Grand Canyon National Park

Preserving the Park

President Roosevelt uttered these simple yet powerful words during his 1903 visit to Grand Canyon. Roosevelt, an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, well understood the potential for abuse of America's scenic treasures and worked harder than any president before or since for protection of lands as national parks. "The ages have ...

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Fred Harvey

Known as the "Civilizer of the West," Fred Harvey helped make the West more comfortable for travelers. An immigrant from England, he started his first restaurant in 1876 in Topeka, Kansas. Eventually, his businesses included restaurants, hotels, newsstands and dining cars on the Santa Fe Railway. Xanterra, the primary ...

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Grand Canyon Geology

Grand Canyon attracts the attention of the world for many reasons, but perhaps its greatest significance lies in the geologic record preserved and exposed here. The rocks at Grand Canyon are not inherently unique. Similar rocks are found throughout the world. What is unique about the geologic record at ...

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Getting to the North Rim

By Air: Delta Connection serves St. George, Utah, the near--est public transportation departure points to the North Rim. Airlines also serve Las Vegas, Nevada, where you can take connecting flights to the Tusayan, Arizona Grand Canyon Airport on the South Rim, which is at least a 4.5- to 5-hour ...

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Grand Canyon History

The Paiutes call the plateau that the canyon cuts through Kaibab, or "Mountain Lying Down." John Wesley Powell was the first to consistently use and publish the name, "Grand Canyon," in the 1870s. No matter what name it is known by, Grand Canyon is ever awe-inspiring. American Indians About 10,000 years ...

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Hopi House

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, Hopi House has been selling authentic American Indian arts and crafts to visitors since the Fred Harvey Company opened its doors in 1905. Hopi House was designed by renowned architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, one of the first American architects to appreciate the ...

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In A Nutshell

Open year-round, the South Rim has two entrances. The South Entrance is on Highway 64, from Flagstaff or Williams. The East Entrance is on Highway 64, via Cameron and Highway 89.  Fees and Passes Entrance to the park is $25 per vehicle and $12 per person for pedestrians and bicyclists. The ...

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Grand Canyon National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Stephen Martin
At 277 river-miles long, an average of ten miles wide and nearly one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is widely proclaimed as one of the wonders of the natural world. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate this immense canyon that will surely overwhelm your senses.
Park Acreage: 
1.2174e+06
Highest Point: 
Lookout Tower Ridge
Highest Point Elevation: 
9180 feet
Visitor Count: 
4279439
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Grand Canyon of the Colorado River; Bright Angel Lodge; Canyon View Plaza; Desert View Watchtower; El Tovar Hotel; Hermit's Rest; Kolb Studio; Mather Point; Yavapai Observation Station
Endangered Species: 
Humpback Chub; Razorback Sucker; Kanab Ambersnail; California Brown Pelican; Yuma Clapper Rail; Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25
Nearest Major City: 
Flagstaff, AZ; Fredonia, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Grand Canyon, AZ; North Rim, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS); Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)

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