Grand Canyon Facts

Friday, April 7, 2023

I just returned from the grand canyon. While I was there I realized that I didn't know a lot about the canyon. I hope you will find this list of facts interesting and learn something new.

The Grand Canyon is a mile deep, 277 miles long and 18 miles wide.

Grand Canyon Facts

The Grand Canyon is located in the state of Arizona.

Although this is debated, the grand canyon is estimated to be 5 to 6 million years old.

The Colorado river runs through the Canyon. It averages 300 feet (91 m) across and about 40 feet (12 m) deep.

Grand Canyon Facts

The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. An estimated 5.9 million people visit the Grand Canyon a year.

Phantom Ranch is the only lodging below the canyon rim. It has dorms and cabins. A lottery system is used for reservations. You can only hike in, ride a mule in, or raft the Colorado river to Phantom Ranch.

Grand Canyon Facts

From personal experience, although the canyon is amazing to look at from the top, the real beauty of the canyon is discovered at the bottom of the canyon.

The popular Kaibab trail ( Kaibab means mountain lying down)  was dedicated on June 15th, 1925. The trail built at a total cost of just under $73,000.

Temperatures vary greatly within the canyon.Temperatures at the bottom can be 15 to 30 degrees warmer than the top rim. The coldest temperature recorded was –22 °F on the North Rim on February 1, 1985. The warmest was 120°F at Phantom Ranch on several dates during summer months.

Many people take organized mule trips into the canyon. John Hance is believed to be the first to put tourists on mules for a ride  into the canyon. He opened a hotel about 15 miles east of where the present Grand Canyon Village sits, and advertised lodging and mule rides as early as 1887.

The Grand Canyon became a national park February 26.1919.


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