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Often described as Earth’s greatest geological showcase, the breathtaking ensemble of colorful rock layers, impressive buttes and shadowed side canyons sets Grand Canyon apart.
The Grand Canyon truly is Flagstaff’s back yard. Only 80 miles of scenic road between destinations, you can wake up to breakfast in Flagstaff, have lunch at the Grand Canyon Historic Village at South Rim and be back to take the brewery trail that evening.
The Grand Canyon achieved National Park status in 1919, although having been afforded Federal protection since 1893 first as a forest reserve, then later as a National Monument. Only 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon sees close to five million visitors each year! The most visited area of the park being Grand Canyon Village on the south rim. This area is listed as a National Historic Landmark District and consists of 257 structures.
There are a variety of ways to experience the Grand Canyon based on each person’s interest. Visitors can travel to the many viewpoints via shuttle bus or commercial buses. There are also information centers, museums and interpretive ranger programs where you may learn more about the canyon and its history. If you are feeling adventurous, take a day hike above the rim, or plan for a camping trip down into the canyon. One of the more famous ways to experience the Grand Canyon and Colorado River is a rafting trip. These trips are offered for varying lengths from many different river running companies.