Grand Canyon National Park is one of the three National Parks in Arizona, in the centre of the United States. It is located in northern part of Arizona State stretching 290 miles along the canyon and the Colorado River. It is 1,900 square miles equivalent to 1.2 million acres. It is one of the most popular national parks in America with an annual visit of over 5 million tourists. Although it is not the deepest canyon in the world, other locations in the park are as deep as 1,600 meters. Grand Canyon displays an example of natural erosion in the world.
Millions of people who visit the park annually are left with memories of the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon in their hearts. Viewpoints include the South Rim and you can get there mainly with a vehicle or hiking 21 miles from rim to rim across the Grand Canyon. Some viewers drive from the canyon’s North Rim around the inner part of the canyon and they can get the full view of the canyon. There is also The Grand Canyon Railway offering train tours.
Activities for the family are so many that nobody is supposed to miss the occasion. The South Rim is normally visited throughout the year. North Rim is visited mainly from mid May to mid October. The activities that the entire family can enjoy include hiking, mule riding, cycling, water rafting, ranger programs, and also bus tours. Availability of the Great Canyon Visitor Center is very important in providing helpful park information. There you will hear the history of the native people who initially settled in the region. They also provide ideas about hiking trails, children’s fun activities, a 3D map of the Grand Canyon and display special features to the visitors.
Discussions on local ecology, culture, history and geology among other special park events are also provided. This is done by the Interpretive Ranger Programs at the Grand Canyon National Park. Some of the programs need reservations and if you want to attend them, you have to speak with the park service staff. Another important advantage of The Interpretive Range Programs is the family care. The programs are the most excellent for families because of the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions and opportunities to see hidden parts of the parks only familiar to park rangers.
Grand Canyon tours are never missed for visiting the park. The access to the park requires an admission fee per vehicle, bicycle or individual on foot. This can be a one-time fee for seven days. Annual passes are also available at visitor’s center. Camping in the park is provided on a first come, first serve basis and via reservations. Tours are numerous. The National Park Lodge System takes visitors for 2-day round trip to the Canyons bottom. There are also tours to the Colorado River, hot air balloon tours, and some helicopter tours starting from Las Vegas to provide visitors with a panoramic Grand Canyon view. Guide maps and information is provided to the visitors.
The Grand Canyon lodges are numerous and designed for all categories of visitors from children, family, and couples to group tourists. Hotels are normally booked earlier enough to avoid inconveniences.