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.
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.