You’ve seen it in the movies, and maybe that makes you think you will not be so surprised to see it in reality, but when you’ll be facing Grand Canyon for the first time, you will be speechless. Even if you’re familiar with it from the famous Hollywood productions, you will understand its greatness only being there, and you can measure it with your own eyes. As the life beats the movie, the Grand Canyon panorama beats any photo, be it taken by the most professional photographer, with the best photo equipment in the world. No images can show the impressive dimensions of the plateau, eroded millions and millions of years, by the Colorado River.
Being located in the North of Arizona state and just two and a half hours from Las Vegas, I obviously included it in the 10-day trip on the West Coast of the United States, and dedicated it to a whole day, to which I added a stop at the famous Hoover Dam, about which I will write, soon. In my flight to Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to see a portion of the Canyon, from the plane, a portion which I had immortalized in some photos. This was my first contact with the Grand Canyon, and even though there was a distance of about 8 kilometers between us, I’m glad I saw it from above, which helped me better outline the idea of how big it can be.
I know it’s difficult to figure out from the images, so I’ll give you some numbers to get a better understanding. The Grand Canyon is 446 km in length, a maximum width of 29 km, its deepest section reaching 1.8 km. It is made up of North Rim and South Rim, the first one being taller with about 300. More specifically, the North Rim reaches up to 2400 meters, while the southern one 2100. Due to the more severe weather conditions in the cold season, the northern part of the National Park is only open from 15 May to 15 October, while the southern part is open all year long for visitors eager to explore.
The Grand Canyon is certainly one of the most spectacular places on the planet, a place where geological processes have made a unique combination of sizes, colors and structures, a place where you have to go at least once in your life. Until then, you can enjoy the pictures I captured two years ago when I visited a glimpse of the south, and I hiked several tens of meters from the Bright Angel Trail.