Those who have been fortunate enough to have visited the Grand Canyon will attest to the notion that the peerless marvels of the Grand Canyon cannot sufficiently be described or passably depicted by mere words. The timeless layers upon layers of red rocks are perpetually chiseled to perfection by the mighty wind, rain and the Colorado River; inevitably resulting in a natural, grand masterpiece worthy of the highest praise and reverence.
On a more scientific note, the Grand Canyon is located in the State of Arizona and is among one of the best well known tourist attraction in the world. The Grand Canyon’s vast scale is reflected in its length, width and depth; 277 miles long, 18 miles across and 6,000 feet deep. According to geologists, the Colorado River first started charting its course through the valley some 17 million years ago and continues to shape and form the canyon as we know it today.
John Wesley Powell is the one responsible for the term Grand Canyon after he had completed his first expedition of the Canyon in 1869. He scoffed at the idea of using the term “Big Canyon” or “Great Canyon” and opted to use the term “Grand” instead. A name proven to be capable of withstanding the test of time.
There’s a small museum situated on Yavapi Point (one of the overlooking platforms) which is a fountain of information for visitors looking to learn the general history of the Canyon as well as the Native American people living there; the Canyon’s stewards and caretakers.
The Grand Canyon subsequently became a national park in 1919 and presently offers visitors and adventurers alike to participate in a number of challenging outdoor activities. Some of the more popular activities include hiking, mule riding, camping as well as aerial/helicopter tours. Those interested in rafting should definitely include the Colorado River’s white-water rafting on their to-do list.