Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

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One of the grandest natural wonders in the world, Grand Canyon South Rim stretches 446 km (277 mi), reaching a width of 29 km (18 mi) and a depth of nearly 2 km (1.1 mi). Nearly 2 billion years old, the canyon walls expose nearly half of earth's lifespan, with layer after layer of rock cut by the Colorado River and its tributaries. For thousands of years this area was home to Native Americans, who built their settlements inside many of the canyon's caves. Today, the views offered by these ancient rocks attract visitors from around the world, who usually explore the South Rim's lookouts and Native American ruins. Hike along the Rim Trail to enjoy spectacular views of the canyon and surrounding desert landscape. Head back towards Grand Canyon Village to visit the Desert View Watchtower or the Buckey O’Neill Cabin, the longest continually standing structure on the South Rim. Most visitors do not hike. Of the nearly 5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year, 90% see it from the park's free shuttle buses or from their car at overlooks along the South Rim. To visit Grand Canyon South Rim and get the most from your holiday in Grand Canyon National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool.
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  • Tony is a knowledgeable guy. Good to hear history in person instead of a recording. Nice and comfortable seating. 
    Tony is a knowledgeable guy. Good to hear history in person instead of a recording. Nice and comfortable seating.  more »
  • The South Rim is the busiest part of the park. There is a lot to see and do here. I recommend a walk along the Rom Trail. The trail is level and offers great views. Tke the time to savor the many....  more
    The South Rim is the busiest part of the park. There is a lot to see and do here. I recommend a walk along the Rom Trail. The trail is level and offers great views. Tke the time to savor the many....  more »
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  • Alright where do I even begin. The south rim is the only part of the Grand Canyon I visited so far and it was not a disappointment. Nature in general is a beautiful thing, untouched by humans which makes it even more amazing. I would love to see all seven natural wonders of the world, so far this is the only one if seen and I recommend you go experience for yourself. Now that I got that out the way lets talk about my advice when you visit, if you go with a tour guide I recommend sticking with them for majority of the time as you will learn a lot while taking in the views. Visiting on your own will be a one of a kind adventure, please be careful and mindful of your limit and don't push beyond it, time of year to visit: spring or fall. I went in May and well the elevation does make it colder and so you can expect sweater weather, I wouldn't recommend the summer because of how hot it gets and dangerous for hiking and finally if you have no choice but to visit in the winter please be careful because the paths are narrow and if slippery well that could be a real tragic scenario. Take it all in before you start snapping away with your camera, it is such a magical site so enjoy it.
  • My family went on a mini road trip to see the Grand Canyon. We drove out from SoCal the night before, so we can make it by sunrise. It was beautiful. I got so many photos from that morning and additional ones the next afternoon before leaving. Some areas have trails down into the Canyon, and others are just look out points. No matter what side you are on, it is absolutely stunning. We had an absolutely amazing time. Highly recommend for anyone who has not visited.

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