Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
When in Arizona, do what the world does: Visit the Grand Canyon and surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. It’s a landmark location defining so much of our natural world. You can head here any time of the year. Just be sure if you’re someone who prefers crowds or not. Summer and spring break make for the busiest times. Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world. Check out other wonders of the world.
Weather at the Grand Canyon : It’s basically a high-desert region, so expect unpredictable weather changes. There are two locations that are a must-see. The North and South Rims are the Grand Canyon, so to speak. The North Rim closes mid-October through mid-May due to weather conditions. (credit)
The Grand Canyon Activities
If you want that classic Western movie feel, take the mule rides. They show you a view beyond belief and you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. One issue, though, is that you’ve got to book these rides at least six months in advance (for the not-so-busy season) and thirteen months in advance (for the busy season). (photo Credit)
There are rafting trips too, adding a superb element to your overall experience. Be sure to book these a year in advance. As you can imagine, with all these pre-bookings, the sheer number of people who come here to view such majesty is proof of the Grand Canyon’s ageless splendor.
Grand Canyon - Xanterra Parks & Resorts
The Xanterra Parks & Resorts is a great place to stay and the food is amazing. They’re near the South Rim and also at the Phantom Ranch, a place deep inside the Canyon itself. Grand Canyon National Park! Well, the name alone speaks volumes. The Grand Canyon is protected by environmental and preservation laws, making it ideal for generations of families to come see it. When you find yourself in the Park, pick up the free detailed map. Don’t forget The Guide, a newspaper with a schedule of free programs. It’ll help make your stay that much more memorable.
Take a trip down the 23-mile Desert View Drive; the view’s a killer. The $50 Grand Canyon Pass is worth every cent, if you’re planning on spending 12 months here. It grants you access to the site for that time frame. Just visiting? There’s the $25 fee per vehicle. If you’ve chosen to bike about or walk, it’s $12 per person.
There are plenty of ways you can travel around the North and South Rims, so do your research and see what you’d prefer. There are air tours too and don’t forget the hiking opportunities. Stretching 277 miles from end to end, with walls that drop at least a mile to the canyon floor, you can be rest assured that the sights will thrill. Check out the Havasupai Falls and the town of Supai. They add to the rich past of this majestic region in Arizona called the Grand Canyon.
HorseShoe Bend, Grand Canyon National Park
HorseShoe Bend in Arizona is one of the places not to miss if you are visiting the Grand Canyon. Glen Canyon Dam is about 2 and a half hours drive from the Grand Canyon National Park. You can see the HorseShoe bend from Glen Canyon. You will have to hike to the area from where you can see the HorseShoe Bend. The view of the Colorado River from the top is absolutely spectacular. Visit HorseShoe Bend for more information.