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You will find information about the West Valley side of the Phoenix Metro area. "Snappy" will also feature attractions and places throughout Arizona.

Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

With out a doubt, the most famous attraction in Arizona is the Grand Canyon National Park. Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Nearly five million people from around the world see the 1 mile  deep Grand Canyon each year. Most people see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim which is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year.

A much smaller number of people see the Canyon from the North Rim, which lies just 10 miles directly across the Canyon from the South Rim. The North Rim rises a thousand feet higher than the South Rim, and is much less accessible. Heavy snows close the road to the North Rim from late October to mid May of each year. Even in good weather it's harder to get to. It is 220 miles by car from the South Rim, or 21 miles if you wish to hike across the Canyon by way of the North and South Kaibab Trails. If you are hiking across the canyon, the South  Kaibab Trail crosses the Colorado River on a narrow foot bridge 70 feet above the water. There is only one way to cross by automobile, and that is 137 miles from the South Rim Village (at Marble Canyon, AZ) via the  Navajo Bridge, a few miles downstream from Lees Ferry, where the Canyon is only 400 feet wide.

The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rim and is seen mainly by hikers, mule riders, or river runners. There are many opportunities here for adventurous and hardy persons who want to backpack, ride a mule to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through the Canyon on the Colorado River. The River Trip can take anywhere from a few days to three weeks - there are no one-day river trips through Grand Canyon.

I personally want to invite you to visit our beautiful state starting with the Grand Canyon.

Mary Parkin

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