Grand Canyon Visit: Fun Facts to Know

Grand Canyon Visit

Planning a Grand Canyon Visit? According to the National Park Service, more than five million people visit the Grand Canyon National Park each year. If you’re one of the millions of people who may be planning a visit soon, you’ll find these Grand Canyon fun facts very interesting.

Grand Canyon Visit Fun Facts

Demographics

The section of Colorado River that runs through the canyon spans for more than 277 miles. The canyon itself is approximately one mile deep and as much as 18 miles wide in some areas.

Visitors enjoy the views of the canyon from the North Rim, South Rim and West Rim. Our Grand Canyon Bus Tour to the South Rim takes guests right outside Williams, Arizona.

Trivia

  • More than 2,000 people live in the Grand Canyon year round
  • The canyon is home to more than 91 different mammals and 47 reptiles
  • 17 unique fish species live in the waters of the Grand Canyon
  • The Bright Angel Trail located inside the park is considered the second most dangerous hiking trail in the United States
  • A unique pink rattlesnake makes its home along the rock walls of the canyon
  • The actual air distance between the North and South Rims is a mere ten miles, yet it will take you more than five hours to drive the 220 miles of highway between the two.

Birth of the FAA

Out of tragedy, a new system was built. On June 30, 1956 a United Flight from Los Angeles to Chicago and a TWA airliner both requested permission to fly into the Grand Canyon’s airspace at about the same time. The two aircrafts subsequently crashed. To prevent similar incidents, the FAA was formed in 1958.

Skywalk

The Grand Canyon’s Skywalk was completed in March, 2007, and is the world’s highest man-made structure. Standing 2,300 feet tall, this glass-bottomed structure allows people to view a drop of more than 1,000 feet. The Skywalk itself is 65 feet wide, and extends some 70 feet from the canyon wall.

These are just a few fun facts about one of our most sought-after national treasures that will surely have you itching to go. For help with planning your adventure, please contact us.