Grand Canyon National Park covers 1,218,375 acres in northwestern Arizona. It includes the most colorful parts of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Many attractions and activities are located within the park. Over 3 million will visit the South Rim. Nearly 750,000 will enjoy the North Rim. And 500,000 will visit the newly discovered West Rim. A trip to the bottom of the canyon and back (on foot or by mule) is a two day journey. Rim to rim hikers generally take three days one way to get from the North Rim to the South Rim. A trip through Grand Canyon by raft can take two weeks or longer. Experienced backpackers have spent weeks in the more remote areas of the canyon.
Grand Canyon National Park is home to a wide variety of animals. It has 75 species of mammals, 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, 25 species of fish and over 300 species of birds exist. Visitors can enjoy wildlife from a distance.
The breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon is enjoyable for all who visit. The number of things to do in the Grand Canyon is countless. Experience the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon for yourself. Marvel at the layer upon layer of rock, piled like a stack of pancakes. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face. Float down the river on a guided tour and watch wildlife surrounded by tiers of limestone, sandstone, and shale excavated by the Colorado River.
The Colorado River rushes at the bottom of the Grand Canyon National Park. Floating through the Colorado River's alternating series of hair-raising rapids and cathedral-still quiet water is the experience of a lifetime. Take a tour down the Colorado River and see deep into the Grand Canyon's characteristic gorge. Most tours take 7-18 days involving a variety of craft-paddle rafts, motorized rafts, and dories. But in reality there's a variety of river rafting tours on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. Cool water invigorates your spirit. Warm sun soothes your soul. Roaring rapids awaken your senses. Calm swirling pools restore your inner peace. Within these hallowed canyon walls, this glorious river's never-ending current carries you to new discoveries of majesty and beauty, and to new heights of excitement and adventure.
Whether hiking down below the rim, floating the Colorado River, or marveling at the touch of 2-billion-year-old rock under your fingers, it's interacting with this landscape that induces a unique state of awe. The Grand Canyon is a gift from past generations. Take time to enjoy this gift. Most people agree that Grand Canyon is the most spectacular destinations of all. No other place in the world looks quite like it.