Often considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is the obvious namesake and focal point of Grand Canyon National Park, the US's 15th oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park's establishment in 1919 after a series of preceding conservation acts more than likely stopped the Colorado River—the natural force which carved the canyon over millions of years—from being dammed in the early twentieth century. President Theodore Roosevelt declared the canyon "the one great sight which every American should see," and very few who take in the massive, 277-mile-long gorge in person would disagree.
Private canyon flyovers are endlessly popular, and can be experienced in helicopters and light aircraft flying out of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. The floor of the canyon valley can be reached on foot, mule-back, or via the river in boats or rafts. The Grand Canyon Skywalk, located near the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon West area, is a transparent, U-shaped bridge jutting out over the edge of the canyon, allowing brave visitors to "float" 500 to 800 above the river.
Park entrance fee for vehicles is $25 per private vehicle. Park entrance fee for individuals on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, or in non-commercial groups is $12 per person. Admission is good for seven days. Entrance fees are waived on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, National Park Week days, National Park Service Birthday, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day weekend.
Best time to visit
The South Rim is open year-round, 24 hours a day, and visitor services like camping, lodging, and eateries are available all year as well (though some facilities close in the winter). The North Rim season is relatively short, lasting from May 15th to October 15th annually.
Near by POI
Grand Canyon Village (population 2,000+), located on the South Rim of the canyon, is based entirely around tourism-centered services.