Whether it’s your first time or your tenth visit, nothing quite takes your breath away like the incredible sight of the Grand Canyon. A colossal feat of nature in the state of Arizona, 277 miles from end to end, one mile deep and an average of 10 miles wide (18 at its widest): it is impossible not to look out over one of the many jaw dropping vistas, take in the stunning golds, pinks and oranges reflecting from the jagged cliffs and feel quite humbled and at peace.
The valley is divided into three distinct areas, each with their own charm: the South Rim, North Rim and West Rim. The South Rim is home to the national park’s headquarters and, with plenty of lodgings, hotels, restaurants and even a mini supermarket, is the most popular year-round destination. The North Rim is more remote and at a higher elevation, meaning it is only accessible from mid-May to October and makes for the most peaceful way of enjoying the canyon. The West Rim is accessible through the Hualapai Indian Reservation and is home to the famous glass Skywalk, a 10-foot-wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge extending 70 feet out over the rim, 4,000 feet above the floor of the Canyon. The West Rim is also commonly used as a hub for visitors from Las Vegas on a day trip or a helicopter flight.
With a strong diversity of landscape and elevation, many different wild animals live in the area, such as mountain lions, coyotes, raccoons and elk. The canyon is also a delight for birdwatchers where, amongst many other species, bald and golden eagles, peregrine falcons and Californian condors can be seen swooping overhead.