Some interesting facts about
the Grand Canyon...

Here are some fun/interesting facts about the Grand Canyon that you might like to look at before you visit or perhaps cast your eye over on your journey there.

My husband Martyn likes to read up on places before we visit them. If you’re like him and driving or taking a coach trip from Las Vegas you’ll certainly have enough time to read all about this world heritage site as the journey is approximately 270 miles.

But if you get car sick looking at all that text, I know I do, or just don’t want to trawl through lots of information before you visit it for yourself have a look at these brief facts about the Grand Canyon:

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Fact 1

It’s considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world because of its breathtaking, vast landscape. (Even pictures of the Grand Canyon don’t do it justice!)

Fact 2

The Grand Canyon was formed over a period of six million years

Fact 3

It was formed by the Colorado River

Fact 4

The Grand Canyon is more than a mile deep

Fact 5

The Canyon is up to 18 miles wide

Fact 6

It is 277 miles long

Fact 7

The Grand Canyon’s location is in Arizona

Fact 8

The Grand Canyon was made a national park in 1919

Fact 9

It attracts approximately five million visitors a year

Fact 10

The National Park is divided into the North Rim and the South Rim. The South Rim is most frequently visited as it’s easily accessible

Fact 11

There’s not much in the way of vegetation in the valley of the Canyon because there’s little soil.

Fact 12

According to the National Geographic website the Canyon has approximately 70 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 25 types of reptiles and five species of amphibians

Fact 13

No fossil teeth and bones belonging to reptiles have ever been found there

Fact 14

Five Indian tribes inhabit the National Park: The Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, Paiute and Hualapai. (The Maverick Helicopters Wind Dancer Air and Landing tours of the Grand Canyon land in Hualapai Indian territory. See our photos.)

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