One of the Wonders of the World
A VIEW OF IMMENSITY -
THAT THE EYES CAN NOT GRASP
(or click on the pictures)
#4 BEST NATIONAL PARK OF US
Main Park NPS Website
Images are from a 2017 trip via Phoenix to the Grand Canyon with a friend Osiris paid by the client Aetna/Infosys. We were not prepared and missed many opportunities.
The roads to the park and return were extremely interesting too. Nikon Camera - image rights Raul Garcia Yunque Store. All images are from the main roads and most are digitally improved to eliminate the haze common is such vast views.
The research was helped with Fiver : rumaisatariq_ at https://www.fiverr.com/rumaisatariq_
MAIN FEATURES MAP
(Credit Library of Congress and NPS)
Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park.
The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World.
The park, which covers 1,217,262 acres of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties, received more than six million recreational visitors in 2017, which is the second highest count of all American national parks after Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The park celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 26, 2019. The primary public areas of the park are the South and North Rims, and adjacent areas of the canyon itself.
The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a natural formation distinguished by layered bands of red rock, revealing millions of years of geological history in cross-section.
Vast in scale, the canyon averages 10 miles across and a mile deep along its 277-mile length with a max depth of 1,829 m.
(grand canyon geologic map)
Much of the area is a national park, with Colorado River white-water rapids and sweeping vistas.
CLIMATE ZONES OF GRAND CAYNON
Grand Canyon National Park has five climate zones:
Cold Semi-Arid (BSk), Humid Continental Dry Cool Summer (Dsb), Humid Continental Dry Warm Summer (Dsa), Warm Summer Mediterranean (Csb), and Hot Summer Mediterranean (Csa). The plant hardiness zone at Grand Canyon Visitor Center has an average annual extreme minimum temperature of 3.3 °F (−15.9 °C).
OVERVIEW OF THE PARK
The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is a tremendous and unusual landscape that must be experienced for oneself. The canyon is one mile deep, about 10 miles wide, and 277 river miles long.
Around 5 million people travel here every year to explore the canyon and surrounding desert wilderness.
The inspirational Grand Canyon is divided into three main sections - the remote North Rim, the Inner Gorge, and the heavily traveled South Rim.
The South Rim is 7,000 feet in elevation and ranges in temperature throughout the year. The North Rim is slightly cooler because of its higher elevation.
Frequent storms sometimes cause a morning fog that obstructs the view of the canyon, but it usually clears up later in the day.
The rare California condor has been spotted in this area, along with many other birds including Stellar's Jays, ravens, hummingbirds, and Canyon Wrens.
Aside from exploring the unique wilderness, visitors enjoy many outdoor activities in this desert location including river rafting and mule trips around the canyon.
There is a lot to see and do at the extensive Grand Canyon National Park.
ATTRACTIONS OF GRAND CANYON
• There are many things to see on your visit into Grand Canyon National Park. The main transportation hub is at the Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.
• Free shuttle buses take visitors to lodges, restaurants, and shops including Market Plaza and Canyon View Information Plaza.
• The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is more remote and an estimated 10% of tourists visit here.
• The Grand Canyon Lodge is the only lodge located here. • Point Imperial overlooks the Painted Desert and the unique, colorful east end of the Grand Canyon.
• There are many great trails and viewpoint for visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park.
THE SKYWALK - Hualapai Indian Tribe
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a thrilling venture provided to visitors by the Hualapai Indian Tribe.
The Hualapai tribe has lived in the Southwest for many generations. The word Hualapai translated means, “People of the Tall Pines.” This group’s reservation was established in 1883.
EROSION AT ITS MOST EXTREME
The Hualapai tribe has almost 1 million acres of land shared by 2,300 members. A fee is required to enter the Hualapai Reservation.
There are numerous river rafting options in and around Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand River Adventure is a package beginning with a morning flight over Glen Canyon and parts of the Grand Canyon above the river.
At the base of Glen Canyon Dam, a motorized river raft will be waiting to take you on a 15 mile trip down the Colorado River.
OTHER ACTIVITES - HIKES
There are guided hikes led by the park's forest rangers on the South and North Rim of the canyon.
The Canyon Pines Tour departs at noon and follows a 1800s stagecoach through the Kaibab National Forest wilderness to the edge of the Canyon.
Primitive hikes in and out of the canyon or from rim to rim are challenging and should be avoided if high summer temperatures occur.
Mule rides available from the South and North Rims at Grand Canyon National Park.
On the South Rim, there are full-day rides to Plateau Point overlooking the Colorado River with a panoramic view of the surrounding canyon.
CURRENT SITUATION ALERTS
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the park was shut down for a while but now the authorities are increasing the visitor’s access to the park but under limited admission with strict follow up of SOP’s.
Also not everything rim in the park is open all the time.
The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely observer the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
AZ Department of Health Services Phased Reopening Plan for Paused Industries: On 8/10, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced a series of public health recommendations that would allow certain Arizona businesses to reopen if specific criteria are met.
Park management is reviewing the recommendations and monitoring for any additional information from the state
For further information on current situation of the park check the link:
VIEWS IN THE MAIN ROADS AT OR CLOSE TO THE PARK