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I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Grand Canyon National Park Overlook

Grand Canyon National Park Overlook

The Grand Canyon

There are fantastic sites worldwide, and the Grand Canyon surely deserves its reputation as being one of them. It is one of the seven natural wonders!

Traveling to Arizona and visiting the Grand Canyon National Park, and departing with pictures and memories is a dream come true for most Americans and, for that matter, people from all around the world.

Wow! Amazing! Stupendous! Every superlative one might think to utilize in describing the feeling of being there and absorbing the beauty has already been spoken and written countless times.

Having visited the Grand Canyon on three different occasions thus far, it would be my great privilege to be able to enjoy it again sometime in the future. It is impossible to absorb all the nuances of beauty and have the time to explore all the nooks and crannies of the park in three visits. It would take a lifetime to see it all.

North and South Rims

All of my visits involved looking down at the canyon from the many overlooks provided within the park. And each time, the Grand Canyon was enjoyed from the South Rim by me and the others accompanying me on these vacations.

The vast majority of visitors see the Grand Canyon from the South Rim, about ninety percent of them. It is open year-round for visitors, while the North Rim is generally only open from mid-May to mid-October, depending upon weather conditions.

River Adventures in Grand Canyon

A nurse anesthetist I used to know when I was working in the operating room as a nurse many years ago used to go with friends to the Grand Canyon for a float trip down the Colorado River. She never tired of it and looked forward to the same vacation year after year.

She would tell of the excitement of running the rapids of the Colorado River, as well as drifting by the stunning and ever-changing scenery as viewed from the river looking up at the cliffs and canyon openings.

Camping at night along the Colorado River with the canyon walls looming up on either side of the river and listening to the sound of the water must have been thrilling. Beautiful as it is, gazing down into the Grand Canyon, seeing it from below, and looking up would be an even greater pleasure.

Mule Rides to Bottom of Canyon

Another set of our friends recently took the mule ride down into the canyon for an overnight stay at the Phantom Ranch Lodge. That could also be a thrilling experience if one is not afraid of heights. Although to date, no one has ever gone over a cliff while riding one of the sure-footed mules down into the canyon and back up, traversing those sometimes narrow paths with sheer drop-offs would not be for the faint of heart.

Hiking

Of course, people can also hike down into the canyon. It is an average depth of about one mile. Climbing back up generally takes people twice as long as hiking down. Free backcountry permits are required if one plans to backpack and spend the night on the canyon floor.

Amazing Flight Over The Grand Canyon

Photography

Taking pictures at the Grand Canyon provides ever-changing views depending upon the time of day, shadows from overhead passing clouds, changing weather, and the time of year. The location and subject matter would differ depending upon all of those circumstances and more.

Most people have camera equipment and snap photos or film their visits to the Grand Canyon. Before digital photography, I imagine that many rolls of film sold here because the views around each bend of the road and every overlook are so spectacular.

When my German friend who was visiting from Germany first looked at the Grand Canyon, she literally could not speak. She experienced a lump in her throat and tears in her eyes. She was overwhelmed by the experience of seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. This park was one of ten national parks on our list of places to visit one year when we decided to vacation together.

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Lodging and Other Structures

There are several lodges in the Grand Canyon National Park, and we had made reservations to stay at the Yavapai Lodge. One has to make reservations well in advance to spend the night, and this we did.

During the 1870s, the Atchison, Topeka, & Sante Fe Railway used to be the primary means of transporting people to this park. They also hired hotels and restaurants to be built to accommodate the travelers. Contracting with the Fred Harvey Company to manage these locations became a successful venture for both entities.

One evening we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at El Tovar, the original lodge built within the park boundaries. Near El Tovar and built on the edge of the Grand Canyon is the Hopi House. It sits near the canyon wall adjacent to the El Tovar Lodge.

Architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter designed the Hopi House and El Tovar. She extensively studied Anasazi Indian sites learning about their methods of building design. She incorporated native landscape materials in her structures to blend in with the surrounding views and look most natural to the site.

