The sight of the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona is breathtaking for many. The gorge was formed by the waters of the Colorado River, which cut into the kaibab plateau channel 2 km deep.
Grand Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world and one of the most unusual geological objects of our planet. Included among the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon was declared a national park in 1919, this is one of the most famous attractions of the United States of America.
No description can truly prepare a person for the scale and grandeur of this huge gorge, which goes into the distance, as far as the eye can see, with a grand complex of canyons, waterfalls, caves, towers, ledges and ravines. It seems that the Grand Canyon always looks in a new way, and the sun's rays and shadows from the passing clouds make the rocks constantly change the shades of colors in an exquisite range from black and purplish brown to pale pink and bluish gray. Findings in the caves indicate that the first inhabitants appeared in the Grand Canyon around 2000 BC. Less than 10 million years ago, the Colorado River looped across a vast plain. Then the movements of the earth's crust forced this site to rise, and the river began to crash into the rock. Soft limestones, whose age was estimated at 2 million years, were first exposed to erosion, and then came the turn of more ancient shales and sandstones located in deep strata. The oldest layer was formed by granites and crystalline schists, spanning 2 billion years, forming the bottom of the canyon. The main canyon stretches 365 km in length and reaches about 29 km in the widest part. Its depth in some places reaches 1.6 km. There is not a single bridge across the gorge, and anyone wishing to cross from North Rim Headwaters (North Rome-Hedvoters) to the Grand Canyon village located on the south coast, and the distance between them in a straight line, through the canyon, does not exceed 19 km, will be forced to overcome more than 322 km.
Horseshoe - the famous bend of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. In the north of the Grand Canyon. Riot of colors.
Here you can enjoy an incredible palette of colors, looking at the scarlet, golden and orange cliffs, purple abysses, crystal clear waters, making these places considered one of the most beautiful corners of the Earth. Seeing the sunset in the Grand Canyon, the poet Karl Sandberg exclaimed: "Here comes the Lord with an army of standard-bearers!"
The southern edge of the Grand Canyon is the most popular destination because it is easily accessible from the highway running parallel to the edge of the canyon. There are several viewing platforms, hiking trails.
The northern edge, where the height of the walls of the canyon becomes much more noticeable, we visit tourists much less often, because getting here is not so easy. You can still get to the Tuvip area via several dirt roads and enjoy stunning views, but in general the area is not accessible to cars.
In addition to the Grand Canyon, there are many lateral canyons and gorges, but most of them require time or a difficult rafting along the Colorado River to explore.
After a single trip here, you begin to understand why this place is so popular and why it is considered a unique natural wonder.
The ancient legends of the Navajo Indians tell of a brave hero named Packit-haawi. He put an end to the Great Flood by taking a weighty club and splitting hard ground so that all the water could escape into the crack that had formed. Geologists claim that the gorge was formed over 40-50 million years, while the Colorado River waters persistently deepened its channel.
March 20, 2007 the opening of a unique structure - the Transcendental Bridge (Grand Canyon SkyWalk), the world's first glass bridge soaring over the beauties of the Grand Canyon at an altitude of 1200 meters. The bridge is in the form of a horseshoe, the extreme point of which is located 20 meters from the edge of the abyss! No cables or brackets limit the all-round visibility. The transparent floor of the bridge makes you feel like an eagle soaring above the hot expanses of the prairies. This observation deck is 2 times higher than the Ostankino Tower, Taipei 101 Tower in Taiwan 2.5 times, Empire State Building in New York more than 3 times! Admission is $ 25 in addition to the cost of entering the Western Grand Canyon.
Colorado River Rafting
The park itself is very simple (American convenient and comfortable). A road runs along the edge of the canyon. Periodically (every 4-10 miles) there are comfortable places for inspection, viewing platforms, near each marked parking and permanent parking spaces for the disabled. As a rule, a fence-fence was put up at these sites so that someone would not fall down and file a lawsuit that would ruin the entire system of US national parks. Some sites are located on the rocks, which are somewhat protruding into the canyon, which allows you to enjoy a view of 270 degrees. On selected viewing platforms Desert View and Canyon Village (Desert View, Canyon Village) there are souvenir shops where you can buy real and quality made (usually in China) calendars, DVDs, cards, and other souvenir trinkets. The staff is friendly, be sure to tell the place for the best sunset photography.
