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Grand Canyon (July 6, 2009)

Route toward Grand Canyon, visit of the park and its main viewpoints.

Grand Canyon - South Rim


We entered in the park from the east entrance. Scenic viewpoints line the road which leads to Grand Canyon Village, we made several stops to enjoy panoramas. The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River on the Colorado Plateau. The gorge is 450 kilometres long, ranges in width from 6 to 30 kilometres and reaches depths of almost two kilometres. To protect this exceptional site, American government established it as a National Park in 1919.

Desert View was our first stop, from there we could see the Colorado River what is not always the case. If you look carefully you can even see “Hance rapids”, one of the rapid among the hundred of rapids of the Colorado River. On the horizon we could see the pastels of the Painted Desert. The high contrast between Colorado Plateau and the precipice makes this site even huger as it is. Watchtower was built by Fred Harvey Company in the 30’s to host first tourists, and to offer them, from the top, a large view over the canyon. Today there is a gift shop inside.
Other viewpoints are all as impressive as the first one and offer different panoramas: Lipan Point, Moran Point and Grandview Point.

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Desert View.

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Lipan Point.

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Moran Point.

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Grandview Point.

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Sunset at Grand Canyon


After a stop at the visitor center we went out the park to book a helicopter tour for the following day morning. It was planned for 8 am. After that we went back inside the park to enjoy sunset, it’s such a wonderful moment to see the canyon taking different colors. The colors in the sky turned blue; yellow, orange and red as the sun declined on the horizon. The reflection of the colors in the canyon was stunning.

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