Arizona Visitor's Guide

Grand Canyon National Park Geology
The Grand Canyon, a World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona. The land is semi-arid and consists of raised plateaus and structural basins typical of the southwestern United States. Drainage systems have cut deeply through the rock, forming numerous steep-walled canyons. Forests are found at higher elevations while the lower elevations are comprised of a series of desert basins.

Grand Canyon National Park and Wildlife
Enjoy wildlife from a safe distance. What is a safe distance? If the animal obviously knows you are there, you are too close. Seemingly tame squirrels, ravens, coyotes, deer, and elk, accustomed to human handouts, can turn aggressive without warning. You could be harmed! If wildlife approaches you, back slowly away and give them space.

Geologic Activity
The overall silence and stillness that many visitors experience at the Grand Canyon does not hint of the geologic processes that are active today, or in the recent past, in the canyon. Except for the occasional visitor who hears a rock fall, or a rare large landslide, it is not apparent that the canyon is actively getting bigger. However, the erosional processes that originally formed the Grand Canyon are still active today as the Colorado River and its tributaries slowly cut deeper into the canyon. As the shadows lengthen across the spires and buttes, time passing into the depths of the canyon, understand what this great chasm passes to us - a sense of humility born in the interconnections of all that is and a willingness to care for this land. We have the responsibility to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to form their own connections with Grand Canyon National Park.

Geologic Formations
The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is a world-renowned showplace of geology. Geologic studies in the park began with the work of Newberry in 1858, and continue today. The Grand Canyon's excellent display of layered rock is invaluable in unraveling the region's geologic history. Extensive carving of the plateaus allows for the detailed study of the Earth's movements. Processes of stream erosion and vulcanism are also easily seen and studied.

Grand Canyon Scenic Vistas
Grand Canyon National Park is world renown for its scenic vistas. With ever-changing and colorful scenery of enormous proportions, it is widely considered one of the world's most spectacular landscapes. In Grand Canyon National Park, pine and fir forests, painted deserts, sandstone canyons, mesas and plateaus, volcanic and geologic features, the Colorado River, perennial streams, and waterfalls contribute to incredible panoramic views.

North and South Rim
The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7000 feet/ 2134 m above sea level. South Rim The North Rim is over 8000 feet/ 2438 m above sea level.

$25 - 7 Days - Vehicle

Quick Highlights
Canyons, Caves, Faults, Springs and Seeps, Rivers and Streams, Biological Soil Crusts, Wildlife, Crustaceans, California Condor, Cactus, Wildflowers, Tamarisk, Geologic Formations

Hours of Operation
South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services are available and facilities are open year round.

Trails Backcountry Hiking Info Horseback Riding Day Hike River Trip Backcountry Hiking Corridor Hikes Backcountry Travelers Primitive Hikes Grandview to S Kaibab Trail Mule Trips South Rim and More!

Best Sellers

Wolf'Em Stick

Wolf'Em Stick


no reviews yet
low rate guarantee
to the top