"Getting to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon" Top 5 Page for this destination Grand Canyon National Park by richiecdisc

Grand Canyon National Park Travel Guide: 620 reviews and 1,614 photos

Immense, not only in its vast size, but also in its place in the psyche of Americans by citizenship and those who travel here from afar by choice, the Grand Canyon is the icon of the American National Park system. Even with such hype, few are disappointed by their first gander of its grandeur on broaching the canyon's rim. It is that rare time that one can precisely imagine how our predecessors on the planet felt on first seeing it. It's likely exactly as we do now. In complete and utter awe. It would be a losing conjecture to argue that Native Americans have not held this special place sacred long before the white man laid eyes on it. But by the same token, even as these rightful inhabitants gain more control over their native lands in general, the Grand Canyon is unlikely to ever be taken from the realm of the masses. It is just too big a part of what the United States stands for when in control by leaders who truly understand its doctrines. Protection of those things special take precedence over gain in the monetary, and needless to say short run. The Grand Canyon is one thing we must all learn to share. Its preservation is our salvation.

you want it, they have it

One of the most developed in the National Park System, the Grand Canyon is accessible from every angle imaginable. There are scenic drives along the rim with many pullouts featuring explanatory signs.The new Visitor Center is something out of Disney World, as big it seems as the canyon itself. You can hike along the rim for a flat and scenic walk or hike to varying degrees into the canyon. Full amenity camping is offered on the rim and back country campsites at various spots on the way into and at the bottom of the canyon. You can either walk or ride a mule to these. Rafting is also popular on the Colorado River. This may all add up to a very crowded place during the main season but there's no denying that you name it, the Grand Canyon has it.

  • Last visit to Grand Canyon National Park: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 7, 2009
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  • RockiesTraveler's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Great Tip! Finally, someone else that knows about the Oriental rice porridge :)

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Just poppin' by. LOVE this page...

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Great enjoyable page Richie! Thanks for your views on the North and South Rim, very helpfull! I hope to visit the Grand Canyon this autumn if all goes well, most likely North Rim. Hahaha, and yes, that means I am a returning visitor ;-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Fantastic photos and insightful texts, as always! I always enjoy reading the stories in your General Tips. And yes, I was surprised to see your wildlife photos. That collared lizard does look ferocious, for its size.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    I agree that the North Rim is where it is at! Though, there is definitely something to be said for floating the river too:-]

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    I got to read this at last, very informative about the hikes..one year maybe I'll get here. Can you walk down and mule up!!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2009 at 7:13 AM

    Hey Richie, slow down!! I'm just climbing up out of your Grand Canyon page and you are already over the horizon in Utah! A beautiful page, loved all the pics and tips! Angel's Window is amazing.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    I remember my first view of the Canyon, in a freak June snowstorm on the North Rim ;-)) Awesome photos, practical advice and wonderful impressions Richie - a five star page if ever I saw one!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    My goodness... your photos are exceptional!! The best so far together with the NM ones. Amazingly much hiking you did, extra special off path ones :-) I am amazed how expensive this all is now (my last time was 1989.. oh well)

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    That was a BIG backpack...we deserved double mashed...and chicken...and chips & salsa :)

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