Traveling has always been a passion. And traveling to different places has been a childhood dream. But when it comes to traveling I feel the wisest thing to do is to see each place thoroughly before moving on to the next one. Hence, for this article, I choose to tell you all about the Grand Canyon.
Words can do no justice to the rustic beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park. Declared a National Park in 1919, it is a testament to the vagaries of nature. Time has not been kind to the Grand Canyon but these very harsh elements of nature have led to this majestic formation.
The Grand Canyon is situated in northern Arizona. It lies in the southwestern part of the Colorado Plateau. Almost 270 miles long, 18 miles wide and a mile deep, the Grand Canyon presents a spectacular sight.
A Plethora of Colors
The Grand Canyon was formed 5 to 6 million years ago as the Colorado River eroded a channel through layers of rocks. Additionally, the volcanic activity in the region also played a major role in its present architecture.
At a glance, the Grand Canyon presents a colorful picture. The colors range from buff and gray, greens and pinks to browns, reds, and violets. Some say that the rocks look creamy orange on the top, then they change to bright vermilion as your sight moves down. Along the way, they change to chocolate brown and different shades of yellow. In reality, these colors are just minerals that are present in a large concentration in the rocks.
The Vantage Points
The two most popular places that tourists frequent are the South Rim and the West Rim. Both these places offer helicopter rides, jeep tours, hiking, and biking expeditions into the Grand Canyon along with rafting experience in the Colorado River. The main advantage of the South Rim is the “Skywalk” that in itself is an architectural wonder. There is yet another part of the Grand Canyon called the North Rim that offers guided horseback tours.
In all, the Grand Canyon is a sight to behold and must see for anyone visiting Arizona.
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