Experience Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

For many people visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World is a once in a lifetime experience! The Grand Canyon National Park is one of those Seven Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon National park is located in Northern Arizona and visited more than any other national park, hosting 4 million visitors a year. The Grand Canyon National Park can been seen via car or driving tour, hiking, backpacking, horse back riding, mule, or rafting down the Colorado River. While deciding how you are going to get around and see the Grand Canyon you need to also think about what part or parts of the Grand Canyon you are going to visit.

The Grand Canyon has five different areas to visit all varying in difficulty. There is the North Rim, the South Rim, the Inner Canyon, Rafting the Colorado River and the Tuweep. Below are the two most popular areas of the grand Canyon, the North Rim and the South Rim.

One of the more difficult places to hike is North Rim. The North Rim is located 8000 feet above sea level and is cooler then the South Rim with frequent thunderstorms in June, July and August. When visiting the North Rim there are three developed, scenic destination view-points. They are Point Imperial, Cape Royal and Point Sublime. Although the views from most places on the Rim are spectacular these three view points will give you the best views on the North Rim. The North Rim is open from mid-May to mid-October each year.

The most popular area of the Grand Canyon is the South Rim. One of the reasons for its popularity is the fact that it can be viewed via car. If viewing the Grand Canyon by car the roads to follow are either Desert View Drive or Hermit Road. Hermit Road runs for 8 miles from the Grand Canyon Village to Hermit's Rest. If you would prefer to hike the South Rim the best views are on the Rim Trail. The Rim Trail goes from the Pipe Creek Vista to Hermits Rest as well. To view the Colorado River and the Phantom Ranch visit the Yavapai Observation Station at the Yavapai Point.

The Grand Canyon National Park is part of the National Park Service, U.S. department of the interior. Visit the Grand Canyon and explore a Western Tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It's a world-renowned treasure that you should see once-in-a-lifetime. The park is open 365 days a year 24 hours a day. The park’s facilities are also open 365 days a year, but vary greatly depending on the part of the part you are in. Part of the North Rim is accessible via wheelchair and wheelchairs are available for daily use by the park. The South Rim is not accessible via wheelchair.