Grand Canyon's North Rim

Jacob Lake, Arizona

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Grand. As in huge, as in great, as in stupendous. There is no word in our language that better describes the canyon than its very name. It was the noted English author J.B. Priestley who said of the Grand Canyon that “those who have not seen it will not believe any possible description. Those who have seen it know that it cannot be described.” Its worldwide fame is attested to by the staggering number of foreign visitors who make it a must-see on their visits to America. Just what is it that makes the Grand Canyon one of the most spectacular sights in all the world? Certainly size is one factor. It is 277 miles long and ranges from four to 21 miles wide. From the top of the rim to the canyon floor it is 5,700 feet on the north, and 4,500 feet on the south side. Imagine looking down a drop of a mile or more! Its colors are another factor. Every shade in the color spectrum seems to be represented, but the beautiful purple shading is probably the most impressive. Its geological significance is a final factor. In its uncountable layers are represented the natural history of the earth – a scientific treasure chest. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

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"Grand. As in huge, as in great, as in stupendous. There is no word in our language that better describes the canyon than its very name. It was the noted English author J.B. Priestley who said of the Grand Canyon that “those who have not seen it will not believe any possible description. Those who have seen it know that it cannot be described.” Its worldwide fame is attested to by the staggering number of foreign visitors who make it a must-see on their visits to America. Just what is it that makes the Grand Canyon one of the most spectacular sights in all the world? Certainly size is one factor.

It is 277 miles long and ranges from four to 21 miles wide. From the top of the rim to the canyon floor it is 5,700 feet on the north, and 4,500 feet on the south side. Imagine looking down a drop of a mile or more! Its colors are another factor. Every shade in the color spectrum seems to be represented, but the beautiful purple shading is probably the most impressive. Its geological significance is a final factor. In its uncountable layers are represented the natural history of the earth – a scientific treasure chest. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Jacob Lake
Season: Year-round, best April through November
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Canyon's North Rim

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May 2018