PROGRAM:GRAND CANYON

GRAND CANYON AND ARIZONA

The Grand Canyon is an incredible demonstration of nature. Your students will be amazed as they see first-hand this breathtaking natural wonder. Other highlights of this Grand Canyon and Arizona Students on Tour Education Program include craters, Hoover Dam, Indian dwellings, Jeep rides, and more.

Almost all Students on Tour Education Programs to the Grand Canyon and Arizona will typically include:

  • Ghost Town visit

  • Hoover Dam

  • Grand Canyon Caverns

  • Meteor Crater

  • Lowell Observatory

  • South Rim Grand Canyon

  • Sedona - Pink Jeep Tours

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

CLIMATE

At elevations of about 7,000 feet above sea level, the Grand Canyon's South Rim usually has snow in the winter and cool nights, even in summer. At the bottom of the canyon, along the Colorado River, there is a distinctly different climate. At an elevation almost a mile lower than the South Rim, the temperatures at the canyon bottom can reach 120° F. The North Rim is 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim and can receive snow throughout most of the year.

Summer temperatures on the South Rim are relatively pleasant - around 55° - 80° F.  Winter conditions at the South Rim can be extreme: expect snow, icy roads and trails, and possible road closures.  Spring and fall on both rims, weather is quite unpredictable, so visitors should be prepared for sudden changes in the weather and a variety of climates.

GEOGRAPHY

 

The Grand Canyon is an awesome display of nature.  Carved through layers of limestone, sandstone, shale, schist, and granite, this great chasm stretches 277 miles through the Colorado Plateau. It descends over a mile into the earth and extends as much as 18 miles in width. The Canyon holds within its walls mountains that are taller than anything east of the Mississippi River.

Grand Canyon National Park encompasses both Marble Canyon and Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is also a place to find and explore the wonders of nature.

ESSENTIALS

  • Spotting the Colorado River winding along at the bottom of the Grand Canyon - it looks so small!
     

  • Hiking along the South Rim - taking in the spectacular views.
     

  • The Pink Jeep Tour - Fun!

Get Prepared

WATCH

Over The Grand Canyon from Aerial Filmworks for beautiful views of the Grand Canyon. 

READ

Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon by Edward Dolnick, Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 17, 2002)

LISTEN

Practice being quiet and listening - the Grand Canyon can be a very quiet place.

EAT

Trail Mix

DRINK

A lot of water!

IN A WORD:

Powerful!

SURPRISES

  • It is one mile from the South Rim to the bottom of the canyon!
     

  • The Colorado River looks like a tiny stream - its average width is 300 feet wide.

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