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The Grand Canyon

Updated on January 3, 2015
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

The Grand Canyon is on my Bucket List!

One of my dreams is to visit the Grand Canyon.

My daughter was lucky enough to be able to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon when she was in Arizona. She graciously allowed me to use some of her beautiful photo's to create this website.

Come, begin the journey with me to learn all the facts that we can about the Grand Canyon as we enjoy her beautiful photo's together.

"Hang on to your hats, there is a bit of a breeze this high, and please do not step too closely to the edge!"

All photo's on this website are (c) by photographer Katie Hoxie and should not be copied without her permission, all rights reserved.

The Grandest of All Canyons - No other Canyon like it

The Grandest of All Canyons
The Grandest of All Canyons

There really isn't another Canyon that is quite as spectacular as the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

(c)By Photographer, Katie Hoxie, all rights reserved.

From my daughters words, it is just unbelievably huge! You can stand and look across at places that are 70 miles away.

The Grand Canyon is so Surreal to Look Upon

The Grand Canyon is so Surreal to Look Upon
The Grand Canyon is so Surreal to Look Upon

This massive Canyon is told to overwhelm your senses with just the mere size of it.

At two hundred and seventy seven miles long, the Colorado river winding through the bottom of it, one mile below the plateau peak.

When you look straight across you are looking across a span of eighteen miles in some places.

When you look straight across you are looking across a span of eighteen miles in some places.
When you look straight across you are looking across a span of eighteen miles in some places.

When you look straight across you are looking across a span of eighteen miles in some places.

Unbelievable Colors in the layers of rock - Just how old is the Grand Canyon?

Unbelievable Colors in the layers of rock
Unbelievable Colors in the layers of rock

Did you know that the Grand Canyon is one if the Natural Wonders of the World?

The layers of geologic strata, which are layers of rock or soil and each layer is one of a number of parallel layers that lie one upon another, laid down by natural forces.

Now don't get bored here, think about this:

These layers allow geologists to study three different era's of geological time. There are only four Era's in the entire history of our Earth as we know it. The history in that Canyon dates back 1,750,000,000 years ago. Can you imagine the fossils that lie between those layers and layers of rock?

Does that tell you how old the Grand Canyon is? Amazing, isn't it?

Look again at the photos above, look at each of those layers of the rock. You are actually looking at millions of years of history in those layers of rock!

The Watchtower at Desert Viewpoint - The Grand Canyon in Arizona

The Watchtower at Desert View Point
The Watchtower at Desert View Point

This is a Watchtower that opened in May of 1933. The goal was to provide the widest possible view of the Grand Canyon, and yet blend in with the canyon in harmony with it's rocks. It was designed by architect Mary Colter working for the Santa Fe Railroad who hired her in 1930 to design a gift shop and rest area at Desert View Point.

President Theodore Roosevelt

President Theodore Roosevelt
President Theodore Roosevelt

"Leave it as it is.

The ages have been at work on it,

and man can only mar it.

What you can do is to

keep it for your children,

your children's children,

and for all who come after you,

as one of the great sights

which every American should see."

~President Theodore Roosevelt

If you are not able to read the tiny print, this is what it says, beginning at the Top left:

If you are not able to read the tiny print, this is what it says, beginning at the Top left:
If you are not able to read the tiny print, this is what it says, beginning at the Top left:

If you are not able to read the tiny print, this is what it says, beginning at the Top left:

Walhalla Plateau (North Rim) distance 9.5 miles, 15.3 km.

Wotans Throne (North Rim) distance 7.75 miles, 12.5 km.

Inner Gorge(North Rim) distance 5 miles, 8 km.

Vishnu Temple(North Rim) distance 9 miles, 14.5 km.

Echo Cliffs(North Rim) distance 42 miles, 67.5 km.

Palisades of the Desert(North Rim) distance 17.5 miles, 28 km.

Horseshoe Mesa(North Rim) distance 5 miles, 8 km.

Desert View and Tower(North Rim) distance 13.5 miles, 21.7 km.

Inner Gorge(North Rim) distance 5 miles, 8 km.

And on the bottom, left to right:

A Different View

The view here is unusual. Most views from the South Rim face North, but the view here is to the east. The Palisades of the Desert, directly ahead of you, border Grand Canyon on the east. On the far horizon the Echo Cliffs lie on the edge of the Painted Desert well outside the Grand Canyon National Park.

