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Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane
"Set off from Grand Canyon National Park Airport on your morning or afternoon airplane tour of Grand Canyon landmarks. As you ride aboard a comfortable Vistaliner plane with panoramic windows listen to narration about the geologic forces that helped create the dramatic canyon and surrounding terrain and the various peoples who have lived there. Keep your camera ready as you fly over Zuni Point — one of the few lookouts on the South Ri a popular vista point on the South Rim and glimpse the gorgeous colors of the Painted Desert in the distance. See the remote North Rim including its highest viewpoint Point Imperial. Admire the Kaibab Plateau and dense greenery of the Kaibab National Forest before returning to Grand Canyon National Park Airport at the conclusion of your 40-minute aerial tour."""
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H1 Hummer Adventure from Phoenix
"There’s a reason that the U.S. Army outfits its fleets with Humvees: They’re bold they’re versatile and they’re badass. The M998 Humvee is military-grade only but the Hummer H1 is the closest a civilian can get. This off-road vehicle is perfect for the rough-and-tumble tourist who prefers an up close and personal experience. Mud dirt water rocks—it’s all the same for the Hummer H1. Coast along desert trails high above the ground
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Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix
"After being picked up by luxury van from the Phoenix metro area your first stop is the famous Red Rocks of Sedona. During the brief stop you can stretch your legs take photos of the Red Rocks while your guide will pick up your lunch at a Sedona restaurant to take as a picnic to the Grand Canyon. Continuing on your scenic drive though Oak Creek Canyon one of the USA's most scenic drives you'll experience dramatic elevation changes as you wind through 2000 vertical feet (600 meters) of red walled canyon before emerging into a ponderosa forest. Once at the Grand Canyon South Rim board a state-of-the-art helicopter for a 50-minute flight over the Grand Canyon. You’ll fly towards the eastern end of the canyon following the Colorado River
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Exploring Colossal Cave Mountain Park

When chatting with some of the ranch employees one day, they told us about "Colossal Cave", which they raved about. We learned that it was a short 20 - 30 minute drive away and decided to go see it one afternoon.

We learned that the cave is actually a part of "Colossal Cave Mountain Park" and encompasses many more things to do and see than just the cave itself. (The Park was placed on the "National Register of Historic Places" in 1934.) For an admission fee of $5 per car, or $1 per person if more than 6 people (same as 2008 fee), you will be given a map and information about activities which will keep you in the park for a day or perhaps several days.

One large part of the park is the La Posta Quemada Ranch which is a 130 year old working ranch where you will find museums, a research library, riding stables, a gift shop, restaurant, gardens, picnic area, restrooms and MORE. There is even an area to sluice for gemstones! The El Bosquecito & La Selvilla areas of the park offers camping and picnicing.

Because of my sometimes really rather non-adventurous family, we only spent time at the cave. The cave requires a separate admission fee of $13.00 for adults; $11 with military ID; kids 6 - 12 $6.50 each (2012 prices). Purchase the tickets in the "Bat Pot Gift Shop." (There is also a snack bar.)

We had about a 45 minute tour of the cave which was fairly extensive saw lots of stalagmites and stalagtites including one called "Old Baldy" (because the constant rubbing of hands on it) and "The Cathedral". We learned about the cave's interesting history from our good guide who explained how the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) installed all the walkways and lightening inside the cave. Another interesting fact was how early visitors actually spent days exploring & camping down in the cave prior to these "modern" conveniences.

The park also offers special "Wild Cave" and "Off-route" tours on the weekend; stage coach and hayrides; and cowboy cookouts. I definitely think the park is worth a visit!

Park is open year round. Check website for special events, discounts, camping fees, etc.

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Aug 18, 2012

Some Adventure!

Colossal Cave is in the Colossal Cave Mountain Park which is believed to have been home to ancient Hohokam Indians. I believe it used to be something to see, but now there is little left of it, it looks more like someone stole much of what was to be there. Now there is still an attractive portion of the natural formations: the stalactites, stalagmites and the giant columns. It has almost 39 miles of cave, but I did not even do a mile. If you have the adventurous spirit, I believe there is much this Cave offers.Officially, Colossal Cave was discovered by Soloman Lick in 1879. While searching for stray cows on the vast ranch, he accidentally came upon its narrow opening. It is this entrance that has been enlarged within a modern setting that overlooks the panoramic views of La Posta Quemada Ranch into over 2,000 acres of the mountain park

Now many would perhaps be disappointed, epecially if you have visited places like the bat caves in New Mexico.

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Aug 13, 2012

La Posta Quemada Ranch

There is also an old ranch on the grounds of the park. The La Posta Quemada Ranch now has a museum, a gift shop, and a resaerch library with an impressive collection of books about the history, people and plants of the area.

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Apr 03, 2009

Other Formations

There are three other formations of note along the tour route. They are the sinkhole which is over 1500 feet deep; the altar which was used by members of the CCC when they wanted to get married; and the aptly named "Braincrusher" which hangs down in the middle of the walkway and is low enough for kids to bump their heads too, so watch out.

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The Living Room

The last room in the tour is called the Living Room. The first guy to fully explore the cave and open it for tourism stayed in this room quite a bit and would use it as a rest stop for his longer tours.

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Grotto of Lost Treasures

Then you will enter the Grotto of Lost Treasures. In this wide room they also have some artifacts from the Hohokam, early settlers in the area and the Civilian Conservation Corps a group that helped prepare the cave for tourism and further study.

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The Crystal Forest

The first room you see on the tour is the Crystal Forest Room. It shows some stalactites (growing from the ceiling) and stalagmites (growing from the ground) and some that have grown together forming columns.

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Apr 03, 2009

Take a Tour of the Cave

The tour of the cave costs $8.50 for adults and takes you through several rooms and shows you some different types of rock formations in the cave. Our guide was a younger guy named Adam who seemed pretty knowledgeable.

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Visitor's Center

You pay the entrance fee of $5 (as of 2009) at the entrance. Then you should drive up to the visitor's center where they will give you further information about the park and its attractions. This is also where you will pay the additional $8.50 for the cave tour itself.

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Mar 21, 2009

Colossal Cave

Colossal Cave
1900 - 1934
Colossal Cave became a popular place for adventure and exploration.
Here is gear like that used by explorers of the time. .

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Apr 04, 2004

Colossal Cave

Colossal Cave
1880 - 1900
Outlaws holed up in Colossal Cave more than once.
Newspaper accounts of the time report that posses found belongings like these in the cave. .

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Apr 04, 2004

Colossal Cave

Colossal Cave
900 - 1450 A.D.
Mortar's were sometimes used to powder colored clays for pigmants to paint their pottery, or sometimes they were used to grind herbs and hard coated seeds. .

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