Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

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One of the grandest natural wonders in the world, Grand Canyon South Rim stretches 446 km (277 mi), reaching a width of 29 km (18 mi) and a depth of nearly 2 km (1.1 mi). Nearly 2 billion years old, the canyon walls expose nearly half of earth's lifespan, with layer after layer of rock cut by the Colorado River and its tributaries. For thousands of years this area was home to Native Americans, who built their settlements inside many of the canyon's caves. Today, the views offered by these ancient rocks attract visitors from around the world, who usually explore the South Rim's lookouts and Native American ruins. Hike along the Rim Trail to enjoy spectacular views of the canyon and surrounding desert landscape. Head back towards Grand Canyon Village to visit the Desert View Watchtower or the Buckey O’Neill Cabin, the longest continually standing structure on the South Rim. Most visitors do not hike. Of the nearly 5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year, 90% see it from the park's free shuttle buses or from their car at overlooks along the South Rim. To visit Grand Canyon South Rim and get the most from your holiday in Grand Canyon National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool.
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  • Crowded, especially at sunset or sundown. Dress warm, and bring binoculars. Parking can be scarce midday and later. Watch tower upper floor was closed in Nov 2021, but gift shop below was open  more »
  • To see the magnificent Grand is awe inspiring and to see this a the South Rim is not to be missed. Photos can not accurately convey the majesty of this World Wonder.  more »

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