I’ve always said it’s a pity that most of us don’t get the chance to visit this entire world and enjoy all its breathtaking sceneries.
However, this doesn’t mean we should stop trying and hoping that one day will get to accomplish all the things and ideas in our heads. Let’s make baby steps and see where they can take us, right?
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Grand Canyon – it’s not only one of the most visited destinations in America, with more than four million people visiting each year, but also a place full of history and beauty.
That’s why I have decided to talk to you today about some interesting facts about this amazing landmark.
1. Members of one Native American tribe still live inside the canyon – The Havasupai Indians (which means “people of the blue-green waters”) live in a village located near Havasu Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River that often sees flash floods.
According to grandcanyontourist.com, Supai Village is only accessible via helicopter or horse and mule trails that climb in and out of the canyon. Visitors are welcome, but they’ll have to pay an entry fee of $35 per person.
2. The Grand Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world – The Tsangpo Canyon in Tibet is actually deeper and longer than the Grand Canyon.
3. You can’t buy bottled water in the park – According to quirkytravelguy.com, as of March 10, 2012, the Canyon is officially eliminating the sale of water in disposable containers. This decision came after a study determined that 20 percent of the park’s waste came from plastic water bottles.
Don’t worry if you get thirsty, because the park has free water stations throughout, so bring your own water container and fill it up as much and as often as you like.
4. There aren’t any dinosaur fossils at the Grand Canyon – The explanation is that the rocks here are far older than the dinosaurs. Therefore, the fossils you find are simple prehistoric creatures such as corals, sponges, and trilobites.
5. The weather can vary dramatically between the North Rim and the South Rim – The North Rim is considerably higher in elevation, and as a result is quite a bit cooler and more unpredictable, with the possibility of snow almost year round.
According to grandcanyontourist.com, as a result, the North Rim is only open to visitors in the late spring, summer, and early fall.
6. You can get from one side of the canyon to the other in 5 hours – Until now, nobody has built a bridge across the canyon, even though North Rim and South Rim are only about 10 miles apart straight across.
Therefore, according to quirkytravelguy.com, if you want to get from one side to another, you’ll have to drive all the way around the canyon – 215 mile.
7. The Spanish “discovered” the Grand Canyon in 1540 while searching for native riches – Francisco Vázquez de Coronado was looking for the mythological Seven Cities of Gold when his expedition encountered the Grand Canyon. They explored the canyon only briefly due to lack of water.
8. Many people die here – According to quirkytravelguy.com, in 2009, 12 people died there – one from a heart attack, one from suicide, and 10 from accidents.
And that’s not all – Approximately 53 people fell to their deaths from the canyon rims from 1925 to 2005, with another 48 deaths inside the canyon. On rare occasions, people have even driven their vehicles straight into the canyon off the South Rim, Thelma and Louise style.
9. The Grand Canyon was a holy site for the native peoples in the area – Long before it became a popular tourist destination, people have been making trips here, according to grandcanyontourist.com. The canyon had important spiritual meaning for the Pueblo Indians, and therefore the focus of many pilgrimages.
10. You can hike from one side to the other – quirkytravelguy.com says that it’s a 21-mile hike, which means that you’ll have to camp within the canyon overnight to complete it. And temperatures inside the canyon can be up to 30 degrees hotter than at the rim. Definitely not a trip for beginners!
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