|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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- 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,
- 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
- Carry water in your car, particularly
during summer months.