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Grand Canyon National Park pretty much speaks for itself; anyone who has been there will know this. For those yet to go, the Grand Canyon will consistently make your jaw drop even for seasoned veterans of the park. It is no wonder it is one of the country's most popular National Parks. With limited time, you can drive along the rim (Most people visit the South Rim, as it is more accessible from many other destinations and has more of the park's highlights). If you are feeling the need to get some exercise, walk along the Rim Trail as long as you want before turning around or taking one of the man free shuttles back to the lodge or the restaurant overlooking the vast canyon. The best way to appreciate the canyon is from the bottom, usually with a trip to the Bright Angel campground along the South Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel trail. DO NOT attempt a trip to the bottom and back in 1 day. Temperatures at the bottom can reach 110 degrees in the middle of the day, many people suffer from dehydration and heat stroke due to the dry climate. If attempting this (at least 2-day) hike, start very early in the morning to avoid the heat (do not hike between 10 and 2); By starting very early, you also get the added bonus of seeing the sunrise over the canyon walls, which will bring out some of the reddest rock you have ever seen. With more time to spare, there are several Native American reservations with tourist information, as well as several museums and ranger talks about the formation of this immense canyon, the history of its first inhabitants, and how the area is still changing today.
tough hike, but beautiful. start early!
If you really want a good perspective of the trail, use Goggle earth instead. There is one fairly flat portion just before the final descent. The river itself is fairly anti-climatic but it's good for bragging rights to complete the hike. 3 hours down, 5 hours up(average). Whitmore Canyon Trail is a much easier way to get down to the Colorado River.
Really crowded hike. You won't have much seclusion on this popular hike in the South Rim. Though it is centrally located in the park so it makes sense. It has good views though not the most stunning in the park. It makes for a good workout and training if you're looking to backpack long distances. Be good to your knees and bring trekking poles!
It was my first time at the Grand Canyon. I had the best adventure ever! Incredible group of people! Great weather! Amazing hiking! I will do it again. The Canyon is a magic place where in same way you would find yourself and you would be proud of something bigger than you. At night...the stars will reveal, and the silence of the Canyon will tell you the secrets of it magic.