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When In Las Vegas Take A Tour Of The Grand Canyon

Take In One Of America’s Natural Wonders On Your Next Las Vegas Vacation By Taking A Tour Of The Grand Canyon

 

The Grand Canyon is a precarious sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the U.S. State of Arizona.
The Canyon and nearby edge are contained within Grand Canyon National Park, the Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, the Hualapai Indian Reservation, the Havasupai Indian Reservation and the Navajo Nation.
 
 
 

President Theodore Roosevelt was a noteworthy advocate of protection of the Grand Canyon territory, and visited it on various occasions to appreciate the landscape.

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and achieves a profundity of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters). Nearly two billion years of Earth’s land history have been uncovered as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of shake while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

While a few angles about the historical backdrop of entry point of the gorge are wrangled by geologists, several late examinations bolster the theory that the Colorado River set up its course through the region around 5 to 6 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River has driven the down-cutting of the tributaries and withdraw of the bluffs, all the while developing and extending the canyon.

For a large number of years, the region has been consistently inhabited by Native Americans, who constructed settlements inside the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a blessed site, and made journeys to it.

The first European known to have seen the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain, who landed in 1540.

Grand Canyon Skywalk, AZ, USA (9533971923)

Quick Facts From U.S. National Park Service:

INSPIRATION The immense and colorful Grand Canyon is valued worldwide as one of the Earth’s most powerful and inspiring scenic landscapes, offering people enriching opportunities to explore and experience its wild beauty in both vast and intimate spaces.

WATER is the lifeblood of Grand Canyon — a force of erosion, a sustainer of scarce riparian habitat in a desert environment, a spiritual element for native peoples, a provider of recreation, and a central factor in the exploration, development, and politics of the American West.

GEOLOGY The Colorado River and other erosional forces sculpted the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau to form the Grand Canyon, revealing a beautiful sequence of rock layers that serve as windows into time.

BIOLOGY Extreme changes in elevation, exposure, and climate in the Grand Canyon support a remarkable range of biotic communities in unusual proximity; a relatively undisturbed ecosystem that allows natural processes to continue, providing sanctuary for present and future life.

PRESERVATION Grand Canyon has sustained people materially and spiritually for thousands of years – wider recognition of its value led to its designation as a national park and world heritage site; however, continuing threats to its preservation generate dialogue about our need and responsibility to conserve our local and global environment.

NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECTIONS Grand Canyon remains a homeland and a sacred place to a number of American Indian cultures, a point of emergence for some, offering us an opportunity to consider the powerful and spiritual ties between people and place.

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There are many ways to explore the ‘Grand Canyon’ when visiting Las Vegas.
Take a Tour by Motorcoach, Hummer H2 or Helicopter. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

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