Considered one of the natural wonders of the world because of its natural geological features, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona receives close to 5 million visitors annually. At 277 river miles long and at times 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep, this national landmark is truly breathtaking. There is plenty to do and see here and many ways to do it.
On the South Rim, which is open year round, a great way to get down and see the canyon is a mule trip. You can take the Canyon Vistas Ride, a 3 hour ride around the rim of the canyon. If you feel like spending the night, the Overnight Ride takes you to the bottom where you will stay at the Phantom Ranch.
The Trail of Time, a geology exhibit that opened in 2010 is a great way to learn about the past of the canyon and its formations over time. Walking west from the Yavapai Geology Museum you go backwards in time, from the present to the canyon’s beginnings, while walking east you experience it from past to present. Stop and check out historic Grand Canyon Village, it is situated about halfway from each side.
If you want a more adventurous view of Grand Canyon National Park, there are whitewater trips lasting from 3-18 days or half-day smooth water trips from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry, and those can be arranged by any Lodge in the park, but the whitewater tours will require a reservation. For a more leisurely experience, you can book one of the more relaxing rowing excursions.
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