Grand Canyon Facts. Revisiting the Grand Canyon will be so much fun, because this time, we won't just be looking over the edge!
I visited when I was about 3 or 4. Pretty young to have many vivid memories. So I dug in and learned not only pertinent facts, but also how we want to put together our first class dirt cheap vacation to this natural wonder of the world.
Geologists place the age of the Earth at around 4.5 billion years. Grand Canyon Facts reveal that the oldest rock in the Inner Gorge is nearly 2 billion years old! The limestone that caps the rim of the Grand Canyon is a young 270 million years. The oldest human artifacts date back 12,000 years
Can you imagine the persistence of the Colorado River to cut a canyon that is 4,000 feet deep for 277 miles, and digs down to 6,000 feet at its deepest and 15 miles at its widest? That's some river! It's hard to imagine how the Grand Canyon was formed by flowing water.
Grand Canyon Facts also tell us that while the park, which encompasses 1,218,375 acres, was protected as a Forest Reserve as early as 1893, it was not made a National Park until 1919. Grand Canyon history has so much to tell us about the cultures of ancient peoples.
How much we're different, and how much we're the same. There are "split twig" artifacts, for instance, that are assumed to be totems because of how they were placed in crevices or set up as a part of monuments.
It is amazing how one twig was split, with one half of the twig being wound around and shaped into animal forms, usually deer. Wouldn't it have been easier to use two twigs? Fascinating!
More Grand Canyon facts. Did you know over 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year? Most of them look over the South Rim into the magnificence because it is easiest to access.
The North Rim, while harder to access especially when the Grand Canyon winter weather is cold and brings snow making the roads impassible, is a full 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim so the effect of looking down into the depths of the unrivaled canyon is even more amazing!
At least 600 people have fallen to their deaths since the Grand Canyon was made a National Park in 1919. That's kind of a gory Grand Canyon fact - sorry. Thank God it's not more! People usually fell getting too close while trying to take photographs. So be careful!
The Grand Canyon Sky Walk opened in March 2007.
According to Grand Canyon Facts, it is an amazing feat of architecture, allowing you the feeling of floating over the depths as you look down through the glass-bottomed loop. Some call the Grand Canyon sky walk a "bridge," which is really a misnomer because it doesn't get you to the other side!
While I believe those in awe of amazing architectural creations will get a thrill out of it, it doesn't really appeal to me as an "experience," and I've heard of people who were disappointed by the price, even calling it a "rip-off. I think that's a little bit of sour grapes -- some people, I'm sure, are excited about it.
Here's some Grand Canyon Facts on the sky walk: it can withstand the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 747s (more than 71 million pounds) and is able to sustain winds in excess of 100 miles per hour from 8 different directions, as well as an 8.0 magnitude earthquake within 50 miles.
See what I mean about architectural feat? At least it's safe! Now that would be a great place to have Grand Canyon weddings! Very romantic if you could get it all to yourself.
Grand Canyon helicopter rides are also available. While I love helicopters, it's still not "in" the canyon enough for me. I'm also concerned about not adding to the noise I've heard is becoming a problem.
No, this time, I intend to go all the way to the bottom! We'll start out doing some Grand Canyon hikes around the South rim. Then we'll switch to horseback riding through the Grand Canyon to get to where the Grand Canyon raft tours begin. I can't think of a better experience than Grand Canyon river rafting! Can you imagine? I want to look all the way down from the top, and then look all the way up from the bottom!
For other activities/tours in and around Las Vegas please visit our activities page.
First Class Dirt Cheap Vacation to the Grand Canyon
We'll stay at the Fairfield Flagstaff in Flagstaff, AZ about 88 miles away. I lived in Flagstaff for a little while as a child. Even though the memories are hazy, it's a place I just love. I know, when you think of Arizona, you think desert. Not Flagstaff! it's gorgeous pine trees and fields of wild sunflowers a little girl can get lost in!
The Fairfield Flagstaff is a gorgeous mountain lodge. It is a Gold Crown resort in RCI's book! You walk in to vaulted pine ceilings and a stone fireplace to warm your hearts by.
On-site amenities include golf, tennis, outdoor pool, restaurant, snack bar, whirlpool/hot tub, grocery and playground. Nearby, you can enjoy horseback riding by a lake.
Okay, the Grand Canyon Facts sound great, but how much?
Timeshare Exchange: $189/week
Can you believe it? That's $27 per night!
Now I have more money to go horseback riding and rafting down the Grand Canyon! Told you you'd like these Grand Canyon Facts even better!
My vacation transportation expenses are minimized by my Grocery Miles. I'll splurge on a few top notch restaurants in Flagstaff, and I'm always on the hunt for charming bakeries, because I love to bake, but I'm not going to pass up the opportunity to BBQ on the deck of my condo a couple nights.
You don't pass up the chance to cuddle in front of a fireplace like that no matter what season it is!
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