If possible, it’s best not to come to the Grand Canyon with an influx of visitors between May and September. Campsites and hotels are located near the Northern Territory, but this is the place for the local patrons. Beginners should stop at the southern edge.
If you are planning to stay at the campsite, book a place in advance; you can also rent a house in the village of Grand Canyon Village. In the local kiosks you can get information about the routes, both on foot and on mules down the canyon, or about rafting along the Colorado River. Hiking or riding a mule requires courage. River rafting provides an opportunity to see the canyon under the supervision of experienced guides.
Observation deck Observation tower Hoover Dam
At first, the Information Center at the Grand Canyon Village will help. On the Rim Drive road, in small information kiosks, tourists traveling by bus or bicycle can get interesting information about the local geology, vegetation, animals and people living in these parts. Information about the Indians, whose dwellings in the canyon cliffs are still visible from the Northern Territory, is particularly attractive.
Up along the edge of the canyon through the thickets of juniper and edible pine laid wonderful hiking trails. Every now and then you find yourself in a clearing at the edge of the canyon, where your gaze reveals huge mounds or hills, towering like the Egyptian pyramids or Aztec temples and bearing such names as the Zoroastrian temple or the pyramid of Cheops. There are also rock formations with sonorous names: Cape Skeleton and the Ghost Manor.
Regular buses run along the 13-km route of the Western Territory, which is closed to private vehicles from May to September, stopping at places with a wonderful view of the canyon: Hopi Point, Mojave Point and Pima Point. Often there are other buses that can take travelers.
Light Angel Trail
Walking should be undertaken by a physically well-trained person, despite the small distances, the terrain is rugged, and the heat is large. Wear hiking shoes, protective clothing, a wide-brimmed sun hat, apply sunscreen and grab drinking water.
The easiest route is the Light Angel Trail (Bright Angel Trail)starting at Bright Angel Shelter (Bright Angel Lodge). Speak at dawn with the expectation that the descent will take three hours, and the climb six or seven hours. The loop, looping, after 2.5 km leads to the first resting place where an emergency telephone is installed, and after another 2.5 km to the second resting place - the so-called biblical Jacob's Ladder (Jacobs Ladder), and, already walking almost straight, reaches a wonderful Indian garden (Indian garden) at the Garden stream. Here, in the campsite near the caretaker’s gatehouse, you can spend the night provided that you have reserved a place to worry about at least six months before arriving here.
Hiking enthusiasts can continue their journey along Garden Stream the next day, bypassing Devil's Gimlet (Devil's Corkscrew) down the Pipe stream to the river Recreation area near the Colorado River. If pre-booked, travelers can stay in a barracks room of the Ghost Manor. A more difficult route runs along the steep Kaibab trail (Kaibab Trail)coming from the Yaki Point Road east of the Grand Canyon Village.
Hiking trails allow you to retire from the crowds on the Rim Drive road, although here you can always step back a hundred meters and enjoy the beauty of a natural miracle in silence.
The most developed area in the park is the Grand Canyon Village. (Grand Canyon Village), which is located 9.6 km north of the entrance to the Southern Territory (South Rim Entrance Station). The only entrance to the Northern Territory is located 48 km south of Lake Jacob (Jacob Lake) on the highway (highway) 67. The road from the Northern Region to the Southern Region will be 344 km if you drive by car, 33.6 km if you walk through the canyon, or 16 km for a flying condor.
Entrance ticket to the park (vehicles / cyclists and pedestrians $ 25/12) valid for seven days, it can be used on both sides.
Night walking tours and camping in remote areas of the park require permission. Remote Area Information Center (Backcountry Information Center, Tel: 928-638-7875, Fax 928-638-7875, www.nps.gov/grca, Grand Canyon Village (Grand Canyon Village), 08.00-12.00 and 13.00-17.00, telephone service 13.00-17.00 Mon-Fri) accepts applications for permits for backpackers ($ 10, plus $ 5 per person per night) only for the current month and the next four. You have decent chances if you apply in advance (for four months, in spring and autumn) and offer alternative walking routes. The application is accepted in person, by email or fax. More information at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm. If you arrived without permission, head to the office near Maswik Lodge and write your name on the waiting list.
