It is a canyon located in northern Arizona (mostly within the Grand Canyon National Park) created by the Colorado River.
The Grand Canyon boasts impressive dimensions; 446 km in length, and a maximum height of about 1600m.
UNESCO declared this natural wonder a World Heritage Site in 1979.
Grand Canyon Areas
- West Rim: is the closest area to Las Vegas. Here we find the Skywalk a glass walkway horseshoe-shaped, suspended over the void at about 1200 meters from the bottom of the Canyon
- North Rim: is the most isolated and most difficult access area as it’s usually covered with snow
- South Rim: is the most visited area because it is located in the heart of Grand Canyon National Park. The views are gorgeous and the access is easy.
The easiest way to visit Grand Canyon and what most people do is visit the South zone by car or in a bus guide tour; I chose this option (by car) because I only had one day to visit the area and because it was very cold.
If you have the chance, take the opportunity to stay a few days in the area and try some activities such as rafting, descending down the river or hiking. I would have loved to ascend to the bottom the valley.
There are companies that organize tours from Las Vegas and even helicopter tours to see the canyon from above.
I went in December; I stayed at a hotel located near the entrance of the South Rim of Grand Canyon.
We got up very early, it was super cold. The water bottles we had left in the car were completely frozen and we had to wait a while until the car warmed to be able to leave.
I was super excited because Grand Canyon was in my bucket list for quite a long time!
Our idea was to cover the entire southern zone; we only had one day, so we drove along the road that runs parallel to the south canyon.
We started in the westernmost area, known as Hermits Rest.
It is a national historic monument; an arch with a bell and a stone building built in 1914.
Inside the building we found a shop with souvenirs and Native American crafts.
We took the opportunity to walk and to run a little to get warm. 😉
We were delighted with gorgeous views.
In some areas there were still some snow.
We returned to the car and we drove again, stopping to see various viewpoints and historic buildings.
In each viewpoint I was amazed by the stunning panoramas. I would never get tired of watching; nature is amazing and the beauty of this place is just spectacular.
I did some stretching… 🙈
We also stopped to greet these horses, one of my favorite animals; I grew up with horses (my parents were horsemen) and every time I interact with these animals I feel connected with my roots and that makes me feel happy. 🙂
By the way, it seems like this horse fell in love with me.
He gave me a good kiss on the face! LOL
We continued the route, it was becoming warmer, the sun was shining and it was nice to walk and explore a bit every time we got off the car.
At the end we reached the viewpoint located in the eastern part of the South Rim, known as Desert View.
This is the highest point on the South Rim and the views from here are majestic.
Here we saw an emulation of a watchtower of the Anasazi Indians, where you can also find a souvenir shop.
After this stop, we decided it was time to leave (we expected a long drive), but not before stopping to see a lake near by that was completely frozen.
We had fun trying to figure out how much weight the ice was able to withstand.
And this was our wonderful day visiting the majestic Grand Canyon.
Thanks for following my adventures.
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