The essential guide to Arizona’s national parks; Rebecca Powers; NZ Herald News


USA – Grand Canyon National Park

As the USA’s National Park Service celebrates its centenary, we’re profiling the wilderness areas it manages.

Today: The national parks of Arizona . . .

Grand Canyon National Park

“It became an obsession. . . . I was determined to put it all to music.”
– Ferde Grofé, composer of ‘The Grand Canyon Suite’

The Colorado River gorge is notable for its depth (1.6km, on average), as well as its variegated colours. It’s regarded as one of the seven wonders of the natural world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The organisation describes it on its website as “the most spectacular gorge in the world”.

Its dramatic beauty draws visitors from around the world. In a 2005 tourism study, 17 percent of Grand Canyon visitors needed a passport to get to it.

Vistas here have moods.

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