National Geographic Tourism Center (National Geographic Visitor Center, Tel: 928-638-2468, www.explorethecanyon.com, Highway (highway) 64, Tusayan (Tusayan), adult / child $ 13/10, 8.00-22.00) Located in Tusayan, 11.2 km south of the Grand Canyon Village, pay $ 25 to drive in and save time on potentially long waiting times at the gates to the park, especially in summer. IMAX Cinema Shows Amazing 34 Minute Grand Canyon Hidden Secrets Movie (Grand Canyon - The Hidden Secrets).
How to get and get around
Most tourists come to the canyon by private cars or with a guided tour. Finding a parking spot in the Grand Canyon Village can be difficult. Under the new program "Park and Ride" (Park-n-ride) in summer, visitors can purchase a ticket to the park at the National Geographic Tourist Center (National Geographic Visitor Center), park the car in the designated place and take the free bus that follows the expensive Tusayan Route park (Tusayan Route, 8.00-21.30 mid-May-early September) to the Grand Canyon Tourist Center (Grand Canyon Visitor Center). A pass to the park is also suitable for this option. The trip takes 20 minutes, the first bus leaves for Tusayan at 8.00 in the morning. The last bus from the park leaves at 21.30.
Free buses run through the park along three routes: around the Grand Canyon Village, west along the Hermits Rest (Hermits Rest Route) and east on the Kaibab Trail (Kaibab Trail Route). Buses usually run at least twice per hour, starting one hour before sunset and ending one hour after it.
A free Hiker's Express shuttle runs during the summer months (at 4.00,5.00,6.00 June-August, 5.00,6.00,7.00 May and September). He leaves from Bright Angel Lodge and picks up tourists at the Backcountry Information Center. (Backcountry Information Center) and Grand Canyon Tourist Center (Grand Canyon Visitor Center) and on to the beginning of the South Kaibab trail (South Kaibab).
Transcanyon Shuttle Bus (Tel: 928-638-2820, www.trans-canyonshuttle.com, one-way / return ticket $ 80/150, 7.00 mid-May-mid-October) daily departs from the Grand Canyon Lodge hotel in the South Region (5 hours)that is suitable for tourists traveling from one edge of the canyon to the other. Book your place at least one or two weeks in advance. Free tour bus to the Northern Kaibab trail (North Kaibab Trail) Departures at 5.45 and 7.10 in the morning from the Grand Canyon Lodge. You need to sign up at the front desk, if not a single person is registered the night before departure, then the bus will not go on the road.
Bright Angel Bicycles bike rental (Tel: 928-814-8704, www.bikegrandcanyon.com, full-time adult / child $ 35/25, 8.00-18.00 May-September, 10.00-16.30 March-April and October-November, if weather permits) Bicycle rental of the Comfort Cruiser type: friendly staff will select any bike to order. The price also includes the rental of a helmet and a bicycle lock.
Here you can find traces of the four geological eras of the Earth, a variety of rocks and caves containing rich geological, biological and archaeological material. The Grand Canyon is considered one of the best examples of soil erosion. Initially, the Colorado River flowed across the plain, but as a result of the movement of the earth's crust about 65 million years ago, the Colorado Plateau rose. As a result, the inclination angle of the river flow and, as a result, the flow velocity and the ability to destroy the rock lying in its path increased. First, the river eroded the upper limestones, and then set to deeper and more ancient sandstones and shales. And so the Grand Canyon was formed. It happened about 5-6 million years ago. The canyon is still growing due to ongoing erosion.
Along the Grand Canyon by bike Lizard in a cliff hole
Nowadays, the most ancient rocks - granites, whose destruction is much slower, have already appeared at the bottom of the gorge. Colorado waters rush along the gorge at a speed of 20 km per hour, rolling huge boulders and pebbles along the bottom and carrying so much sand and clay with them that the river becomes completely opaque and takes on a reddish-brown hue. During the day, Colorado carries about half a million tons of rock into the sea. Stones and sand carried away by the river increase the destructive effect produced by Colorado, and even the strongest granites of the canyon bed are wiped with this emery a quarter of a millimeter annually.
The vast expanse of the gorge does not look like just a long narrow hole in the ground. It is filled with random clusters of remnant cliffs, which have the most bizarre shape. Landslides, water and wind erosion created in the walls of the canyon the outlines of giant pagodas, pyramids, towers, fortress walls, representing a unique spectacle of beauty and grandeur. Many of them have their own names: Vishnu Temple, Shiva Temple, Throne of Wotan, etc. The entire many-sided stone labyrinth, like the gigantic walls of the canyon, is lined with alternating yellow, pink, red, brown and brown layers of sedimentary rocks that make up the plateau. These almost the most complete geological outcrops in the world represent the history of the Earth over 1.5 billion years.
