g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Hiking & Backpacking Site

BellaOnline's Hiking & Backpacking Editor


Visiting Grand Canyon National Park

Guest Author - Gregory A. Kompes

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the wonders of the world. This beautiful, river-carved canyon is a jewel in the National Park System. Iíve been to Grand Canyon several times. Each visit is a remarkable experience. The colors, rocks, wildlife, and other visitors help make each visit special and unique.

A few facts from Grand Canyon National Park website (link below): The canyon is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. The rim is 7,000 feet (2134m) above sea level.

There are several ways to spend your visit. You can enjoy the views while you drive along the canyonís roads, park and ride the shuttle bus (highly recommended!), or spend your time hiking the trails which range from easy, paved canyon-rim walks, to extremely difficult, great elevation gain hikes. You can also plan ahead and backpack deep into the canyon and camp, if thatís your desire.

Most of the millions of annual visitors spend one day at Grand Canyon. If you arrive toward the south entrance, Tusayan, AZ, just south of the park entrance, is home to restaurants, lodging, camping, and tourist activities. I highly recommend the IMAX Theater, which shows the National Geographic Grand Canyon movie.

Once inside the park, you can park your car at the main visitorís center (or one of eight parking areas) and take advantage of the shuttle bus system to visit many of the Grand Canyon view points and attractions. This includes many of the best view points (Mather Point, Yaki Point, Bright Angel Lodge, Shrine of Ages, Hopi Point, The Abyss, etc.) During much of the year, the park bus is the only way to visit Hermitís Rest.

There are restaurants, stores, and gift shops throughout the park. Itís important to note that they no longer sell bottled water in Grand Canyon National Park. Instead, they offer water stations fed by the Grand Canyonís springs. Be sure to bring your water bottle so you can stay hydrated in the park.

Youíll want to take the time to drive the 25 miles along Desert View Drive to the Watchtower. Designed by famed park architect, Mary Colter and constructed in 1932. At the base is a gift shop. Above is an observation deck that, on a clear day, allows breathtaking views of the canyon for 100 miles or more. Inside the four story tower are replicas of ancient Native American petroglyphs and pictographs.

There is so much to explore and experience at Grand Canyon. There are burro rides, camping opportunities, hikes ranging from easy ľ mile to extremely difficult multi-day excursions, and ancient Tusayan ruins to discover. You can stay in the park and camp or enjoy one of several lodges or hotels. Or, you can simply drive through the park and enjoy the views and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

No matter how you spend your time at Grand Canyon, youíll have moments of beauty that will offer inspiration and wonder, and thatís what I always take away from my time at Grand Canyon National Park.


Grand Canyon National Park website:

Hiking Grand Canyon National Park, 3rd: A Guide to the Best Hiking Adventures on the North and South Rims (Regional Hiking Series)

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park to Twitter Add Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park to Facebook Add Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park to MySpace Add Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park to Del.icio.us Digg Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park Add Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park to Yahoo My Web Add Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park to Google Bookmarks Add Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park to Stumbleupon Add Visiting+Grand+Canyon+National+Park to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Hiking & Backpacking Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Gregory A. Kompes. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Gregory A. Kompes. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Hiking First Aid Kit - The Essentials

Hiking and Backpacking Newsletter Sign-up

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2016 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor