Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

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One of the grandest natural wonders in the world, Grand Canyon South Rim stretches 446 km (277 mi), reaching a width of 29 km (18 mi) and a depth of nearly 2 km (1.1 mi). Nearly 2 billion years old, the canyon walls expose nearly half of earth's lifespan, with layer after layer of rock cut by the Colorado River and its tributaries. For thousands of years this area was home to Native Americans, who built their settlements inside many of the canyon's caves. Today, the views offered by these ancient rocks attract visitors from around the world, who usually explore the South Rim's lookouts and Native American ruins. Hike along the Rim Trail to enjoy spectacular views of the canyon and surrounding desert landscape. Head back towards Grand Canyon Village to visit the Desert View Watchtower or the Buckey O’Neill Cabin, the longest continually standing structure on the South Rim. Most visitors do not hike. Of the nearly 5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year, 90% see it from the park's free shuttle buses or from their car at overlooks along the South Rim. To visit Grand Canyon South Rim and get the most from your holiday in Grand Canyon National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .
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  • You will need more than 1 day to cover the whole south rim. While i was there for one day and one night, we only managed to cover a portion of it.  more »
  • Went to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas! It was long and took about 30 miles one way to get to the South Rim! It was well worth those hours in the car, wonderful! We came late, unfortunately, but managed with the sunset! If I remember correctly cost about 400 € per car and go into the Park! We were here in the middle of november! Nice and warm in Las Vegas but a few degrees in the Grand Canyon we came in shorts and t-shirt. Was lucky that they sold shirts otherwise we had frozen to death! There are shuttlebussar on the field running around the area and stops at different spots, but gpr as good to drive around with your own vehicle.
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  • It was in 1897 that tourism at the Grand Canyon started with a few guests-to compare with today's invasion of 5 million visitors per year. And this steep pit in the ground, 446 km long, up to 24 km wide, with a depth of 1 600 meters at most, deserves all the attention and was already 1979 included on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites. Known as the Colorado Plateau is a large area which was created for hundreds of millions of years ago by kal and sandstone. For 63 million years ago raised volcanic activity area with a couple of thousand metres (South side of the Grand Canyon is actually over 2 100 meters height and the North further 300 metres higher) and the Colorado River began to dig down through the soft rock layers. The southern edge is very well organized with large parking areas, visitor centre, a fine Geological museum, shuttles, trails and viewpoints. In Grand Canyon Village features restaurants and hotels. You usually come up straight up from the South on road AZ 64. We, however, came from the East entrance, where we passed a row after beautiful vantage points in the 40 km section in the Grand Canyon Village. Tip: If you really want to experience the Grand Canyon can take a helicopter or airplane ride from the airport in Tusayan. Expensive, but memorable. The really adventurous can also wander down to the Colorado River, but then you have to be in good shape.
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