The Hopi House, besides offering tourists an idea of how Indian pueblos appear, primarily provides a unique setting for the merchandising of Native American goods.
Outside the pueblo, at regularly scheduled times, Native Americans in costume perform with songs and dances.

It is an opportunity to take away a little bit of the history of the tribes who originally occupied this beautiful area and still do on the many reservations surrounding the Grand Canyon, plus acquiring some souvenirs if desired.

Grand Canyon Facts

The Grand Canyon first was designated a national monument in 1908. It finally became a national park in 1919.

The Colorado River, through years of erosive action, carved this immense canyon from the Kaibab Plateau. It took anywhere from three to six million years, according to scientists, to achieve what is there today and by no means is this work finished. Continual action of the rushing river water plus other forces such as rain, wind, snow, frost, and heat is continuing to change shapes all along this majestic canyon.

Two hundred and seventy-seven miles of the Colorado River are within the Grand Canyon National Park. The widest point between canyon edges is about eighteen miles, with an average width of about ten miles. The Colorado River within the park averages 300 feet in width and is up to 100 feet in depth. At an average speed of about four miles per hour, the river provides plenty of movement for people taking rafting trips down the river.

The north rim of the Grand Canyon is around 8,000 feet above sea level, with the south averaging 7,000 feet above sea level. This height accounts for the south side being warmer and able to be open year-round. Average temperatures on the south side during the summer are from the 50s to the 80s Fahrenheit. In the winter, these temperatures can drop to below zero Fahrenheit. It is about 30 degrees warmer down in the canyons. On the north rim, people can count on the temperatures being about ten degrees cooler.

Deer are abundant in the park, but there are also other animals. Within the Grand Canyon are 70 species of mammals that people can see at one time or another. Also, for bird watchers, the 250 species that reside here at one time or another can keep visitors happily occupied in spotting them.

Deer at the Grand Canyon

Deer at the Grand Canyon

The Stone Boat

A sign adjacent to this old boat at the Grand Canyon showed the following:

"This unnamed boat, used on the Julius F. Stone expedition, is the oldest remaining boat that has run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.

The 1,300 mile trip began at Green River, Wyoming, on September 12, 1909, and ended November 19 at Needles, California.

Pioneer river runner Nathaniel Galloway designed the 16 foot, flat bottomed, cataract boat to run rapids stern first."

The Stone Boat

The Stone Boat

Kolb Studio

Private enterprises operated along the canyon rim before the Grand Canyon was a national monument or a national park.

The Kolb brothers owned a photographic studio. The National Park Service now operates out of that building. There is an auditorium inside as well as a bookstore. Frequent art exhibits are also on display at that location.

The Kolb brothers used to take black and white photos of the people descending the canyon on mules. They would expeditiously have the film developed and for sale upon the visitor's return. An interesting fact that I recently learned was that their developing studio was about a 45-minute walk down into the canyon. They must have kept themselves in great physical shape scurrying up and down those canyon walls regularly!

Kolb Studio at the Grand Canyon

Kolb Studio at the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Skywalk

There is now a West Rim Grand Canyon site that has opened and a skywalk built since my last three visits. The roads getting to that site are mostly graded but can be bumpy and rutted the final 18 miles depending upon rains. Most of the visitors get there from tours arranged and originating in Las Vegas.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

No matter how one chooses to travel to the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and how one elects to enjoy this natural wonder while there, one will surely come away from that site with a feeling of awe and wonder.

You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view, as if it were a changeless spectacle from which a curtain might be lifted, but to see it, you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths.

— John Wesley Powell

Slideshow of our visiting the Grand Canyon in January one year. Snow on the ground and the cold winter weather made for fewer crowds of people.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

The Skywalk is new since my last visit to the Grand Canyon. It is another tourist attraction for those people not afraid of heights. The scenery there is fantastic! Thanks for your visit and comment.

manatita44 from london on March 26, 2021:

It was Bill who first brought the Canyon to my attention. I knew of it, but he made it much grander, filled with grandeur and awe. Your videos and pictures are amazing and yes, I would love to do the Skywalk one day. Some of my friends have ran there, with our World Harmony Torch. Stupendous scenes indeed! Estupendo!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Thanks for reading this article and looking at the photos and videos concerning the Grand Canyon. Yes, that stone boat is something! Sending blessings your way today.

