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9 Things to do in and near the Grand Canyon

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1. 1. Grand Canyon Village Historic District

The Grand Canyon National Park is visited by over 5 million travelers every year. It has been an official national monument since 1908. It took almost 6 million years to create this big ol’ hole in the ground too. The truth is this ever-changing landscape is still moving and morphing due to the steady direction to the mighty Colorado River.

Your roving writer (and anyone else who has hiked the canyon rim to rim) can tell you the area offers more than an athletic challenge. Here you’ll find five different tribes of Indians, 30 amphibians and reptiles, 70 species of mammals, and 250 species of birds. Indeed there are many things to see and do in and near the Grand Canyon. Here are nine of them.

1. Grand Canyon Village Historic District

Travel back through the mists of time to the early 1900s. Visit the Grand Canyon Village Historic District and learn about the town when it was still only starting to take shape. Today this is the heart of tourism at the Grand Canyon.

If you’re interested in the dominant influences of the Native Americans, visit the Kolb Studio and the Hopi House. Travel east of Grand Canyon Village and you will discover the popular visitor center. Here you can check out a huge 3-D map on the canyon’s experiences known as The Canyon World.

Here you can pick up a lot of fun facts. For example, did you know that the Grand Canyon itself is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island? (Cool, huh?)

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Hi!
    A cog train is a train that is part of the Cog Railway. Yes, if that is the group of people I mentioned then yes that is the group. I don’t know if I saw that movie or not but I do know about it. Sorry that Denver makes you emotional.
    Thanks for your support!

  2. My God, unbelievably beautiful colours….oh, I imagine what it is like to see it with one’s own eyes….just to stand and stare and admire the miracle of it…

  3. Hello!
    Thanks for your comment. I was lucky enough to hike the entire canyon rim to rim with my father and a few other scouts back in 1975. There was even one spot where we had to cross a chasm walking on what was nothing more than a large tree, in fact. One adult was air-lifted out because of injuries to his feet. It was a tiring and incredible experience. If you ever try it, pay extra to stay and be fed by the folks at the bottom. You will not want to have to set up camp or cook your own food; trust me.
    Thanks for reading my stuff!

  4. I made this hike 7 different times with different friends who wanted me to “guide” them after I made my first trip. I enjoyed every visit and twice made the hike to the Colorado River down thru the remainder of a Havasu Canyon. I’m so glad I was physically able to make this strenuous backpack trip so many times and show off such a beautiful corner of Arizona to friends

  5. Yes! I hiked it rim to rim with a small group of Scouts and my father. There was a second leader, but he had to be air-lifted out because of his feet.
    We will probably remember that hike for the rest of our life…especially at one point where we had to cross over what seemed like little more than a bridge made from a very large tree. (Mind you, this was back in the 1970s.) It was a little challenging but it sure was a memorable, incredible experience!
    Thanks for your comment and for reading!

  6. The Grand Canyon National Park is visited by over 5 million travelers every year. It has been an official national monument since 1908. It took almost 6 million years to create this big ol’ hole in the ground too. The truth is this ever-changing landscape is still moving and morphing due to the steady direction to the mighty Colorado River.

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  9. My wife and I made the trek on mules. I don’t think we could have made it on foot. My brother hiked down in the 50’s, wearing street shoes, back before hiking shoes, boots, were even thought of. He had several blisters, needless to say. A great adventure by any way you do it. Our guide was an 80 year old man, a long time resident of the area. He was a great fan of FDR because he “wired” up the area through the REA, in the 1930’s. Rural Electric Administration. Can you imagine no lighting in the area. The night sky would have been magnificent. Stars are barely visible in my area, metro Richmond,VA because of the ambient light. I remember my rural life in WV as a youth. I haven’t seen the Big Dipper or the Milky Way since then. Will I ever see them again?

  10. PS. We spent the night, after a wonderful meal, at the Phantom Ranch, unbelievable! The trek out the next day was awesome. In some places the mules were scrambling over very steep rock faces. The return trip took several hours, after all the vertical climb is almost 5000 feet!

  11. My postbefore the PS didn’t register. I posted about the trip down on the mules. Our guide was an 80+ year old man who had lived in the area his whole life. A big fan of FDR because he “wired” the area in the 1930’s through the Rural Electrification Act-REA-can you imagine the night sky then. I grew up in rural WV and remember the glories of the night sky. I haven’t seen the Milky Way or the Big and Little Dippers since. There very few places in the country where they can be seen. Oh well, all in the name of progress.

  12. Hi!
    Yes, as you no doubt have seen me mention, I hiked the trail rim to rim with my dad and a few scouts. Another leader tried but was not in shape and had to be helicoptered out of there. This guy hurt his feet too although I don’t recall what he was wearing.
    At one point well into the hike down my dad asked me to carry the pack. Even though we traveled light he was no sure he could have made it without my doing that. I think he could have but for some reason, he was not sure.
    We both did fine on the way out the next day. To be honest, I don’t remember the night sky. We were all very tired, to be honest. It sure is a place to make memories, isn’t it?
    Thanks for your comment!

  13. Hello again!
    Yes, a couple of scouts cooked their own meals but my dad and I and I think another scout had paid the extra to eat there. It sure was great not having to carry the extra weight and not having to cook for ourselves!

  14. Hi!
    No, I saw them all but did not get a chance to respond to your comments before now. We don’t respond to a lot of them actually but, yeah, you got me with the Grand Canyon story. I was born in Hawaii but grew up in PA, so I am familiar with rural WV. I knew folks who moved from there to my neighborhood, in fact. Thanks again for the comments and support!

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