Distance and Size

At the Grand Canyon distance and size can be deceptive. Look at the Wotans Throne. It is often difficult to distinguish Wotans Throne from the North rim cliffs behind it; they seem to blend together. But nearly two miles separate the near edge of Wotans Throne from the North Rim.

Wotans Throne is a mesa, with an area on top of almost 1/4 square mile, large enough for a football stadium with a parking lot for thousands. Getting fans to the game is another question.

The Colorado River - How the Grand Canyon was created

The Colorado River
The Colorado River

The Grand Canyon was created over millions of years, layers and layers of rock worn down through the years by the Colorado river.

Water, erosion and time all played a part in it's creation.

Canyon Features

Canyon Features
Canyon Features

View from the South Rim, almost the same view of the information below on the Canyon features.

How the Canyon Changes with Light

How the Canyon Changes with Light
How the Canyon Changes with Light

In this photo you can see the shadows developing, the light plays a huge part on how each view of the Canyon looks.

To truly enjoy the entire experiense one should plan a long trip there, seeing it from first dawn as the light hits the rims, to sunset when the spectacular colors reflect on the rocks.

The few changes in the time of day you see throughout this webpage, - help you to imagine how different the light plays on the Canyon must affect it's ever chan

changes in the time of day
changes in the time of day

The few changes in the time of day you see throughout this webpage, help you to imagine how different the light plays on the Canyon must affect it's ever changing beauty.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk

I have got to go visit the Grand Canyon

don't know about you, but I have got to go visit the Grand Canyon
don't know about you, but I have got to go visit the Grand Canyon

Spectacular views - In the Grandest of Canyons

Spectacular views
Spectacular views

I don't know about you, but I have got to go visit the Grand Canyon now, even more after seeing Katie's beautiful photos. There is not a view that isn't spectacular!

I'd like to thank my daughter Katie, the photographer of the above photos, for allowing me to share them with you here.

Thank you all for taking a virtual trip with me to the Grand Canyon. Please drop a note in the box, I would love to hear from you!

Linda


Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a chance to visit the Skywalk last year and had to be helped around! Very embarrassing and memorable experience! Thanks for sharing these wonderful images.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Amazing views. Great photos.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Beautiful lens, blessed by a new squid angel today.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      One of my favorite places in the world, either to hike or to just sit and watch the clouds go by and the colors change in the canyon throughout the day. We're lucky to live just an hour from the South Rim, so we go there often. I hope you too get there eventually. And if you're planning to stop in Flagstaff (because it's right on the way), let me know!

      Unless ... you've been to the Canyon by now?

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Beautiful work, welcome to the National Parks Group!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Stunning lens! I hope you get to go there and see it for yourself! 5* because that's all I can give, or it would be more! Your daughter takes beautiful photos.

      Also adding it to my Natural Wonder lens.

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      kencasey 8 years ago

      Nice photos! Good story, too. I've been there. Hope you get to go, too!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      My husband and I visited the Grand Canyon a few months ago. It's something that definitely needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. I hope you'll add this to All Things Travel.

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Absolutely stunning! Thanks katie! 5*

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      Stunning Photographs!

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Wonderful!

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      topstuff 8 years ago

      wow that is amazing, what great photos and what a great lens, well done

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Loved the Grand Canyon, enjoyed your lens.

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      This is on my bucket list as well. Thanks for the lens Linda. Thank you Katie for sharing your beautiful pictures.

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      I've been to the Grand Canyon and it is everything it is cracked up to be. Just gorgeous. And these photos are beautiful. Great job.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Katie is a great photographer! I have a picture, taken in 1914, a black and white. It's a picture of a group going into the Canyon on donkeys, which you can still do. My great grandmother is one of the participants. What is really interesting is that everyone, except the tour guide, wore three piece suits with ties, even the women!

      Its a great lens and I am giving it *****.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fabulous photos Katie and nice lens Linda.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Excellent photos! I've gone to the Grand Canyon twice before, just before they completed the skywalk one time. Incredible pictures, don't change a thing!

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      fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

      Great lens! 5***** Hi Katie - Great photos - I also had the opportunity to visit the South Rim of The Grand Canyon back in 1972. It is breathtaking and beautiful and it does and awe one's senses. I hope to go back one more time before I leave this planet, but I am grateful to have gone at least once!