Grand Canyon National Park Pocket Guideby Bruce Grubbs
Put Grand Canyon National Park Pocket Guide in your pocket and explore one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This information-packed, fully portable book highlights the key things you’ll need to get the most out of your visit. Outdoor activities, flora and fauna, and history are detailed, as well as useful travel information to help you navigate
Put Grand Canyon National Park Pocket Guide in your pocket and explore one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This information-packed, fully portable book highlights the key things you’ll need to get the most out of your visit. Outdoor activities, flora and fauna, and history are detailed, as well as useful travel information to help you navigate areas in and outside the park. Find inside:• Two PopOut™ maps and eight detailed area maps• Detailed information on both the North and South Rims• Outdoor activities including hiking and camping, as well as making your way into the Canyon by mule• Activities just for families and additional resources to the area
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Imagine that it is the year 1540. You are a Spanish conquistador, riding your horse through the pinyon pines-juniper woodland across a high plateau in what is now northwestern Arizona. You've ridden some 4,000 miles through inhospitable desert, through stunning heat while wearing heavy armor, and your party has been constantly worried about finding water and forage. If anything, the high plateau you're now traversing is even drier than the lower desert behind you. Now, your native guide is urgently trying to convince you and your party that there is some insurmountable barrier ahead. But no mountain range looms above the flat horizon and so you only half-listen to his words as you guide your weary animal around the small trees, thinking of camp and dinner in a couple of hours. You may not even notice as light begins to appear through the trees. Without warning you are on the edge of the world. An incomprehensible space opens out in front of you. You stand on the edge of a cliff that drops vertically hundreds of feet, and below that there are steeply sloping terraces and more cliffs, one after the other, falling away into the void. You can see glimpses of a stream far below but cannot tell it's size. Beyond the stream the land rises again in terraces and cliffs to an opposing rim. Gradually you realize you are looking at a canyon, an extremely steep-walled valley between two rims. But it is not a single canyon. Instead, there are side canyons, and side canyons of side canyons, all combining to weave the landscape into a complex maze. Ridges and isolated mountains divide the side canyons, some sharp crested and bound by vertical cliffs, others more gently carved out of slopes. It is a raw landscape, with little vegetation to cloak the bare earth and rock. Above all, there is silence. The slight creaks of harness, the occasional stamp of a tired hoof, your men's stunned, quiet murmurings, and even the random bird calls are lost in the all-pervading silence that fills the vast space before you. Modern visitors usually react with the same shock on the first sight of the Grand Canyon. But many of their questions are probably the same. How was the Grand Canyon formed? What can we do here? And where can I find something to eat and a place to stay? This guide attempts to answer those questions and more. It is an introduction to Grand Canyon National Park in a unique, concise format that is intended to help you discover Grand Canyon for yourself.
Meet the Author
Bruce Grubbs is an avid camper, backpacker, hiker, mountain biker, and cross-country skier who has been exploring the American desert for over thirty years. A professional outdoor writer and photographer, he has written nine previous FalconGuides. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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