Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

The Grand Canyon is a spectacular destination beyond compare. Located within Grand Canyon National Park in the state of Arizona in the United States, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, 18 miles (29 km) wide, and over 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) deep. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Wonder of the Natural World was carved by the Colorado River over an estimated 17 million years. Now, it tells two billion years of geological history through the layers exposed on its walls. Visitors to the Grand Canyon can enjoy the view from a popular viewpoint on the South Rim. Rafting the Colorado River, or descending the walls of the canyon by hiking or horseback-riding are also popular activities. Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon are also available for tourist willing to splurge. The closest international airports to the Grand Canyon are in Las Vegas, Nevada; and Phoenix, Arizona. From there, visitors can reach the park by car.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Credit: Wilbur E. Garrett of National Geographic

Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

On the Havasupai Indian Reservation within Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona you will find the gorgeous Havasu Falls. The picture perfect falls features a blue-green pool below which is excellent for swimming. Havasu Falls is fairly difficult to reach by foot, requiring a drive to Hualapai Hilltop and then a 16 km (10 mile) hike to the Falls via the tiny village of Supai which is 3 km (2 miles) from the falls. For those not up to the long hike, a helicopter ride to Supai can be had, followed up by a horseback ride to the falls. Visitors can camp near the falls, and the village of Supai has one lodge and one cafe. Otherwise the best options for accommodation can be found 177 km (110 miles) away in the town of Seligman. The area also features four other waterfalls: Navajo Falls, Supai Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls.

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

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Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

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Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States