Now the bottom of the Grand Canyon sank at least 1000 m in depth relative to the level to which it was once raised by tectonic activity. The erosion process continues. Someday, in the very distant future for us, the Grand Canyon will cease to exist at all.
Climate and nature
The climate on the plateau and at the bottom of the canyon is very different - when there is about 15 ° C of heat above, at the bottom of the gorge, among hot stones, the temperature can rise to +40 ° C.
Grand Canyon Snow
The wildlife of the canyon is interesting. At the bottom of the gorge is a typical desert landscape of the Southwestern United States with a variety of cacti, agaves, yuccas.As you rise, thuja, oaks, aspen, willow begin to meet, and even higher extends the zone of pines and junipers. The rich fauna includes about 100 species of birds and 60 species of mammals, among which several extremely rare species.
June is the driest month of the year; July and August are the wettest. In January, the average nighttime temperature drops to -11 ° C –7 ° C, and the daytime temperature reaches about 4 ° C. In summer, the air temperature in the canyon regularly rises above 38 ° C. The southern edge of the Grand Canyon is accessible to tourists all year round. Most visitors come between late May and early September. The northern region is open from mid-May to mid-October.
Grand Canyon in the sunset
In 1540, a detachment of Spanish soldiers, scouring in search of the legendary Seven Golden Cities of Kibola, went to the edge of the gorge. Stunned by the sight before them, the Spaniards fell to their knees and began to pray. For three days they searched for a path to go down into the gorge, but did not find it. Water and food supplies came to an end, and they returned to Mexico with nothing.
In 1858, Joseph Eaves on the Explorer ship climbed up the Colorado River from the Gulf of California. He wanted to determine the length of the navigable part of the river, but soon got aground. On this Ivz had to end the expedition and return to where he reached the Grand Canyon. And only in 1869, Major John Wesley Powell became the first explorer to go all the way to the Colorado River. His expedition marked the beginning of the scientific study of the Grand Canyon.
Following Powell, a lot of scientists visited here. The Grand Canyon has become a real treasure for geologists, because the layers of ancient sediments exposed by the river can be considered the library where information about the history of the Earth is stored. The oldest formations discovered on these slopes are 1.7 billion years old - there are no more ancient rocks anywhere in the world! And the Colorado River continues its painstaking work for the glory of archeology, exposing ever new strata of rocks for science every year.
The most popular region of the canyon is the Southern Territory. This is where all the observation platforms and other attractions are located. the most visited, there are also popular observation platforms. Reservations of the hawasupai and valapai tribes have been preserved in the southern part of the park. Outsiders here are treated with caution, as they were thousands of years ago, but today local residents already feel safe and ready for guests.
The northern region is less suitable for tourists. There are many inaccessible paths, and in winter this part of the park is completely closed for visiting. However, those who are not lazy to get here are not disappointed: in the north of the canyon there is a very interesting flora, fauna, landscape, and even the climate is slightly different.
Almost all the attractions of the Grand Canyon have poetic names: Vishnu Temple, Shiva Temple, Throne of Wotan, etc. Above the river you can see Bukans Stone - a black ash cone, as well as the terrace of the red sandstone Esplanade, which is especially beautiful in the sun at sunset .
In the North Canyon Bosch there are very picturesque lakes at the foot of centuries-old stone walls. And from one of the most beautiful dams - Hoover Dam - an incredibly beautiful view of the largest man-made lake in the United States - Lake Mead. For the convenience of tourists, a viewing platform has been specially built here.
There are several ways to travel along the canyon: on foot (there are many convenient hiking trails in the park). The beauty of such a journey is that you can slowly enjoy the ever-changing landscapes. For example, the same place at dawn and in the evening after sunset can look completely different.
The Colorado River can be rafted on rubber rafts. Well, the most curious and “cowboy” way is a horse ride or a mule trip. The cost of such pleasure: from 45 USD per hour. There is also a train on which you can ride along the edge of the gorge, rent a bike and rent a car. For extreme people there is a small plane (flying over the Grand Canyon will cost about 389 USD) and a balloon. Prices on the page are for September 2018.
