What defines the Grand Canyon is the power of erosion. For millions of years, the Colorado River has been snaking down the Grand Canyon carving away at the red rock layers creating the awe-inspiring spectacle that we see today.
If you start at the rim and make your way down to the river bottom, it’s like going back in time. Each layer of sand and rock represents a different time in the Earth’s history. The deeper you go, the older the Grand Canyon gets.
Evidence has been found showing native peoples inhabiting the canyon up to 4,000 years ago. The first European explores reached the canyon in 1540. In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell led the first successful expedition through the canyon running the river in a wooden boat. It wouldn’t be for another 50 years that the Grand Canyon would become a national park.
Did you know:
- The Grand Canyon is one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”
- The Grand Canyon became a national park in 1919
- 5 million people visit the park annually
- The 1.2 million acres of the park are all located in the state of Arizona
- Average width of the canyon: 10 miles
- Average depth of the canyon: 4000 ft (maximum is over one mile deep!)
- The Colorado River flows past 277 miles in the Grand Canyon
- You can experience the Grand Canyon several ways, including multiday river trips, or take airplane/helicopter tours for a bird’s eye view of the canyon. …or for those withnerves of steel and no fear of heights…
- The Grand Canyon averages just over 5’ of snow at the rim each year
National Park Week April 21st – April 29th
Free admission to national parks is available through the 29th for National Park Week. You can also enter to win a commemorative Camp Chef National Park Set!
To celebrate National Park Week and the coming camping season, we’re having a contest that ends April 29th. Three lucky winners will each receive a great cast iron set that pays homage to our country’s great National Park heritage.
The commemorative Camp Chef National Park Set includes a 12” Dutch Oven(Yellowstone), 12” Skillet (Arches) and lid, 14” Dutch Oven Lid Lifter, 5” Personal Dutch Oven (National Park Service), Camp Chef’s Cast Iron Conditioner, Pan Scrapers (National Park Service), and Hot Pad.
Join the contest to win! Thru April 29th visit our facebook page where you will find links to enter the sweepstakes. We will contact the winners via email, so once you clicked to enter fill out your name, email address, and tell us what your favorite national park is. That’s all you’ve gotta do, it’s that simple! On April 30th, three winners will be selected at random and contacted by email.
Visit http://www.nps.gov/npweek/ for more details about National Parks Week.
* Photos courtesy of wikipedia