The Grand Canyon
235 North Grand Canyon Boulevard, Flagstaff, AZ, USA
The Grand Canyon Flagstaff Reviews
One of the original 7 Natural Wonders of the World Oct 23, 2010
The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s remaining original seven natural wonders. A huge hole dug into the ground by the Colorado River millions of years back. The Colorado River moved rocks and sediment down the river to the Pacific Ocean and the river bed became scoured by all of the fast moving debris which slowly ate away at the banks and bed of the river. This caused the river to widen and cut down deeper into the lower rock layers. Located within the Grand Canyon National park, it attracts millions of visitors a year from all over the world. Some recommended activities while at the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon Glass Skywalk: In recent years, the national park has added a new horseshoe-shaped glass Skywalk which gives an unprecedented (and unsettling) view of the stunning scenery. Nothing like it exists anywhere else in the world. Like the viewing deck of the Sears tower in Chicago, the Grand Canyon Skywalk is not for the faint spirited or weak stomached. It provides a great view of the canyon below but most of all an unseen expanse of the canyon in general. You are suspended over 4,000 feet in the air over the canyon. The skywalk is made of glass and steel for observation purposes only. Highly, recommended.
Hiking Bright Angel Trail: hiking trails are plentiful around the canyon. Some are relatively easy flat trails along the rim, while others go all the way down to the river. For the hikers, this one is a challenge, but offers a great view of the Canyon from top to bottom and vice versa. It is not recommended that you do this hike in one day. Hike down, camp a night or two then hike back. I think the Phantom Ranch is down there.
The Mule rides: Take an exciting mule ride down the canyon. Mules have been carrying visitors around the canyon for more than a hundred years. These steady footed mules take you on a 12-mile day trip or an overnight trip that goes all the way to Phantom Ranch. It is recommended that you be in good health in order to take this ride. The down side to the mule rides is that they cannot take you if you are more than 95 kilograms heavy.
Rail Ride: The Grand Canyon Rail ride is one other activity you can engage in. way before the helicopter and air tours, even before the mule rides and white water rafting ever took place, there was the rail train. The historic train almost faded into history itself when passenger service to Grand Canyon National Park stopped in 1968 when automobile travel became popular. Now the train is part and parcel of a historic trip that takes place to and from the south rim. It was revived in 1986 and carries travels to the south rim year in and out. This is definitely an activity to consider if you find yourself in the great state of Arizona.
White Water Rafting: Now this is an activity for the adventurer and adrenaline seeker. The Colorado River provides great rapids down the base of the Canyon, enough to give you up to 180 miles of river to raft in. The breath-taking scenery through Grand Canyon National Park is enhanced by the thrill of the more than 60 rapids where Western’s unique J-Rig rafts will give you maximum excitement and safety. You must be in good physical health to go rafting this river.
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