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    Probably the single most amazing geological wonder in the world - over 3 million people come each year to view the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. An abyss more than one mile deep, from four to eighteen miles wide and over 150 miles long in bright desert colors. Visitors are not disappointed by its immense beauty.

    There are many different ways to explore the Grand Canyon, - Helicopter tours, whitewater rafting, backpacking hikes, overlook vistas from both the North Rim and South Rim.


    Arizona Grand Canyon Trek Canyoneering Adventure Treks

    Permit Required: For all backcountry trips and camping treks - Grand Canyon National Park, PO Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, 928-638-7875.

    WARNING: - Most trails are very steeped and descend deep into the canyon (over 5,000 feet). Going down might be easy - but it is very hard work to hike back up. These hikes are recommended only for those in excellent physical condition. Also remember to bring lots of water.

    South Rim trails are open year-round although snow will accumulate during the winter months. North Rim trails are open only May - October.

    Another form of canyoneering is taking a Muleback Trip. Again these also require that you be in good physical condition, weight under 200 lbs and have a good command of the english language. Make reservations well in advance. Both one-day and overnite trips to Phantom Ranch are available.

    • Bright Angel Trail - Most popular trail for descending into the canyon. This 9 mile trail starts at Bright Angel Lodge and descends 4460 feet to Phantom Ranch.

    • South Kaibab Trail - Very steep 7 mile trail starts near Yaki Point (3.5 miles east of Grand Canyon Village). Descends into the canyon to a suspension foot bridge over the Colorado and onto Phantom Ranch. This trail is not recommended for trying to exit the canyon.

    • North Kaibab Trail - 14.2 mile North Rim trail starts at head of Roaring Springs Canyon and descends 5840 feet to the river and Phantom Ranch.

    • Rim Trail - Easy 3.5 mile trail follows the West Rim is less strenuous then the other trails. Trail runs from Maricopa Point to Yavapai Museum.


    Arizona Grand Canyon Railroad Grand Canyon Railroad Tour

    Step aboard the Grand Canyon Railway for a trip to the majestic Grand Canyon you'll never forget. Feel the rumble of a vintage train as the engine chugs 65 miles across beautiful Northern Arizona countryside. The train offers kaleidoscopic views of the San Francisco Peaks and rolls through valleys adorned in wild flowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains and small canyons.

    The excitement begins at the historic 1908 Williams Depot. Before the train departs watch for a Wild West shootout featuring the Cataract Creek Gang in an outdoor theater. The Grand Depot Cafe next to the depot serves a great buffet breakfast.

    As the old iron horse chugs along, uniformed coach attendants provide you with white-gloved courtesy and service. Strolling musicians who conduct sing-a-longs, an Old West train robbery, and other antics.

    A narrated motorcoach rim tour enhances your visit by escorting you to the most scenic overlooks of the Canyon. A hot buffet lunch is included with the tour.


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    Arizona Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

    This half day tour takes off from Las Vegas Airport on an exhilarating flight to the Grand Canyon. You'll enjoy a 45-minute helicopter flight each way, land deep in the canyon for a champagne picnic, and fly low over the famous Las Vegas neon Strip on your return.

    You'll discover the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon as your air-conditioned helicopter flies to the West Rim, passing over Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam en route. Hoover Dam is a spectacular sight from the air, curved between the rock canyon walls.

    A very exciting (and fast) way to see the canyon is by aircraft or helicopter - you can see a lot more from the air than you can on foot. Most of the canyon is inaccessible by ground.


    Arizona Grand Canyon Geology Geology of Grand Canyon

    This natural wonder inspires the imaginations and greatest respect for nature, expressed in so many different ways. This author has even attended weddings held here.

    How the canyon was formed is a mystery, satellite photos show that river runs thru the heart of an immense flat hill (kaibab) and deepens at the rate of 50ft per million years. What is left today are immense limestone and sandstone formations. Desert wildlife here is abundant - visitors can encounter sheep, rabbits, eagles, vultures, mountain lions, spiders, scorpions, snakes and more.

    Earliest sign of human habitation dates to the Anasazi in 2000 BC. The first white men here were a party of Spaniards in 1540 - Coronado and his party were searching for Seven Cities of Gold of Cibola. In 1869 Maj. John Wesley Powell lead a major expedition (starting at Green River, Wyo.) down the length of the river canyon to Western Arizona. Only after the visits of John Wesley Powell in 1869 and 1871 did the canyon begin to get notoriety.

    Please note that Northern Arizona is heavily visited in the summer (May-August) which makes getting reservations difficult. The best time to visit is March / April / September / Octoboer when there is beautiful weather and less competition for reservations.

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    The most noteworthy section of this trail is where it crosses the abyss of the Grand Canyon.

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Location: South Rim overlook close to Train Depot;
Situated only one and a half miles from the Grand Canyon entrance. Where each spacious and well-appointed guest room at this Grand Canyon hotel feature cable satellite television and high-speed Internet access. Wake up each morning to a complimentary continental breakfast before sightseeing or taking advantage of the hotel's many amenities including an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, steam room, exercise facility and an arcade.

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Location: Close to US-180 exit from I-40 Freeway;

The Residence Inn Flagstaff offers a comfortable home base, whether visiting the Canyon, historic Downtown Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University, Route 66 or the red rocks of nearby Sedona.

The beauty of Arizona starts at the doorstep of our Flagstaff hotel, which overlooks both an 18-hole golf course and the Coconino National Forest. Spend the day shopping, only minutes away from the Flagstaff Mall and Marketplace.

