The Colorado River not only helped form the Grand Canyon, it created one of the world’s top rafting trips. From raging whitewater to mellow floats the Grand Canyon has it all.
Hiking the Grand Canyon is a step above most other destinations. Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding areas offer a lifetime of hiking adventures for all types of hikers.
Grand Canyon Rafting and Hiking
One of the seven wonders of the natural world, Grand Canyon National Park was established in 1919, only 5 years after Arizona became a state. The Grand Canyon itself, however, began forming 10 million years ago, and exposes geologic formations close to 2 billion years old. This is a little shy of the world's oldest rocks, which are found in Canada and date back 4 billion years. The main tool in the formation of this grand canyon is the Colorado River, which is used to measure the Grand Canyon's length of 277 miles, great news fro Grand Canyon Rafting enthusiasts. Near Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim, the Canyon measures 1 mile deep, and 10 miles across offering a great challenge for visitors hiking the Grand Canyon. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim, and the widest section of the canyon is nearly 18 miles. The Grand Canyon starts at Lee's Ferry (below Lake Powell/Glen Canyon Dam), and ends at Grand Wash Cliffs near Lake Mead/Hoover Dam. Grand Canyon National Park makes up 1.2 million acres of the Grand Canyon, with the rest being on the Hualapai and Havasupai Reservations, or other federal lands.