The world’s second largest canyon, the Grand Canyon is a wonder everyone has heard about. This enormous canyon lies in the north of Arizona and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the United States, let alone Arizona.
The Grand Canyon is divided into different areas; the Grand Canyon National Park being the most dominant one. This United States National Park has further areas to explore. The South Rim is the most crowded place of the canyon and is easily accessible on automobile. The North Rim, on the other hand, is much less crowded and only the more hardy explorers hike their way to the top at the North rim.
On the southwestern sides lies the greater part of the Grand Canyon West which includes the Havasupai Indian Reservation and the Hualapai Indian Reservations.
North Rim: Sights and Things to Do
The North Rim is open only through mid-May to mid-October. It closes during the winters because of the harsh weather conditions at the altitude. The North Rim is higher in altitude than any other part of the Grand Canyon and has a naturally cooler climate. The wildlife there is also unique – coniferous trees are the main plantation in the North Rim.
The North Rim sees much fewer numbers of visitors than its counterpart and the more popular destinations here include the Bright Angel Point, the Point Imperial and the Cape Royale that offer majestic views of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.
Hiking is the main activity in the North Rim. The Bright Angel Trail is the most popular hiking trail of the canyon. Jeep safaris and tours are also a tourist favorite but they are seldom seen in the North Rim.
South Rim: Sights and Things to Do
The South Rim is open throughout the year and is the busiest place of the Grand Canyon. Wildlife is common here and the most common animal here is the Mule Deer. The California Condor is a rare sighting but is a famous animal of the National Park. Snakes and squirrels are also common.
The Grand Canyon Village, the Desert View and the Hermits Rest are all popular tourist attractions of the South Rim.
Jeep Safaris, whitewater rafting and flightseeing are all highlights of the South Rim and are must-do activities for first time visitors.
Between the two rims lies the Inner Canyon where tourists can come in close proximities to the Colorado River.
If you’re visiting Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a place you need to see before leaving because you won’t see a canyon like this anywhere else in the world.