On the territory of the Grand Canyon there are quite a lot of viewing platforms in different parts of the park. The most expensive of them is Skywalk. This is a huge platform with a transparent bottom, it costs 83 USD to visit. The Sky Trail is also popular among tourists - a glass bridge in the shape of a horseshoe that hangs in the air at an altitude of 1219 m.
How to get there: airplanes to Las Vegas, from there by train to Flagstaff (about 330 km), and from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon (another 100 km) there are buses and shuttles, but given the not always convenient public transport schedule, experienced travelers recommend renting a car .
Entrance: for pedestrians and cyclists - from 12 USD, for cars - 25 USD (for 7 days), visits to viewing platforms are paid separately.
Attractions Grand Canyon
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A deep cleft snakes through Arizona for more than four hundred kilometers. The Canyon owes its appearance to two rivers - the Colorado and Walpai, which for many millions of years pierced the sandy-stony land of the plateau. The wind, polishing their surfaces, also took part in the architecture of the ornate walls. A lot of stony rocks, opening in layers as the Canyon is formed, fill it with all kinds of iridescent shades.
You can enjoy fantastic landscapes by visiting one of the greatest US reserves - the Grand Canyon National Park. The park covers almost five thousand square kilometers. The most visited area is the southern edge of the Canyon, where the most popular observation points are located.
To see the whole Canyon, stretching from horizon to horizon, of course, is impossible. Previously, those who wanted to see the panorama of the Grand Canyon on a large scale had to shell out for a helicopter tour. Architecture came to the rescue: in 2007, over a 1220-meter precipice, a completely transparent bridge was opened from which a truly breathtaking view opens up.
The colorful desert in northern Arizona, in the USA, is one of the most amazing places on our planet. This is a large part of the North American Plateau of Colorado. Beautiful colored hills stretch along the Little Colorado River and form a landscape that is absolutely incredibly picturesque. This desert is part of the famous Grand Canyon and is part of the Petrified Trees National Park.
The name of the desert was first used in 1858 by Lieutenant Joseph Eaves, as he described the colored stripes of red, yellow, white, blue and lilac. Hot desert air sometimes turns into pink mist or purple haze - this colored dust rises into the air. Together, all colors form an amazing rainbow, stretched across the desert, like colored waves overflowing the hills.
It took millions of years to create this amazing canvas in nature. Faults of the earth's crust, ocean waters, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, erosion and sun rays are just a few of the factors that worked on this stunning picture and created one of the most unique landscapes of the planet.
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Grand Canyon Skywalk Observation Deck
The Grand Canyon is world famous and very popular, and not only among lovers of the Wild West and beautiful nature, but also among scientists, because its rocks and caves, and the canyon itself as a whole, are a huge pool of knowledge for geologists, archaeologists and biologists. And yet it is known to the general public primarily as an unearthly beautiful place.
A real gift for visitors to the Grand Canyon was the completion in 2007 of the construction of a horseshoe-shaped observation platform, projecting twenty meters above the canyon. Glass (special shoes are given to visitors so as not to scratch the glass) the surfaces of the viewing platform do not interfere with the view at all and create a feeling of soaring above the Grand Canyon, allowing you to enjoy the unique scenery of this place with all your heart.
It is impossible to describe everything that can be seen in the Grand Canyon, each of the many and unique attractions of this natural monument is worthy of the title of a pearl in the world treasury and a separate story. It can only be noted that Grand Canyon Skywalk is a great opportunity to truly imbue the unique spirit of this place.
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The Grand Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world. The Colorado River cuts through it in the thickness of sandstones, limestones and shales. These amazing natural phenomena have occurred over 10 million years.
Now the canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the main attractions of the United States. The canyon is 446 kilometers long, its width varies from 6 to 29 kilometers, and its depth reaches 1,600 meters.
For convenience, observation platforms were built on the canyon, a detailed map of the area was installed, the park was absolutely clean, therefore the ability of Americans to protect their natural beauty is amazing.
The Grand Canyon is also very well researched by scientists: in it they discovered 4 geological eras of the Earth, many rocks and caves with rich geological, biological and archaeological materials.
The most popular Grand Canyon attractions with descriptions and photographs for every taste. Choose the best places to visit famous places of the Grand Canyon on our website.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most unusual geological features of our planet. You can find traces of four geological eras of the Earth in it. which ones? , a variety of rocks and caves containing rich geological, biological and archaeological material.
