Grand Canyon North Rim
Happy Birthday to Grand Canyon National Park
By Dixie Brunner and Mark Havnes
One of the greatest attractions in the world turns 100 years old this year. It was on Feb 26, 1919, when the Grand Canyon was designated a national park, becoming one of the great attractions for those seeking awe-inspiring vistas, remote adventures or spiritual solace.
Located in northwest Arizona just south of the Utah state line, the world’s largest gorge has a North Rim and South Rim separated by the Colorado River that helped carve its wonders of canyons, cliffs and grottos.
“We are excited to share this milestone celebration with the millions of people who love, care for, and visit the Grand Canyon each year,” said Christine Lehnertz, Park Superintendent. “The Centennial is a time for reflection on the past and inspiration for the future. We honor those who have called Grand Canyon home for thousands of years while building toward a future that is inclusive and reflective of our nation.”
The Centennial celebration will offer events throughout the year including star parties, parades, living history exhibits, heritage days honoring American Indians, wildlife days and lectures. For a complete list of events visit: nps.gov/grca/get involved/2019-centennial-events.htm
The Grand Canyon is on everyone’s bucket list! How do you describe one of the seven wonders of the world? The Canyon’s matchless beauty and grandeur go far beyond the human ability to describe.
The best-kept secret of the Grand Canyon adventure is to experience it at the North Rim! It’s a visitor’s dream come true, with incredible views, improved hiking trails and great facilities. The North Rim’s popularity is growing, but the opportunities to take in a quiet hike or a scenic vista alone are still there. When approaching the northern canyon access, you travel through the scenic Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway, driving through the gentle green forests, which rise dramatically to 9,000 feet.
The Kaibab, which the Paiute Indians called “the mountain lying down,” changes from life zones of the Sonoran desert zone at one extreme, to the frosty climate of the sub-alpine zone nearer the canyon.
Campgrounds and lodges are available at the park, but those things can wait – the Canyon is beckoning! At the first overlook you are rendered breathless with the panoramic view. The rugged, restless collection of colors and canyons, buttes and mesas, as well as wildlife and vegetation, stimulate emotions.
The Canyon offers a multitude of moods, appearing different with every passing minute of every single day. Those catching a sunset or sunrise are in for an inspiring sight.
With plenty of time and access to meditate on its awesome beauty, one leaves the Canyon feeling more bonded and in tune with the natural wonder. Treat yourself and Stay Parked Here at the Grand Canyon North Rim!