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Grand Canyon

80 mi NW of Flagstaff, AZ




1,217,262 acres


4,733,705 in 2023


Grand Canyon National Park, located in the southwestern United States, is a natural wonder of immense scale and beauty. Carved by the Colorado River over millions of years, the canyon's vast expanse stretches for miles, showcasing layers of rock that reveal Earth's geological history. Visitors come from all over the world to marvel at the canyon's breathtaking vistas, deep gorges, and colorful cliffs. Hiking trails wind their way along the rim and into the canyon, offering adventurers unforgettable experiences and breathtaking views. The park's diverse ecosystems support a wide variety of plant and animal life, from desert plants to elusive wildlife like bighorn sheep and California condors. Whether exploring its depths, admiring its vistas, or learning about its natural history, Grand Canyon National Park offers a truly awe-inspiring experience for all who visit.


Grand Canyon National Park is not only renowned for its stunning geological formations but also for its diverse wildlife. Within its rugged landscape, visitors may encounter a variety of animals, including mule deer, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep. Birdwatchers are treated to sightings of majestic California condors soaring above the canyon's cliffs. The park's riparian areas along the Colorado River provide habitats for numerous species of birds, amphibians, and small mammals. Exploring the park's trails offers opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitats, adding an extra layer of fascination to the Grand Canyon experience.

Sounds of the Park

Things to Do

Visitors at Grand Canyon National Park can hike, hike, ride mules, take a helicopter tour, or go rafting in the Colorado River. Note that the colder North Rim is only open to the public during the summer, while the warmer South Rim is open year round.

When to Visit

Grand Canyon National Park has a desert climate with hot, dry summers and cool to cold, moderately snowy winters. Due to the park's altitude, summers are not nearly as hot as elsewhere in Arizona, although the park can get crowded during this time. For the best balance between mild weather and manageable crowds, visit in either the spring (March through May) or fall (September through November).

Ties to Stephen Mather

Grand Canyon National Park was established in February 1919, during Stephen Mather's tenure as director of the National Park Service. Furthermore, visitors can view the park from the south rim's Mather Point overlook.

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Fun Fact

Grand Canyon National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

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