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Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion
"Journey through beautiful countryside on your way to the magnificent Grand Canyon named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World by CNN. Take in the awesome views and have a bite to eat on the train. Sit back as the crew members share engaging commentary about the train it's history and many journeys. The ride takes you across open countryside with mountain views before reaching the Grand Canyon by noon.Upon arrival you'll have free time to explore before your guide meets you for your Grand Canyon rim tour. After the tour enjoy drop-off back at your Flagstaff hotel. """"Take a step back in time as you travel on the historic Grand Canyon Railroad. Each car of this Arizona railroad which made it's maiden voyage in 1901
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"25-minute Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from Tusayan
"25-minute Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from Tusayan Arizona""You will depart from Tusayan Arizona located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on the safest and most comfortable tourism-based helicopter in the world. On your 25-minute helicopter flight enjoy the luxurious comfort and wraparound windows which offers breathtaking views of the Canyon. You will first fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6500 km²) Kaibab National Forest which borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab National Forest is home to the world’s largest ponderosa pines. Fly north through the Dragon Corridor
From $225.00
 
"45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan
"45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan Arizona ""You will depart Tusayan Arizona located in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on the safest and most comfortable-tourism based helicopter in the world. On your 45-minute helicopter flight enjoy the luxurious comfort and wraparound windows which offer breathtaking views of the Canyon. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Canyon as you fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6500 km²) Kaibab National Forest which borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab National Forest is home to the world’s largest ponderosa pines. Upon reaching the edge of the canyon
From $256.00

Colorado River Tips (6)

Reaching the bottom

Favorite thing At the bottom of the Grand Canyon, there are two suspension bridges which cross over the Colorado River and lead to Phantom Ranch and the Bright Angel Campground. The bridges are quite sturdy, and those who fear heights needn't worry about either one collapsing. But, then again, those with an extreme fear of heights may want to avoid the Grand Canyon entirely.

Fondest memory Reaching the suspension bridge over the Colorado river. This was the dream moment. Actually, this was the dream for the two of us when we'd planned to take this trip together. But long before November, 2003, we'd parted ways. I took the trip alone. Well, with Jim and Dan. But, in many, many ways, I was alone.

Crossing the suspension bridge and standing on the bottom of the Canyon was a bittersweet moment. I wanted to see this through and I did, but it brought me back to what was missing from my life. A dream that had ended long before this one had been realized. After a moment of teary-eyed silence, I realized that this was it. The months that followed our parting were filled with reminders of things we'd planned to do together. Hiking the Grand Canyon was the last of those plans. Everything else had long since passed.

Reaching the bottom was a turning point as well as an accomplishment. My dream was completed and I could now move forward and start to create other dreams. It was finally time to put this one to rest and begin to dream of other things.

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goingsolo
Nov 16, 2004

The modern pony express

Favorite thing The Grand Canyon is the only place in the US where mail is transported by mule. On the morning of our second day, we headed over to Phantom Ranch where Jim suggested that I mail a postcard to my address back home. It was pretty cool to come back home after the trip and have a postcard waiting for me bearing the stamp "Mailed from the bottom of the Grand Canyon."

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goingsolo
Jul 14, 2004

View from the Rim

Favorite thing The single best things to do would be to take a hike into the canyon or float down the river, camping along the banks.

Fondest memory It could be when a sleepy bat decided to roost in my hiking partner's hair near Phantom Ranch; or seeing desert sheep in areas along the river that you would think nothing could ever get to for the sheerness of the cliffs around; or seeing the face of new rafting companions as the raft blasts over 20 foot waves in Granite Rapids; or it might be the bodyfloating done in the muddy waters of the Little Colorado; maybe the turqouise waters of Havasu Creek; the anticipatory scouting of Lava Falls; the final night thunderstorm at Separation Creek; the setting drama of the granaries at Nanoweap; the unbelieveable beauty of the canyon walls in the Marble Canyon section; the wonder of the Tapeats Creek and the emergence of the Thunder River from the canyon walls; the simplicity of the campsites along the river bank.

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mtncorg
Apr 29, 2003

Colorado River

Favorite thing Overlooking into Grand Canyon rim, it is an incredible sight to the blue color of Colorado River snaking its way and continuing to cut downwards the bottom of the Grand Canyon lowest valley.

How incredible that a river can cut through all the layers of rock and sandstone to create this huge open canyon is sometimes beyond comprehension and belief.

Colorado river is 1,450 miles (2,333 km) long from the Rockies of Colorado to the Gulf of California in Mexico. Long live Colorado river.

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SLLiew
Oct 20, 2006
 
 
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Colorado River

Favorite thing * About 6 million years ago, the young Colorado River began to slice into the upper layers of the canyon. Gouging inch by inch over centuries, the river reached the schist 4000 feet below the rim & continued to cut. Wind & water simultaneously wear away & widening as well as deepening the canyon's floor & walls.

So, that's it. Amazing how time & natural forces carved out the most beautiful landscape on earth, isn't it?

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Sharrie
Feb 06, 2003

Sitting by the river

Fondest memory Weather has been amazing today. A little humid, according to Jim, but then again he thinks of 30% humidity as damp. Go figure. But for now its sunny and comfortable. The clouds are rolling in and there's a good chance of rain tonight and tomorrow. Hiking out in the rain tomorrow won't be pleasant, but there's little that we can do about that.

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Jun 28, 2004

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"Grandest of Canyons"
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"Getting to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon"
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"GRAND CANYON IS A LOT OF THINGSTO A LOT OF PEOPLE"
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"A Walk Through Time"
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Lookout Studio

Built in 1914 and designed by Mary Colter, this building was designed to look like a pueblo Indian dwelling. Made of limestone the same as the upper Grand Canyon walls, this building blends into it's...
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Bright Angel Trail

You will find dozens of tips already written on the Bright Angel Trail, just here on Virtualtourist. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the assorted hiking guides to the region you will...
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Kolb Studio

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Mather Point

Mather Point is one of the popular destinations in the South Rim area of the Grand Canyon. It is extremely crowded, and you may have to wait a while to get to the location you want to get to in order...
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South Rim

We went on a short trip to Vegas for our 1st wedding anniversary and took a side trip to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. We had intended to spend 2 night here as it was such a long drive to get the...
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Hopi Point

The houses of the Hopi shelter, storage and work and ceremonial practices. The stone and mortar is coated with plaster and painted with whitewash. The clay is used to connect the strusture elements....
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