Grand Canyon National Park

Field Institute

In its 14th season, the Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCFI) offers visitors the opportunity to explore one of North America's premier destinations in the company of seasoned guides. A program of the Grand Canyon Association, GCFI is dedicated to enhancing understanding and appreciation of Grand Canyon through firsthand experience. ...

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Only A Day

Even a single day on the South Rim of the park can afford pleasant walks with spectacular vistas and fascinating points of interest. Here's a recommended itinerary if you only have a day: Canyon View Information Plaza: Stop at Canyon View Information Plaza in the Village to receive an orientation ...

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Flora & Fauna

Because the Grand Canyon ranges from 1,200 feet at the canyon's western bottom to more than 9,100 feet on the North Rim, it supports a variety of plant and animal life indigenous to both desert and mountain environments.  Because the Grand Canyon ranges from 1,200 feet at the canyon's western ...

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Grand Canyon Regulations

More than 4 million people visit Grand Canyon every year. Help preserve and protect the park for your fellow visitors and for future generations. Honor these key NPS regulations:  Camping To protect the park's fragile environment, camping is allowed only within designated campsites. Firearms and Fireworks Firearms, including air pistols and rifles, bows ...

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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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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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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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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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