While remaining the most distinguishable symbol of Arizona for centuries, the Grand Canyon offers genuinely breathtaking, magnificent perspectives. It is impossible to believe that this nature wonder with its steep, rocky walls stretches for 277 miles from one side to another. The Grand Canyon is more than a mile high, with the feral Colorado River flowing at its bottom. Now it is a part of the Grand Canyon National Park. Yet, many people who have in plans to go there, wonder what is the best way to spend time there. This article aims to disclose this question.

Grand Canyon Rafting

Firstly, you can raft the Grand Canyon and triumph over the Colorado River. Whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon is a breathtaking and somewhat crazy adventure. Yet, you will go in your rafting excursions with professional, qualified outfitters. The excursions offer spectacular scenery, whitewater rapids that increase your adrenaline up to enormous levels, and majestic side hikes. It will be a memorable adventure with lots of emotions for sure. What else do you need?

Grand Canyon Heli

Another idea is to take a bird’s-eye perspective and get a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon. During it you will have an opportunity to enjoy incredible views while seeing the rim of the Grand Canyon, then softly go lower and enjoy a close look at those formations of rocks, the origins of which appeared millions years ago.

Hiking in Grand Canyon

However, you can often hear from many people that you can truly experience the real Grand Canyon by plucking up courage and going for hiking and camping there. Attempt to move those challenging paths and sleep under a clear sky at the grand place. You will enjoy the astonishing colors of nature, excellent picturesque views, and breathtaking formations of rocks and land in the rock-ribbed depths of the Grand Canyon. Once you have descended via Ponderosa Pinewoods onto the uninhabited floor of the Grand Canyon, you will experience a real time machine that will allow you to get a glimpse from the region’s past.

Yet, biking is a great idea for people who want to take the risk and experience a real connection with nature. You can carefully and softly traverse the Canyon’s trails, which pass through as hilly terrain, as well as challenging descents and inclines, inviting you to take a risk and have a hard ride. Indeed, the Grand Canyon has become a venue for many mountain bikers, yet you should be especially careful at these places.

MEN WORKING ON AN EMERGENCY PHONE ON THE S KAIBAB TRAIL, TONTO PLATEAU. DETAIL OF INSTRUCTIONAL SIGN. CIRCA 1937. NPS PHOTO GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK MUSUEM COLLECTION, P.O. BOX 129, GRAND CANYON, AZ 86023
Nevertheless, if both hiking and biking are not that much your format and you need something more unique, why not to try out a mule trip? There are overnight and full-day mule rides on offer, yet you must book it in advance (usually all the tickets for mule rides are quickly sold out). “In advance” means that you must make your reservation at least six-seven months before going there. The trip for the whole day lasts about 7 hours and allows you to take a lot of spectacular photos throughout the way. If you have chosen the overnight mule trips, you will enjoy the night at the famous Phantom Ranch at the very bottom of the Grand Canyon. Of course, such mule rides will leave you with never-to-be-forgotten experience and emotions.

If you go to the Grand Canyon in winter, it is a good chance to try out your skills in snowboarding or cross-country skiing. The Grand Canyon guarantees that you will do your physical exercises and enjoy the breathtaking scenery in absolute solitude. There are many rental companies located in the neighborhoods which rent skis or snowboards, so it would not be a problem even in case if you forgot (or did not want to) bring your own gear.

Nearing sunset at Cedar Ridge on the South Kaibab Trail - Grand Canyon National Park. A popular destination for a day hike, Cedar Ridge has restrooms - but no water. This level spot is 1,140 feet ( 347 m ) below the rim. It is a three mile round trip from the top and takes between 2 and 4 hours hiking time. O'neill Butte is to the right of center. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn. For information about how to plan a visit to Grand Canyon National Park visit: http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
Nearing sunset at Cedar Ridge on the South Kaibab Trail – Grand Canyon National Park. A popular destination for a day hike, Cedar Ridge has restrooms – but no water. This level spot is 1,140 feet ( 347 m ) below the rim. It is a three mile round trip from the top, and it takes between 2 and 4 hours hiking time. O’neill Butte is to the right of the center. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn. For information about how to plan a visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon Hiking
After all, if all of the above-listed options are too much for you or you want something more relaxing and tranquilizing, you can take a bus tour with a professional guide on board. You will be able just to sit back, get your relaxation, enjoy the breathtaking scenery, and the qualified guide will share all the history and turning points of the Grand Canyon with you. The bus driver will make enough stops with a number of spectacular views, so you should make sure that you have enough battery and memory in your photo device. You may also enjoy the exciting vistas of the Grand Canyon in your own car, but it will be not as exciting (as mule rides, hiking, or biking) or relaxing (as the bus tour).

Grand Canyon Signs
However, the Grand Canyon always remains a part of a mystery in itself, and it will always allure you back once you have visited it.

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I like to scale the highest peaks of the world and therefore I have started this blog to show you around and give valuable pieces of advice. I am an Ex-Rope Leader and Troup Officer with a number of prestigious mountaineering institutes including the HAI, Garhwal.

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  1. I hate ALL KOAs.Too noisy and disorganized. Dogs eveeywhrre, barking all night, kids running and roasting marshmellows after midnight, and if you are resting to hike the next day, you just cant because they don’t let you sleep.

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