Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

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One of the grandest natural wonders in the world, Grand Canyon South Rim stretches 446 km (277 mi), reaching a width of 29 km (18 mi) and a depth of nearly 2 km (1.1 mi). Nearly 2 billion years old, the canyon walls expose nearly half of earth's lifespan, with layer after layer of rock cut by the Colorado River and its tributaries. For thousands of years this area was home to Native Americans, who built their settlements inside many of the canyon's caves. Today, the views offered by these ancient rocks attract visitors from around the world, who usually explore the South Rim's lookouts and Native American ruins. Hike along the Rim Trail to enjoy spectacular views of the canyon and surrounding desert landscape. Head back towards Grand Canyon Village to visit the Desert View Watchtower or the Buckey O’Neill Cabin, the longest continually standing structure on the South Rim. Most visitors do not hike. Of the nearly 5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year, 90% see it from the park's free shuttle buses or from their car at overlooks along the South Rim. To visit Grand Canyon South Rim and get the most from your holiday in Grand Canyon National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .
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  • Get there early, bring your coffee, and watch the sunrise. It is totally worth is. There is a nice trail all along the rim or you can drive it. There are lots of stops and parking pull offs. Expect a ...  more »
  • Woke up at 5 am to take the bus over to the south rim, and hike to Oohaah point for sunrise. Inspirational!  more »
  • Wonderful landscape, similar to the one admired in North Rim but much more appreciated given the natural surroundings, far from listings, trivial souvenirs and the presence of human existance: Here you can walk in the Park, see the animals that roam unmolested, let yourself hypnotizing by emptiness of the Canyon and get penetrated by a sense of peace, tranquility, serenity is hard to find elsewhere. Just a pity the bad light due to arrive too early, ideally around noon-early afternoon, I think you can admire all the beauty without shadows, definitely return in the future, fascinated by this wonder.
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