Canyon is considered by whom? one of the best examples of erosion.
Initially, the Colorado River flowed across the plain. source not specified 384 days but as a result of the movement of the earth's crust about 65 million years ago, the Colorado plateau rose. As a result of raising the plateau, the angle of inclination of the Colorado River changed, as a result of which its speed and ability to erode the rocks lying in its path increased.
First of all, the river eroded the upper limestones, and then set to deeper and more ancient sandstones and shales. So the Grand Canyon was formed source not specified 384 days . It happened about 5-6 million years ago. The canyon is now deepening due to the ongoing processes of erosion.
Altitudinal zoning is observed within the canyon, although the boundaries of the zones are very blurred. With height, temperature, humidity, and, accordingly, fauna, soil, and plants growing on them change. In the canyon grows spruce, yellow pine, fir.
General Useful Information about Grand Canyon
When we talk about Grand Canyon - we mean three main locations. Grand Canyon National Park - The southern cornice, the Northern cornice of the Grand Canyon and the lands of the Hualapai and Havasupai Indians along the so-called Western cornice of the Grand Canyon with the Skywalk observation deck.
More than 400 km. in length, one and a half kilometers in depth and more than 10 km. wide. The width between the northern and southern cornices varies within 200 meters - 20 km. A detour by car from the Southern Cornice to the Northern will take several hours and about 300 km. And also, when talking about the Grand Canyon in numbers, it’s important to understand that these are just statistics that do not even convey the approximate scale of this number one attractions in the USA. Something more is the feeling that you get when you see this natural miracle.
Grand Canyon, South Rim - Grand Canyon, South Cornice
This mini guide is entirely dedicated to south eaves of the Grand Canyonwhich is most popular because of its availability.
Grand Canyon in 1 day
The main species route along the South Corniche on a 23-mile road looks like this:
Mother Point - Yaki Point - Grandview Point - Moran - Tusayan Ruin and Museum - Lipan Point - Navajo Point - Desert View
The first incredible view of the canyon opens near the entrance to the park - the place is called Mother point. By the way, on each observation deck there is an information plate on which the history of the place and all the necessary information are briefly written.
Grand Canyon, Route Map
Continue east to Desert view drive, 3 kilometers from Mother point make one more stop - Yaki point. We continue driving for about 12 km. east to Grandview point from which the ruins of the Krishna Shrine and Vishnu Temple are clearly visible. Although the most important thing is still around - the enchanting panorama of the Grand Canyon, which is not repeated.
Grand Canyon, South Rim - Grand Canyon, South Cornice
Another 6 km. east and get to the observation deck Moran, 5 km. from her Tusoyan Museum, next to a steam engine that walked along a narrow gauge railway a hundred years ago.
Grand Canyon, South Rim - Grand Canyon, South Cornice
Further east we get to Lipan point, from this place you can see the Colorado River winding between the labyrinths of the canyon. A couple of kilometers remains to the highest point of the canyon - Navajo Point. Next to her observation deck Desert View - a little lower on the road. She is the most extreme point of the route.
Grand Canyon, South Rim - Grand Canyon, South Cornice
On the way back, you can stop for lunch at any organized picnic area, there are several on the route. Back in Grand canyon village you can leave your car and walk along the asphalt path to Maricopa point. Buy souvenirs along the way, there is a supermarket in the village Canyon village marketplace.
Grand Canyon, South Rim - Grand Canyon, South Cornice
If you have time and desire - you can have dinner on the road historic restaurant El Tovar, it is located in the eponymous El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon Village. Praises him Trip advisor, and I will abstain. Expensive, chock-full of Chinese which they bring in buses and off-topic pathos. By American standards, this is a regular restaurant, you can not even take a windbreaker to the wardrobe. In general, if there is an extra a hundred bucks for two - stop by, have lunch. There is no particular choice, there is still a cheap eatery near the center of the village, but it is better to have a picnic in nature.
Grand Canyon, South Rim - Grand Canyon, South Cornice
A free shuttle runs along the entire route - if you have time, it’s worth taking Hermit Road (Hermit Road) to Hermits Rest - Hermit Restwhich is 12 kilometers from the village. Along the route there are two points from which the best sunset view in Grand Canyon — Hopi Point and Powell Point. The program is complete, you can go to Tusoyan for the night, for example, and move on from there.