Placed in the northern part of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is considered as a natural wonder. It is also one of the most researched geologic landscapes in the world. This two seventy seven miles long and more than one mile deep gorge is mainly within the Grand Canyon National Park.
The Grand Canyon National Park has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The park area is mainly separated into two portions – the South Rim and the North Rim. The North Rim is a lot higher than South Rim, and therefore less accessible. It is over eight thousand feet. Walking at this elevation is strenuous and visitors with heart and respiratory problems may experience serious difficulties. Also heavy amount of snowfall makes it impossible to reach this part of the rim from late October to mid May. On the other hand the South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and includes Hermits Rest, Desert View, and Grand Canyon Village. The Lipan Point on the South Rim provides a breathtaking view of the canyon. Open throughout the year, the South Rim provides excellent lodging and camping facilities.
For many people, the wildlife in Grand Canyon National Park is equal to its magnificent view. The park is home to several endangered animal and plant species. Rock squirrels, elk and the mule deer are common along the South Rim. Bighorn sheep, badgers, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes are present in less numbers and pose considerable threat to visitors. But still one should take note of the fact that chances of getting bitten by a rock squirrel are much more than any other species. However, the beauty and diversity of the Grand Canyon is worth all risk. And this is the reason why almost five million people visit the park every year.