|Magnificent colors of the Grand Canyon|
Grand Canyon National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. So this is the perfect time to visit this widely visited national park. Its jaw-dropping views draw in more than six million visitors annually, and these will be highlighted with diverse historical, cultural, and natural public events throughout the year.
|The Colorado River cuts through the canyon.|
Hikers may try reaching the bottom at Phantom Ranch, a nine-mile trek down. However long that takes, be prepared for the trip back up to take triple the amount of time. Or ride a mule down, which is quite an unusual experience.
|Sunrise and sunset are the best times for such striking views.|
|View of Grand Canyon from a helicopter.|
The North Rim offers different views and is only open during summer months as its elevation results in colder temperatures and snow for many months of the year.
On the Western side is a Skywalk that allows visitors to stand above the canyon on a glass viewing platform, and they can take a zip line across the canyon for a bird’s eye view. Additionally, in 2019 the centennial celebration will bring special events, festivities, demonstrations, special exhibits, and travel deals including the Grand Canyon Centennial Star Party in June. So be sure to check online or with your travel agent and book early if there are specific events you don’t want to miss.
|The North Rim is extremely rugged and has higher elevation.|
|Shadows are long in the afternoon.|
Called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a mile deep, 277 miles long, and up to 18 miles wide. Few places on earth are as majestic and awe-inspiring as the Grand Canyon. If you haven't been there, this is a great year to go. Or go again, if you have.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier