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Grand Canyon Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park is located in northwestern Arizona about 75 miles north of the cities of Flagstaff and Williams. The park covers well over one million acres and is more than twice the size of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

The Canyon, cut by the raging Colorado River, is immense in size, averaging 4,000 feet deep for its entire 277 miles in length. It is 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 15 miles at its widest.

If you have seen pictures of the canyon and have ever dreamed of visiting it, you will be shocked when you first lay eyes upon it. Grand Canyon is immense and it truly is like nothing you have ever seen or experienced. This canyon is a gift that the good Lord has given us and it is humbling to stand on its rim and experience its magnificence.

Grand Canyon National Park is heavily visited for most of the year and it is imperative to plan ahead for lodging, camping, backcountry permits, mule trips or other winderness adventures. Persons planning to visit only for the day should arrive early as parking is limited....read more »

Grand Canyon Mule Ride

As sunrise begins to unveil the magnificence of the Grand Canyon every morning, every day of the year, a group of forty to fifty Canyon visitors gathers around the mule ride check-in desk in the lobby of the historic Bright Angel Lodge. The old lobby is the picture of comfort and security with its rustic beam construction and fire roaring in the huge rock fireplace. But the smiles and cheerful banter of this group mask the anxieties which lie beneath. They are about to embark on an adventure that only a fortunate few people in the world will ever experience.

Probably never having been to the Grand Canyon, they made their reservations over a year ago and have patiently enjoyed the anticipation ever since. However, having arrived early this morning and made their way out to the patio behind the lodge which overlooks the Canyon, reality has just set in. Big time! On the other side of the short, rock retaining wall the Canyon begins - and it goes straight down....read more »

Canyon Vacation Tour By Helicopter

Over 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon every year. Most of these travellers have seen the Grand Canyon on foot, however, few have taken their Grand Canyon tour to the sky. This article will discuss how many companies tour the Grand Canyon and the kind of Grand Canyon vacation Tour adventures they offer, how to check the safety record of Grand Canyon Las Vegas tour companies, how to save up to $100 on your Grand Canyon tour, and how to ensure you have the time of your life on your Grand Canyon tour.

One of the most breathtaking sights a person could ever behold in their lifetime is taking in the panaroma of the Grand Canyon by air. Even travellers who have seen the world many times over, and repeatedly visited the Grand Canyon in their lifetime are left speechless when faced with the true beauty and power of nature, and the Colorado River, on a picturesque Grand Canyon tour....read more »

Grand Canyon South Rim

The road from the North Rim leaves the trees and crosses next to red rumba skirts of desert cliffs, scrubby gray-green vegetation marking the stream bedsí meander and mysterious, smooth dull green hills that look like great buried sea mammals. The hills are weathered layers of ochre, umber and maroon. Gatherings of small buildings, often including a hogan or two, seem almost startling on the dry landscape, like finding a cluster of mushrooms pushing up in the middle of a cement parking lot. Native American trinket/craft lean-tos hover next to the highway every few miles, many empty this early in the season. Near Cameron Chief Yellowhorse has a stand similar to the one at the west entrance to the area, announcing in a Burma Shave series of signs that you have missed the biggest chance of a lifetime if you donít stop and give Chief Yellowhorse some of your money. We do stop of give some of our money to the Trading Post at Cameron, which has grown even bigger than last time we saw it.....read more »

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