The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved
over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than
an awe-inspiring view. It is more than a pleasuring ground for those who
explore the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent
This canyon is a gift that transcends what we experience. Its beauty
and size humble us. Its timelessness provokes a comparison to our short
existence. In its vast spaces we may find solace from our hectic lives.
The Grand Canyon we visit today is a gift from past generations.
Grand Canyon was designated as a national park in 1919. It has long
been one of the most popular of all America's national parks.
Hiking, camping, horseback riding and mule rides are favorite land based
activities in the Grand Canyon. Both guided and self-guided tours down into the
Canyon are popular. Hikers are warned not to climb on cayon walls, to be aware of
the high elevation (which averages from 7000-8000 feet) and to carry plenty of water, as
the hot, dry temperatures are potentially dangerous.
Officials recommend that visitors do not hike alone. Also, hiking in
the canyon can be very strenuous.
Popular water-based activities include white water rafting, kayaking and
fishing. Guided river tours on the Colorado are available. Trips on the
Colorado river should be planned in advance.
Scenic flights over the Grand Canyon are also available to the visitor.