Planning a vacation to Grand Canyon? Given below are some interesting things about this amazing year-round holiday destination. Increase your basic knowledge about this natural wonder and make the most of your holidays.
- The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide
- There are a lot of controversies related to the age of the Canyon. Earlier studies state that the Canyon is 5-6 million years old (“60-Million-Year Debate on Grand Canyon’s Age”. New York Times.)
- A study published in journal Science in December 2012 revealed that the Grand Canyon could be as old as 70 Million years.
- The Grand Canyon has amazing wildlife. It has approximately 70 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, and 25 different types of reptiles.
- Of the various reptile species that are found in the park, the Grand Canyon Pink Rattlesnakes are quite interesting. They have evolved in a way that their color is similar to the rock layers around them.
- 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.
- Grand Canyon National Park covers a total area of 1900 square miles and is roughly 277 river miles long
- Archeological remains from the following culture groups are found in Grand Canyon National Park: Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Basketmaker, Ancestral Puebloan (Kayenta and Virgin branches), Cohonina, Cerbat, Pai, Southern Paiute, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Euro-American
There are millions of facts and stories about the Grand Canyon. You can learn about them by reading books and researching online. The information gathered can lead to a better understanding of the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas on your vacation.