of the canyon was overwhelming to me. The ability to see for miles and miles invites you to slow down and just fall in love with this colorful landscape. Let this great wonder of nature remain as it is.
The Grand Canyon national park
 The Grand Canyon National Park

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 Grand Canyon can be experienced at four general destinations:
  • The South Rim,
  • Grand Canyon West,
  • Grand Canyon East, and
  • The North Rim.

The South Rim:

The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and it is open all year. Elevations average 7000 feet (2134 m) above sea level. We made our trip only to south rim with 2 stops – one at Mather point and the other at Bright Angel trail. We spent around 4 hours enjoying this incredible scenic beauty.
Mather Point:
The majority of visitors to the South Rim first gaze over the Grand Canyon at Mather Point. Mather is the number one choice as it is closest to the entrance station, and a short walk from the visitor center.
Mather Point

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.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

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.

Bright-Angel-Trail-Elevation-Map

Bright-Angel-Trail-view
View of Bright Angel Trail from top
Bright Angel Trail
Snow along the trail

Bright Angel Trail

Sky being veiled by clouds with scant sunshine giving a spectacular view.

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Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail

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.

North Rim:

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 –

The Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park

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.

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