Visiting the Grand Canyon

One of the things we at love to do is take advantage of our own beautiful country. We love to visit our country’s national parks.

Did you know that there are 423 of them scattered throughout the United States? That’s an average of more than eight per state!

The first one that I ever visited, and still one of my favorites, is the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s great natural attractions. I’ve been privileged to be able to visit see the canyon from both the north and south rims.

There are few, if any, landscapes more awe-inspiring than this natural wonder.

The great thing about visiting the canyon is that it can be toured by car (portions of the South Rim), on foot, by boat, and by air.

The park is popular for hiking and camping and each rim does have attractive government-owned hotels, which is where I’ve stayed.

There are trails on both rims which one can take advantage of and the views from either vantage point are astounding. While the South Rim is open year-round, the North Rim is open only from mid-May until mid-October.

There are numerous trails available for hiking ranging from 30 minutes to multi-day.

Some hikes are hug canyon walls, are very steep, and should not be attempted by anyone who is not in good physical condition or has a fear of heights. Additionally, for safety’s sake, it’s always best to hike with someone. It’s not unusual for hikers to get lost or to suffer from heatstroke during summer months.

If you don’t want to hike, mule rides are available down the canyon on both rims.

Although it might not be the top reason that one visits the Grand Canyon, the park is inhabited by elk, mountain lions, mule deer, and many other smaller creatures found only around the canyon, such as the Kaibab squirrel. One might even see a California Condor soaring over the canyon.

Just outside the south entrance of the canyon is one of the oldest IMAX theaters in the country showing “Grand Canyon: The Movie,” one of the longest running IMAX movies shown in one location.

Toward the western end of the canyon, about a 4-hour drive from South Rim, is the Skywalk at Eagle Point, a glass bridge jutting 70-feet out over the rim of the canyon.

If you really want to experience the grandeur of the canyon you can take a helicopter ride from the Grand Canyon Airport which is just a ten minute drive from the South Rim.

You can also see the canyon while white-water rafting. There are both upper-canyon and lower-canyon trips and depending upon the company offering the service, and your desire, may consist of one long day drip or an overnight trip. Personal rafting trips are available on a lottery basis.

No matter what you decide to do around the Grand Canyon, it’s bound to be adventurous. Many of us at Get Ranked On Page One can’t wait to get back!