National Parks – Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, offers some of the most spectacular views available. This historic natural landmark is located in Arizona and cradles 277 miles of the Colorado River, which curves through breathtaking scenery. The canyon is unparalleled in natural beauty and tranquility, providing the perfect destination for a scenic, soothing getaway.

See the canyon from a brand new perspective. Instead of hiking through the Grand Canyon, take in the surroundings on a famed mule ride or an informative tour led by a national park ranger. Each offers a different viewpoint and a fresh look at the landscape.

Explore the Native American culture. Several Native American reservations are located near the canyon and offer a glimpse into a beautiful and storied civilization. The Havasupai Reservation, for example, is a great place to treat yourself to some handcrafted artwork, exquisite turquoise or silver jewelry.

Watch the sunset…and then stay the night.There are several charming lodges located inside Grand Canyon National Park, making it convenient for an extended visit. Spend the evening relaxing near the fireplace or watching a spectacular sunset, all without leaving the comfort of your lodge. Log onto the National Parks Web site at http://www.nps.gov/grca for a link to the many enchanting lodges that are available to Grand Canyon visitors.

IN BRIEF

Located entirely in northern Arizona, the park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site.

Expect crowds during the spring, summer, and fall months. During these months reservations for camping and lodging are essential.

When visiting the South Rim, be sure to go to Canyon View Information Plaza, there you will find information to help plan your Grand Canyon visit.

DESIGNATIONS
World Heritage Site – October 26, 1979
National Park – February 26, 1919
National Monument – January 11, 1908
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