Grand Canyon national Park
One of the most visited and famous nature reserves in America is the Grand Canyon national Park. The giant chasm, which stretches on the Colorado plateau, covers an area of almost 5 thousand square meters. Today, its images can be seen everywhere: advertising, postcards, various videos and movies. The reserve is popular not only among tourists,but also residents of the United States.
The Colorado river flows along the bottom of the Grand Canyon, which caused its occurrence 5-6 million years ago.
Grand Canyon national Park and the Colorado river
The Grand canyon is a great creation of nature
The length of the canyon stretches for 450 km, and its width in some areas reaches 29 km. the Grand Canyon reaches a depth of 1800 meters. The canyon received the status of a National reserve in 1919 and was listed by UNESCO 60 years later. Despite the fact that the canyon is not the deepest or largest, the interest from lovers of natural beauty does not dry up, on the contrary, it grows every year.
Almost 4 million people visit it every year. It is especially popular among newlyweds who come here for a wedding photo shoot. A huge cluster of rocks, cliffs, waterfalls, canyons and caves resemble towers, pagodas and fortress walls. Admiring the magnificent creation of nature, it is difficult to even imagine the scale of changes that affected the once completely flat plateau.
Grand Canyon national Park and desert view
Diversity of flora and fauna
The Grand canyon Park has a very rich flora and fauna, because the climate here is just as diverse. If at the very bottom of the gorge the temperature can rise to +40, then on the plateau it reaches only +15 degrees. Here, the desert zone can change abruptly into forest areas, and oaks, birches, and pines replace agaves, cacti, and Yucca.
Grand Canyon national Park by boat
More than 1,600 species of vegetation, about 90 species of mammals, 47 species of reptiles, 355 species of birds, as well as 26 species of fish and amphibians can be found in The national Park zone. For those who like active recreation, it is possible to make the transition on the plateau, kayak, canoe or SUP-Board. Less active, it is proposed to make a survey of the canyon from a helicopter, an observation deck, and go down to the river on mules.
National Park Grand Canyon zapbarge
How to get there and what to see in Grand Canyon Park
You can get to the Grand canyon national Park in any way you like: by car, by bike, on foot, or as part of a tour group.
At the entrance, you can take the brochure The Guide, where there is a map of all car parks, but please note that you can only partially see the Grand Canyon by car, since there are no car parks at some points of view, and they are equipped only for public transport.
Grand Canyon national Park – free bus
The most convenient way to explore the territory of the southern edge of the Park (South Rim) is free buses. There are 4 routes in the Park:
Village Route blue buses run to the main places of infrastructure – Information center (Visitor Center), shopping center (Market Plaza), campground, cottages, shops and restaurants. The total travel time is 50 minutes round trip.
The orange Kaibab/Rim Route buses pass the most scenic points of view of the Grand canyon Park-starting from the Information center via South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, Yavapai Geology Museum and mother Point. Travel time: 50 minutes round trip.
National Park and Grand Canyon South Kaibab trail
The red Hermits Rest Road is 11 km long, and buses stop at 9 observation platforms with magnificent views of the Grand Canyon. Runs from March 1 to November 30. Travel time: 80 minutes round trip. This route allows tourists to get off at any stop to walk along the edge of the canyon to the next stop.
The purple Tusayan Route has 5 stops: Information center, IMAX theater, hotels, Grand Canyon national airport, and Tusayan village. Travel time: 40 minutes round trip (11 km).
Grand Canyon national Park observation deck
Interesting routes of the Grand canyon Park
Rim Trail Hiking trail
Rome Trail length: 21 km/13 miles (one way). The route is suitable for beginners, as you can take a bus at any stop.
How to get there: use the free red Hermits Rest Road bus to start your journey from a stop at any point. The trail itself runs from South Kaibab Trailhead in the East to Hermits Trailhead in the West.
What you will see: the scenic Hermit road; the labyrinths created by the Colorado river; a view of the canyon from the height of its southern slope.
Grand Canyon national Park and the rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail)
Length of the Angel trail: about 20 km/12 miles (round trip). The height difference is up to 1100 m, and the route complexity is above average.
Tips for tourists: calculate your strength – if at first it is a moderate walk downhill, then back-a heavy climb. In the summer season, it is better to go on the route at 6 am, as it becomes very hot by midday. Bring a hat and at least 2 liters of water per person.
Grand Canyon national Park and Angel Trail
Edge-to-edge route (Rim to Rim)
Length: about 40 km/25 miles. This is a road from end to end of the canyon. It is not recommended to pass in the summer, as it is very hot, and there is no water on some parts of the route.
Travel time: 3 days and 2 nights.
Difficulty: very difficult route. You need to buy a permit to pass and spend the night on the territory of the Grand Canyon. There are four campsites along the way where you can stay overnight: Indian Gardens, Bright Angel Campground, Phantom Ranch, Cottonwood campsite.
Useful tips: pre-order a transfer to the opposite side of the start of the track. Contacts-Grand Canyon Coaches (928-638-0281) or Trans-Canyon Shuttle (928-638-2820).
Grand Canyon national Park edge-to-edge route
Hermit Rest Road
The most successful section for novice tourists, as there is no saturated traffic. From March 1 to November 30, private cars are not allowed on this road and only public transport runs. You can rent a bike to take this route.
Grand Canyon national Park by Bicycle
Express for tourists
From the village of Grand Canyon, the Bright Angel Lodge is served by the Hiker’s Express bus.
Stops: Backcountry Information center, Visitor Center, and stop at the South Kaibab trail.
Departure times: 4: 00, 5: 00 and 6: 00 – in June. July, August; 5: 00, 6: 00 and 7: 00 – in may and September.
Grand Canyon national Park and Express for tourists
Skywalk observation deck on the Northern edge
Skywalk (“Sky walk”) is a transparent bridge with a view of the abyss. The design of the bridge itself is unique in that it was built on a rock 1200 m high, with a ledge over the cliff for 20 meters. The Skywalk bridge is only 3 meters wide and can accommodate up to 120 tourists.
National Park the Grand Canyon and the Skywalk
Ticket price to the Grand Canyon nature reserve
$ 20-individual ticket (hikers, bicyclists or as part of a non-profit group), valid for 7 days.
$ 30 – for passengers on a motorcycle (valid for 7 days);
$ 35-ticket for one car and all passengers in it (valid for 7 days);
$ 70-annual ticket to the Grand Canyon (valid for a year only for visiting this Park);
$ 80-total annual subscription for all parks included in the national parks system of America.
Schedule of visits to the Grand Canyon
North rim is open to tourists around the clock from may 15 to October 15. Then, inclusive, it is open during the day until November 30. From December 1 to the end of April – North Rim is closed to the public.
Grand Canyon and North rim national Park
The southern edge of the Grand Canyon (South Rim) is open to tourists around the clock 365 days a year.
The village of Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon Village) all year round.
The Grand canyon tourist center is open from 9: 00 to 17: 00.
Yavapai Geology Museum – from 8: 00 to 18: 00.
Backcountry information center – from 8: 00 to 17: 00.
Desert View-South Rim-25 miles (40 km) East of the village of Grand Canyon.
Kiva Shop watchtower – from 9: 00 to 17: 00.
The ladder of the watchtower, from 9:00 to 16:30.
Tusayan ruins and Museum – from 9: 00 to 17: 00.