I lived in Arizona half of my life, but we lived a long ways from the Grand Canyon. When I was a little girl I always wanted to visit there. It was just unobtainable for our family to make the drive and stay on site to visit it. Are you doing a study about Arizona or National Parks? Maybe you have also wanted to visit the Grand Canyon but are unable to. Enjoy these free resources for discovering Grand Canyon National Park.
Since I always wanted to see the Grand Canyon it was on my bucket list to see it before I moved back to Florida where my husband was from. So, I made sure to take my own small family, before we left the state. I knew I wanted to see it for myself and get to experience it with my own immediate family.
We planned the trip for a year. We took a five hour long drive, camped overnight, then took a train straight to the Grand Canyon. When we finally arrived it was about to storm. This meant that the entire canyon was covered in a thick cloud of fog.
Yes, you read that right. the entire vast Grand Canyon was full of fog! You could barely see your hand in front of your face. When I stepped out to the edge of the Canyon, I could have cried. Actually, I did cry a little. Then it started to rain, a torrential down pour actually.
We got soaked and ended up hiding in a restaurant and drowning our sorrows in ice cream sundaes. Once the rain let it up, the beautiful Arizona sun shone through, and the fog lifted at sunset. We were finally able to see the canyon I had dreams of since I was a child. It was so breathtaking and almost surreal.
Grand Canyon Facts:
- The Grand Canyon is located in the American Southwest in the state of Arizona.
- It became a National Park in 1919. It took almost 20 years to become a national park because the land miners were afraid it would restrict their access.
- The Grand Canyon is a chasm that is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide. That is huge!
- Geography location: Below Yavapai point is 2,400 feet above sea level. It is 4,500 feet below the South Rim and 5,400 feet below the North Rim, for an average depth of about one mile.
- It hosts 277 miles of the Colorado River.
- There is a remote community of Indians that lives inside the canyon. The Havasupai Indian Reservation. It is the most remote town in the United States. It is also the only town that still has its mail delivered by pack mules.
FREE Resources for discovering Grand Canyon National Park:
Virtual Field Trips and Articles about Grand Canyon National Park:
Grand Canyon In Depth is a video podcast series from NPS that explores the history of the park. You will join park rangers, scientists, and historians as they discover the diversity of life and the extraordinary beauty of Grand Canyon National Park. There are 8 videos in all that make you feel like you are really visiting.
Read about the pack mules that deliver mail into the Grand Canyon in this article – Special Delivery: Mail by Mule
The Wildlife of Grand Canyon National Park – learn about the animals that habitat the park, and their importance to the ecosystem.
FREE Notebooking units with the Grand Canyon, and Arizona Resources:
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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