FEATURED GRAND CANYON HOTEL

Holiday Inn Express Grand CanyonHoliday Inn Express Grand Canyon
SR-64/US 180
Grand Canyon AZ 86023 US

The Grand Canyon Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites features 164 guest rooms and a 32 suite room annex. Free in-room high speed Internet access is available. We are entirely a non-smoking hotel. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located one mile from the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim entrance. Dining and entertainment within walking distance. 1/2 mile from...more

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Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon
SR-64/US 180,
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 US

The Grand Hotel At The Grand Canyon
State Highway 64,
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 US

Red Feather Lodge
Highway 64 Tusayan,
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 US

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn
100 Highway 64,
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 US

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ABOUT THE GRAND CANYON

While located in Arizona, visitors can also access the Grand Canyon from Nevada and Utah. Characterized by unusual erosional shapes and vibrant earth tones, this natural landmark, edged out by the Colorado River, spans 277 miles and plunges as far as 6,000 feet.

Archeologists have unearthed evidence of canyon dwellers dating back to as far as 4,000 years. Visible indicators left behind by these Desert Archaic include twig figures made to resemble animals and painted images on the canyon walls. Around 500 AD these inhabitants were slowly replaced by the Anasazi. Eventually, even Pueblo Indians left traces behind in the form of adobe house remains dating back to the 1200s.

The first non-natives to set foot into the canyon most likely were Spaniards in 1540, but it was not settled until Mormon missionaries did so in the mid 1800s on its Utah border. The Arizona area of the Canyon was developed in the 1880s by ranchers. It is possible that well over 100,000 cattle and as much as a quarter million sheep grazed there by the end of the 19th century.

The Kaibab National Forest and the Grand Canyon National Preserve were constituted in 1883 and 1906, respectively. At that time, only sagebrush was left as all the grassland was wiped out by the cows and sheep in little more than one generation. Tourism started taking hold with the first established tourist accommodations in 1917, and the canyon finally became a National Park officially in 1919.

While upon first glance the canyon scape may seem barren, it is home to hundreds of bird species and dozens of reptiles, mammals, and fish species. While the climate is semi-arid, the canyon does get its share of drenching rains in the late summer months.

The South Rim has some of the best views and is open year round. Since the North Rim has cooler temperatures because of higher elevation, it is closed for the inclement weather season, usually beginning around the middle of October.

Hiking from edge to edge requires a permit, and it takes up to four days to complete the 25-mile distance. Visitors can also participate in many different hikes or mule trips guided by experienced rangers. The drive from North Rim to South Rim, while obviously much longer at around 220 miles, takes about 5 1/2 hours.