The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is one of the wonders of the world. 277 miles long, a mile deep, and anywhere from 5 to 18 miles across, this canyon flaunts one of the most impressive landscape features that is beyond description. It would be a crime to be in the vicinity of the canyon and not see it. The Grand Canyon does justice to its name. It is grand. The scientists have explained that it was the result of the seismic activities and the water movement that left the flat land into a ridged canyon.
The rocky structure of the Grand Canyon is ridged in most places and experts indicate they are the result of extensive seismic activity that caused the formation of the canyon. If you ever converse with someone who has seen the Grand Canyon, they will tell you that it is different to see from every angle.
It is so vast and features so much landscape that you want to see it from every angle. From up and down, from side to side, from edge to edge. That is why most people come on holidays to the Canyon. They need ample time to truly experience the Grand Canyon.
If you are also planning to visit the Grand Canyon, here are the 10 best things you can do during your visit.
While you’re at the Grand Canyon, you cannot experience its great landscape and its atmosphere without actually hiking across the trails. The spectacular land formations, stunning scenic vistas and nature’s amazing colors are the reason that you need to visit and experience the Canyon on foot. However, you cannot randomly go hiking in the Canyon because it is vast and there’s a good chance that you might be lost. What you can do is take a hike on one of the most popular and best-maintained path, the Bright Angel Trail.
The Bright Angel Trail descends from the west end of Grand Canyon Village, following a route blazed by prospectors in the 1890s. It’s an 18-mile hike down to the Colorado River and back. If you are looking for a shorter day hike then you can cut off to Plateau Point which is 1,300 feet above the river and a 13-mile round-trip from the South Rim.
One of the older and more interesting paths for hiking is the old trail that drops down from Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa. Hiking on this trail, you can still see the remnants of an old copper mine that closed in 1907. It is a six-mile round-trip and gives a memorable overview of the Grand Canyon.
Yes, it seems like a great idea to live in a nearby motel and drive to the Grand Canyon in the morning and drive back at night. If you actually think about it, what you’re saving on rent, you’re spending on gas. So if you are planning to visit and experience the Grand Canyon, you can call ahead to the canyon’s concessionaire, Xanterra and make a reservation for staying at the Grand Canyon Village lodgings.
There are different accommodations according to the budget. The lodgings offer a great view from different angles and you get to stay in the Canyon. With specially preserved hotels to one-night lodges, you can find an accommodation best suited to your needs and budget.