Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Grand Canyon National Park
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Location Arizona, USA
Nearest city Fredonia, AZ (north rim) and
Grand Canyon, AZ (south rim)
Area[1] 1,217,403 acres (4926.7 km²)
{1,180,863 acres (4778.8 km²) - federal}
Established February 26, 1919
Visitors[2] 4,413,668 (in 2007)
Governing body U.S. National Park Service
Entrance fee $12/person or $25/vehicle for 7 days
Website NPS - Grand Canyon


The Grand Canyon is a 277-mile-long canyon in Arizona famed for its spectacular views and impressive depth (up to one mile). Its bowl-like shape suggests that it was formed by rushing water during or after the Great Flood. Liberal geologists, however, claim that the Colorado River carved the entire Grand Canyon millions years ago by eroding its rock walls, even though the shape of the walls are mostly vertical (rather than a gradual slope) and the shape of the basin is inconsistent with the path of the river.[3]

Photographic Geology Tours

  • Colorado River Raft Tour. Take a virtual raft trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
  • Phantom Ranch Tour. Hike into the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch along the Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails.
  • South Rim Tour. Tour the South Rim from the Little Colorado River Gorge to the Canyon Village area.
  • Historic Tour. See imagery from John Wesley Powell's Second Expedition (1871-1872).

See also


  1. NPS Listing of Acreage 9/30/2008
  2. NPS Reports -> Ranking Report -> 2007

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