Founded in 1908, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is one of the most breathtaking natural areas in America. Even people who may otherwise feel the love of nature in the fall, in these 480 000 hectares of parkland to amaze. On the southern edge of the site, the rock walls plunge 1600 meters in depth.
Over millions of years the Colorado River has carved the huge plateau steadily. Per 1000 years 15 inches of rock material. Tectonic plate shifts have also helped to miss this part of the earth such a dramatic look. Five million visitors annually manage Grand Canyon. Especially because of the onslaught in the summer the park is well-organized. That is, one has banned the private car traffic on certain routes altogether.
Instead, free shuttle buses to the West Rim route and on the Village Loop route. The other means of locomotion consist of mule trips, helicopter sightseeing flights (from 249 dollars), rafting and hiking. What visitors should not miss: Mather Point, Moran Point and Lipan Point because of the fabulous views, Tusayan Museum because of the Indian ruins, Hopi Cultural Center because of the Indian arts and crafts, a raft trip or a helicopter flight, both are not cheap, but one that does not do that every day.
Flights from $ 100 (30 minutes). Entry: ten dollars per person, $ 20 per car opening times: all year round the clock to the northern side of the Park (North Rim), which closes in early October to late May. Visitors Center 8-17 clock, every day. Best time: May to October, desert climate. That is, the temperature differences between day and night are great.
Therefore: bring your warm sweaters! Accommodation: In the Grand Canyon Village on the southern edge of the National Parks we have accommodated all lodges and hotels. The room rates start at about $ 100 per room. In the Trailer Village, also at the southern edge, campers can be parked (from $ 24 plus tax). Not far away is also Mather Campground for tent-campers. Address (for reservation): Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, Phone 001/303/2 97 27 57 97 31 7 Fax 001/303/2 Or write to AmFac Parks & Resorts, 14001 E. Iliff, Aurora, Colorado 80014th