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Since the Grand Canyon National Park's inception in 1919, gaping tourists have understood why President Theodore Roosevelt called the 277-mile-long chasm “one of the great sights that every American should see.” While snapping photos of river otters and Gila woodpeckers, more than 5 million people annually traverse the national treasure, encircled by conifer woodlands, desert basins and cascading waterfalls.

Visitors to the region also include geologists, archaeologists, biologists and paleontologists. A backdrop for numerous scientific expeditions, the 1,218,375-acre park—including Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim and Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim—features several major ecosystems. Lying on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona, it encompasses the Lower and Upper Sonoran, Transition, Canadian, and Hudsonian life zones. Rare flora and fauna thrive, with more than 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammalian and 47 reptile species calling the Grand Canyon home.

Biking, swimming, backpacking, fishing, hiking—whatever your interest, make sure you experience the slendor and mystery of the Grand Canyon.

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Travel Tips
  • Bring an extra set of car keys; it could be a long wait for a locksmith.
  • Film is available at the South Rim, but the closest camera repair is in Phoenix, AZ
  • There is an automobile mechanic on the South Rim, but you may experience delays waiting for parts or have to be towed to Flagstaff.
  • Distances are deceiving in this part of the country. It may look like you can visit three parks in one day, but reality is often different.
  • Keep your gas tank full. The next gas station may be quite a distance down the road.
  • Carry water in your car, particularly during summer months.
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