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Grand Canyon National Park - The most famous landmark in the world.
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    Grand Canyon Hummer Tour
    West Rim VIP Tour

    Your family can ride across the Mojave Desert in a specially equipped Hummer H2. See Joshua Tree Forests, ancient indian villages and enjoy a Cowboy Cookout lunch at Guano Point. Upgrade package includes helicopter ride to canyon bottom and boat trip down the river.


    Grand Canyon Aerial Tour
    Tour Rates as Low as $140

    Fly over beautiful Lake Mead and the incredible Hoover Dam before flying to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon for breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. Las Vegas Departure.

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    450 Arizona 64 Tusayan, AZ 86023; 928-638-2203;
    Located near South Park Entrance.

    The larger-than-life cinema experience brings the Grand Canyon to the giant six-story screen. 34 minute feature highlights reveals many unique secrets that would otherwise take a lifetime to discover. The IMAX movie opens your eyes to a Grand Canyon that most donít know.

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* South Rim Tour *

    This is the most popular and easily assessible (from Flagstaff and Phoenix) vantage point. This place is open year round. There are pathways leading for several miles in both directions. Attractions include:

    • Mather Point - Major Vista overlook

    • Yavapai Geological Museum - displays about the canyon and large observation deck windows for great panoramic views

    • Grand Canyon IMAX Theater 638-2468. Open Daily. Located at the south rim park entrance with food court, gift shops, and info center. Special wide screen features about the Grand Canyon. Email: IMAX.

    • Desert View Watchtower - built 1932 in variety of indian styles and decorated with pictographs. Vast panoramic views of Northern Arizona

    • Visitors Center - Located 6 miles north of the South Entrance - includes museum and info center with dioramas and exhibits about the geology of the region. Ranger/naturalist on duty.

    • East Rim Drive - Great Scenic Drive takes you by several key features.

    • Tusayan Museum and Ruins - located 23 miles east of Grand Canyon Village is this exhibit of the Indians who once lived here.

    • Tusayan Pueblo - 800 year old Anasazi ruins easily reached by self-guided trail.

    • Grand Canyon Caverns
      Located off Route 66 halfway between Seligman and Kingman is a vast network caves that are over 300 million years old. A elevator takes you 210 feet below the surface.

    Watchtower
    Located at Desert View (25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim) is 1932 rest stop tower that offers commanding of the Grand Canyon and well across Northern Arizona.

    Havasu Canyon
    Havasu Canyon is a side canyon on the south side. It is really part of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Key features here include Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls, great places for swimming. Camping and lodging are available.

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arizona Grand Canyon Hotel Grand Canyon Grand Hotel
Route 64, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023;
Location: Tusayan Village;

The lodge, built in 1998, features the classic architecture and decor of America's great lodges with rustic timber, western ironwork, and immense log beams. A central lobby with a towering stone fireplace invites good books, lively games of checkers, and inquisitive conversations with travelers from around the world. The nearby grand piano inspires guests to play their favorite tunes and sing along. You might even enjoy a spontaneous guitar and fiddle jam session going on in the lobby.

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* North Rim Tour *

    North Rim is only open from from Mid-May to late-Oct. The vantage point is a more serene and a lot less crowded than South Rim. Campgrounds and cabins are available here (340-9033). There is also a lodge, general store, post office and gift shop.

    Tour Navajo Bridge
    Located at the far northeast corner of the park where Highway US-98A crosses the Marble Canyon gorge. The bridge is 616 feet long and 467 feet high. This is awesome sight as the highway approaches from either side are across a very flat mesa and the Colorado River cuts right thru the middle of up. About 22 miles west of the bridge and off the beaten path is House Rock Valley - home to a herd of wild bison.

    Tour Lee's Ferry
    Crossing point for the most direct route across the river. Originally John D. Lee operated a ferry here from 1872-1929. In 1929, the first road bridge across the river was built. This is also the most common starting point for whitewater rafting trips down the river.

    Tuweep Area
    Located in the northwest corner of the park is a site of recent volcanic activity ane unique views of the inner canyon. This place is accessible only by a 60 mile dirt road from Fredonia. No services are available. At the base is Vulcan's Throne a old cinder cone.

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Grand Canyon Holiday Inn Express

Route 64, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023;
Location: South Rim overlook near Train Depot;

The Grand Canyon Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites features 164 guest rooms and a 32 suite room annex. Free in-room high speed Internet access is available. We are entirely a non-smoking hotel. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located one mile from the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim entrance. Dining and entertainment within walking distance. 1/2 mile from the Grand Canyon Airport and Helibase. Air tours, jeep rides, raft trips, can be arranged from the hotel.

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* Phantom Ranch Tour *

    Campground and cabins are located at the bottom of the canyon and are only accessible by either muleback or dayhike from down the canyon sides of either North Rim or South Rim or by the river. Phantom Ranch is the mid-point of the Bright Angel Trail, a two-day hiking trail across the canyon. This is the only way across the river, the nearest road route is a 215 mile detour. A suspension bridge was built here in 1928. Reservations are required (638-2631) for either dining or lodging accomodations.

arizona Grand Canyon Hotel Grand Canyon Red Feather Lodge
Location: Tusayan Village
The Grand Canyon Red Feather Lodge is located one mile from the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park in the small town of Tusayan. We offer a motel and hotel section. The motel has two floors with stairs only to the second floor. Each room has an outside entrance. The newer hotel section has interior corridors and elevators.

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* There is about 277 miles of river inside the Grand Canyon *

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