The Grand Canyon is beautifully breath-taking, and pictures could not do it justice. It is a metamorphized National Park made of sedimentary rocks. The rocks found in the Grand Canyon are sandstone, shale, and limestone. The Colorado river splits the canyon down the middle as it carved out the rock from over five million years ago. “Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is a mile-deep canyon (1.6 km) that bisects the park. Even though the average distance across the canyon is only 10 miles/ 16 km, it takes 5 hours to drive the 215 miles / 346 km between the park’s South Rim Village and the North Rim Village.” as stated on nps.gov.
The rocks appeal to be bright and copper-colored during the Summer day. A green-covered and duller stone during a Spring day. Or white and covered in freezing snow on a Winter day. “Weather in the Grand Canyon. The South Rim is 7,000 feet above sea level, which means snow in winter and cool nights even in summer. However, when hiking at Grand Canyon, you’ll experience warmer temperatures in the summer along the Colorado River as temperatures can reach 120 ºF / 47 ºC.” as stated on nps.gov in reference to the Grand Canyon.
Many people from all over the country gather their belongings and head to the Grand Canyon for a different experience with nature. The park draws over six million visitors a year to Grand Canyon for its beauty in geography.
There are several activates for visitors whether it is their first or ninth time visiting. There are always different activities to do or different areas to see.
Visitors can rent out lodges to stay at the Grand Canyon National Park year-round. There are hotels and cabins for individuals and families. Camping grounds are present for the families who like to spend their time outdoors huddling around bond-fires. A visitor can register for a bird’s-eye view of the canyon with a helicopter tour. If the visitor rather be on a ground level, there are also boat tours offered during the spring and summer seasons. They can catch a train ride to the Canyon, and view it from a broad level. The airport has shuttles that will take travelers to and from the Canyon and Greyhound buses as well.
When the seasons change in response so does the Canyon. The view and animals at the Grand Canyon all transform depending on what time of year, and what rim the visitor goes to. Temperatures drop to twenty degrees Fahrenheit to a high of forty-three degrees Fahrenheit during the Winter season.
During the Summer, the visitor can catch one of the most breath-taking sunrises of all time. However, during the day it is extremely hot and the visitor would be urged to drink plenty of water. The temperatures rise to one hundred and twenty degrees Fahrenheit, and could possibly drop down to forty-three degrees at night. So, bring an aluminum bottle to refill with water and a jacket. “I definitely would not go in winter, I can hardly stand winters in Kingsville. I would love to of the season of Summer, and view the sunset. Also, I would love to see the rays reflect sunlight off the red Canyon sides” said Logan Nelson, a graduate and Kinesiology Major at Texas A&M Kingsville.
During the spring, the air is fresh and the winds are high. The temperatures variate between 6sixt five degrees Fahrenheit to eighty-five degrees. The temperature could possibly drop to a forty-three or lower.
“I know it is beautiful, I would go there to learn about it, I would love to see it in person because I want to be informed on how it was made. I don’t think that is something the tour guide or brochure could do. I would like to visit at different seasons to view how it changes. I’m sure it is surreal to visualize” said James Passley, a Graduate student in Civil Engineering at TAMUK.
“The views are simply amazing” Nicole Gonzalez exclaimed, a junior and Kinesiology major at TAMUK. “There’s a lot of history behind it such as the erosion from the Colorado River. It has significance through its geological history. It’s been said that it drains water from seven different states, and it exist from millions of years ago.”
The National Park and its significance has not gone unrecognized by the state of Arizona. In 1949, A division one, private Christian university was founded and named after the Grand Canyon. The university is located in Phoenix and has a Lope as a mascot. Grand Canyon State University offers eight degrees in liberal arts, Teaching Programs, Executive MBA, Science Degree, Doctorate, and Nursing Programs.
The Grand Canyon has always been highlighted as one of the most geographically significant National Parks in history. Every person should take advantage of the opportunity to observe why. Plan on your visit to the Grand Canyon.
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