Misbah Sheikh on March 25, 2021:

Hello Peggy,

This is an interesting and informational hub. You have mentioned interesting facts as well. I like the pictures and videos, too. The stone boat looks cool.

I enjoyed it a lot

Thanks for sharing

Blessings

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2021:

The word 'grand' is almost an understatement when describing the Grand Canyon National Park. What word would you use?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2021:

Hi Edward,

I am so glad that reading this article brought back memories of your visits to the Grand Canyon. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

Edward on March 23, 2021:

This article brings back so many pleasant memories of my visits to the Grand Canyon.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2015:

Thanks Albert,

So glad you liked it! Hope you get to visit the Grand Canyon someday. Nice seeing you here in Houston on your latest trip here from Germany.

albert on January 22, 2015:

Super article

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2014:

Hello ReviewsfromSandy,

So nice that you have gotten to visit the Grand Canyon. Am sure it is a memory you will never forget.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on August 29, 2014:

We were there many years ago before we were married.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2014:

Hi Shyron,

Nice that you at least got to see the Grand Canyon as a child. Some of those images stick with you no matter how old you get! Thanks for the shares.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 23, 2014:

Oh Peggy, this is amazing , beautiful and interesting and voted that way.

I was a child and was awestruck, I can only imagine if I saw again. It is too beautiful.

Thumbs up, and pinned and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2014:

Hi Becky,

Very happy to be able to share my photos and information about the Grand Canyon with you and others. :)

Becky from Oklahoma on July 16, 2014:

Beautiful photos and great information for anyone traveling to that area. Thanks for sharing tips and other information about your trip.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2013:

Hi Mary,

So glad to know that you enjoyed this hub regarding the Grand Canyon National Park. That one You Tube slideshow showing photos taken in January was my first attempt at producing such a thing. For people who have never visited the Grand Canyon, with all of the photos and videos they will at least have an idea of some of its grandeur. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share. Appreciate it! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2013:

Hi Louise,

Thanks for your comment. Learning how to incorporate some of these Grand Canyon photos into a You Tube slide show with music was an adventure. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2013:

Hi Cheryl,

So happy to hear that you liked this hub about the Grand Canyon and especially my first attempt at making a You Tube video. Thanks for your comment.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 08, 2013:

This Hub is a treasure chest of gorgeous photos and videos of this magnificent wonder. You really did an outstanding job here, and you should be very proud of this Hub!

Voted this UP, and will certainly share.

\\Louise on February 08, 2013:

Wonderful Hub, Peggy! I loved your slide show! Thanks.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on February 08, 2013:

Beautiful photos of the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon. Very insightful information and videos. The Grand Canyon is really breathtaking. Great youtube video you created. You are a natural artist. Great hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2012:

Hello hypnosis4u2,

That it is! It is no wonder that the Grand Canyon is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. Happy to hear that you enjoyed these many photos. Thanks for your comment.

hypnosis4u2 from Massachusetts on January 22, 2012:

One of the wonders of the world and your hub captured it nicely.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2011:

Hello CWanamaker,

I guess whoever gave the adjective "grand" to the Grand Canyon knew what they were doing. Glad to hear you liked these pictures that I took in different seasons of the year. Thanks for your comment.

Christopher Wanamaker from Arizona on October 09, 2011:

Amazing gallery and photographs. This is such a beautiful place. Mother nature really out did herself.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

Overwhelming is a good word to describe being at the Grand Canyon National Park. It is hard for words to do it justice. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 09, 2011:

I remember many years ago seeing the Grand Canyon and somewhere there should be pictures I took.My memories are dim since everything on the trip was overwhelming. I had seldom been away from Minneapolis back then.It would be nice to see it again.Voted up and awesome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 06, 2009:

Hi ripplemaker,

When you travel to Arizona to the Grand Canyon National Park, give it a nod from me please. Would love spending more time there myself! Thanks for the comment.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on October 06, 2009:

Hi Peggy, awesome! Including this in my bucket list too! LOL Grand Canyon, here we come!!!