Discover the Grand Canyon

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The mighty Colorado River is like a true natural artist who patiently, century after century created an artistic masterpiece called the Grand Canyon. You simply can not get bored with this artwork colored with red pastel tones and from the many viewpoints you can enjoy the fantastic views of this deep gorge. It is deservedly considered one of the 7 world wonders.

The Grand Canyon is an enormous national park in the northwest of the state of Arizona. The National Park has a length comparable to the distance from Amsterdam to Paris and at the widest point the gap is almost 29 kilometres (18 miles). The source of the Colorado river is at an altitude of 3,000 meters. Due to the power of this rapidly flowing river, a long, deep and large gorge developed very gradually and was called the Grand Canyon. 

Besides more than 1500 plant species and 40 species of reptiles, it is the territory of more than 300 bird species such as the hawk and the condor. Also more than 70 mammals such as the common mule deer, the gaff, the coyote, lynx and the extremely rare puma live here.

You have the opportunity to descend into the Canyon, but this requires good preparation due to the depth and heat. In addition, it is also possible to walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass platform that hangs 1200 meters above the ground. The Grand Canyon in Arizona is at its most elegant at sunrise and sunset. Then a beautiful play of colours unfolds before your eyes.

Grand Canyon view

From the south side of the gorge the view is the most beautiful. As a result, the South Rim attracts the biggest number of visitors. This side also forms a good starting point for a trip through the park through the nearby Grand Canyon Village. Several lodges, restaurants and the visitor center are located in this village. The north side is higher, less colorful and denser than the south side. Moreover, this side of the Grand Canyon can only be visited from mid-May to mid-October. However we do recommend to visit the North Rim. It is much quieter to enjoy the layered landscape with its red-orange rocks. According to some real America fans, this is the best area that the Canyon has to offer. 

Where to stay

If you are looking for a great place to stay near the Canyon we recommend to spend a few night at the Shash Diné Eco-Retreat.

 Spending a night in a Navajo Hogan at the Shash Diné Eco-Retreat is an unforgettable cultural experience. What a view! Everywhere you look it is absolutely beautiful.

The best thing about this location was that it is back to basic. No running water, no internet and no electricity. Showering is only possible with a bucket of water! So completely away from everything and all this gives you a real nomad feeling.

There are only 2 tents and 2 wagons, making it an intimate setting. Be prepared for an unforgettable starry sky at night. 

Best time to visit

We advise to go in autumn. This period is the perfect balance between good weather and less mass tourism. Note that the temperature here in September can already go be below freezing so dress warmly. Click here for the average weather in the Grand Canyon.

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This article was last updated on December 17, 2022.