Grand Canyon National Park

Found on the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most studied geologic landscapes in the world. The canyon, created when drainage systems carved the semi-arid desert, offers a record of three of the four eras of geologic time and supports five of the seven life zones. The park protects endemic and threatened species and rare ecosystems like the boreal forest.

As a visitor, you can enjoy extensive hiking and backpacking trails or raft the majestic Colorado River, either with a professional rafting guide or on your own on a private river trip. Explore the many activities of the popular Southern Rim or venture to the remote Northern Rim, visited by only ten percent of park visitors. From Tuweep Overlook, enjoy views of the Colorado River 3,000 feet below that will take your breath away. A gorgeous classroom of arid-land erosion and a hub of outdoor recreation, the Grand Canyon is a true wonder of the American Southwest, and of the North American continent.

—Caroline Griffith



Air pollution is among the most serious threats to national parks. The National Park Service has established the NPS air quality webcam network to show “live” digital images of more than a dozen parks. Click here to see current air conditions at Grand Canyon National Park.


Grand Canyon New Year

Capture “the Grand” at the grandest time of year as you ring in the New Year along the southern rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Only 4 spots remain on this winter adventure.

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August 28, 2014

remember going there on family vacation close to 30 years ago when i was about 9 or 10(am 40 now). now will be going again with my parents in 3 days. sure it will live up to what i remember, how could it not it's the GRAND CANYON!!!


June 23, 2014

We stayed at the South Rim over Memorial Day weekend. The word awesome is becoming trite, so we will describe the canyon as awe inspiring. Weather was perfect. Even saw a rainbow over the canyon.


March 6, 2014

it was one of the most amazing places I've ever been to

aunt shirley

October 1, 2013

I went to the grand canyon and it was very beautiful, we just got back last week, and I wish I could stay forever. It is amazing what nature is.


October 1, 2012

I am excited to be going there very soon.


November 18, 2011

My wife and I got married at Grand Canyon National Park last week. It was one of the most spiritually exhilarating experiences of our lives. The day before the wedding, we both saw the canyon for the first time and were moved to tears. We explored all the sites on the South Rim, and have to say that Lipan Point is the most beautiful.


November 10, 2011

My wife and I visited the Grand Canyon in April of 2010. We took a van tour the first day. Kevin was a great guide and with his spotting scope, we saw stuff no one else did. When I saw the canyon for the first through the last time, the only words I could think of was WOW. What you read, what you see on TV does not prepare you for what you see. The second day we took a helicopter ride through Maverick and it was totally awesome to see. A big thanks to all for a great visit.


November 10, 2011

We just got back from the Grand Canyon. We went down to Phantom Ranch on the mules, and it was without a doubt the most wonderful experience I have ever had traveling. The staff at Bright Angle Lodge were friendly and helpful, and our mule guide, Terri, was exceptional. I will definitely go back again. Seeing the canyon from below the rim, is especially wonderful, and it really lets you see the essence of the canyon.


November 10, 2011

When I visited the Grand Canyon, it was very windy, but the sun was bright, so my spirits and those of my grandmothers would not be swayed by the breeze. The animals were delightful and there were many of them as I ran around constantly to take photographs of them all. Even after the sun started to set, the Grand Cayon had all of its majestic wonder and awe in store and we left feeling sated for our long drive home.


November 10, 2011

Spent 5 days 3 on North Rim 2 on the South Rim.. Both very enjoyable. RTeally loved the North Rim as it is quieter and a lot less people therer. Views from South Rim are a little better but I HIGHLY recommend that you visit both.

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