To stand up on the edge of this stupendous gorge, as it receives its
earliest greeting from the god of day, is to enjoy in a moment
compensation for long years of ordinary uneventful life. John
Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon slices deep into the Colorado Plateau, a land of colorful and rugged terrain forming one of the most unique scenic landscapes of the West. Nearly 277 miles long, ranging from less than a mile to more than 18 miles wide, and in places greater than a mile deep, the Grand Canyon is one of the worlds most impressive canyons.
The canyons walls reveal nearly two billion years of the Earths geologic history, from late Precambrian time through the Mesozoic Era. Discovered by Spanish explorers in 1540, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park in 1919.
G.K. Sprinkle leads hikes of the canyon from her homes in Austin, Texas and the Grand Canyon. For information from around the country as well as in Central Texas, G.K. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the Grand Canyon and Sierra Club activity in the Canyon and other places in Arizona and Texas from other sites of interest, including
Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. ... They flower
spontaneously out of the demands of our natures and the best of
lead us not only outward in space, but inward as well.
Lawrence Durrell, novelist
October is a comfortable time to see the Grand Canyon, because its usually not as hot as the summer months. After the summer monsoon season of July and August, the Canyon boasts clear days and cool nights. At the South Rim, temperatures will range from upper 30s in the evenings to low 70s in the day. Temperatures in the inner gorge range from the high 50s at night to the low 80s in the day 20 to 30 degrees cooler than summer temperatures. At the North rim the 30 degree lows and 60 degree highs have turned the Aspen yellow. This is the time to revel in exploring the many creeks along the inner Canyon trails. The narrow dark canyon of Phantom Creek and the Phantom Creek Wilderness area is cool and delightful in October. And the mineral caves beneath Ribbon Falls beckon hot hikers to sit under them.
Winter is the season of solitude and silence. Fewer tourists travel the South Rim and below the rim, even the larger campgrounds are quiet and still. Temperatures at the South Rim range from 18 degrees to 41 degrees. While in the Inner Canyon the temperatures can range from the high 30s into the 60s. When the sun shines in the Canyon, you can hike in your shirt sleeves.
In fact, every time has its own special beauty in the Canyon. So why not make this year the time to view this awesome wonder? Why not experience the special treats that each time of year brings hikers? Why not take a trip to the Grand Canyon following one of this routes?
Each of the trips described is on maintained or well-marked trails. Following these trips you will spend half of the time in beautiful, secluded areas near creeks. These trails will take you to some of the most dramatic views of the Canyon. You can expect to see Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and many birds such as Condors, Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Canyon Wrens.
Check out South Rim Trails Backpacking.
Check out TransCanyon Backpacking.
Brief Preview of Places to Hike Canyon TripsIf you have any questions about the Grand Canyon, want to talk about your dreams, or are looking for other ways to get information, just send your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address to gksprinkle (at) canyoncalls (dot) com.
Last updated November 27, 2003
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