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General Visitor Info

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Services & facilities year round.

Services & facilities mid-May to
mid-October.  Day use only
starting in mid-October.

  The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than an awe-inspiring view. It is more than a pleasuring ground for those who explore the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent Colorado River.

This canyon is a gift that transcends what we experience. Its beauty and size humble us. Its timelessness provokes a comparison to our short existence. In its vast spaces we may find solace from our hectic lives. The Grand Canyon we visit today is a gift from past generations.

Grand Canyon was designated as a national park in 1919.  It has long been one of the most popular of all America's national parks.

Hiking, camping, horseback riding and mule rides are favorite land based activities in the Grand Canyon.  Both guided and self-guided tours down into the Canyon are popular.  Hikers are warned not to climb on cayon walls, to be aware of the high elevation (which averages from 7000-8000 feet) and to carry plenty of water, as the hot, dry temperatures are potentially dangerous.

Officials recommend that visitors do not hike alone.  Also, hiking in the canyon can be very strenuous.

Popular water-based activities include white water rafting, kayaking and fishing.  Guided river tours on the Colorado are available.  Trips on the Colorado river should be planned in advance.

Scenic flights over the Grand Canyon are also available to the visitor.



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