Absorb the unforgettable Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon’s head spinning depth and size have been known to play baffling tricks on human eyes. When you first encounter this mighty hole in the ground, you may not successfully comprehend the distances involved as the panorama can resemble a one dimensional picture. Combat this by standing on the rim edge, fixing your eyes on a particular point. Begin to sway from one foot to the other until your brain eventually starts to make out the differences between near and far.
1.Take a mule into the Canyon
Though a pricy option, a mule ride down the canyon with an overnight stay in Phantom Ranch located at the bottom near the Colorado River followed by the steep climb the next day is the ultimate experience. Grand Canyon Mule Rides happen to offer this opportunity and a discount if you travel in two.
2.Hike rim to rim
Whilst descending to the bottom of the canyon is without a doubt one of life’s greatest achievements, this hike makes serious demands on those who attempt it, physically and otherwise. If, like most visitors on a Grand Canyon vacation, you aren’t prepared for overnight walks, don’t despair.
You’ll adore the Grand Canyon Rim trail . You may feel unchallenged by its relatively flat paved surface but hopefully it will win you over by its 40 miles of the most astonishing undisturbed views. There’s a free shuttle running alongside the path which you can hop on and off. Aim to walk this trail at dusk or dawn to catch the canyon in its most colourful attire.
3.Raft the Colorado River
In 1869 the very first expedition made on the river took two and a half months and cost the lives of 3 men and loss of one raft. Yet that didn’t seem to put adventure seeking travellers off. While there is no taming the Colorado River, a number of companies offer white water rafting trips lasting anything from 3 to 17 days, which you have to plan as much as a year in advance to secure a spot.
Western River Expeditions seem to come much better prepared than back in 1869 to ensure you’ll live to tell the tale of the world’s top rafting pilgrimage.
4.Step back in time with Grand Canyon Railway
Running from Williams Arizona in the south to Grand Canyon Village, the classically restored historic Grand Canyon Railway was originally built in 1901 to replace the arduous stage coach journey early visitors had to endure to visit the Grand Canyon. This rail journey may have lost its necessity with the arrival of roads, cars, and airplanes, but it is still a fabulously nostalgic way to travel through some awesome scenery with the Grand Canyon awaiting you at the end.