by guest writer Niladri and Shameema of GeoBeetles.com
There are so many things to do in the Grand Canyon. Lucky to be living at a stone’s throw away from one of the seven natural wonders of the world, we’ve visited the Grand Canyon dozens of times. Bizarrely, we’ve felt the same insignificance standing face to face with this grand creation of nature. And even though we’ve been here during every season, it’s quite impossible to pinpoint any preference. This is because no matter when you see it, Grand Canyon will never fail to awe you with its breathtaking beauty. With so many sights and sounds of this region, like Colorado River Whitewater Rafting and visiting Skywalk & Eagle Point, you will always find something interesting to do. Let’s start with the top 5 things to do in the Grand Canyon.
Bird’s Eye View from Helicopter Ride
To see the full extent of the topography that Grand Canyon commands, you’ll have to take to the sky. Helicopter rides, although expensive, will give you the opportunity of a lifetime, and one that your family will hold near and dear for rest of their lives. The rugged beauty of the canyon walls, the snaking Colorado River flowing through it, and the tortured and misshapen sides of the ravine will convince you the power and might of Mother Nature’s forces. The chopper can land right in the middle of the canyon floor, so not only will you be looking down, you’ll be looking up to the massive walls all around you once you’re inside of it.
Ride to the Canyon Floor
If a helicopter ride isn’t your thing, how about getting to the canyon floor by riding something more down to earth. A mule ride will take a few hours, but will afford an excellent educational tour, bring you face to face with as many as five magnificent waterfalls, and let you stay overnight in a camp at the base of the canyon.
Another awesome activity is whitewater rafting through the Colorado River, surrounded by the jaw-dropping splendor of the majestic walls all around you. If you have younger kids, you’ll need to brave the cataracts in motor-powered rafts, but for older kids and the adults in the family, oar-powered rafts will do the job with a greater rush of adrenaline.
If you’re here over the summer braving the Arizona heat, consider yourself lucky. The Navajo troupe shows an electrifying Native American dance performance that matches in style and authenticity with traditional ones. For this, head over to the Hopi House, that should give you all the information you need about the schedules for the day.
To find out exactly who in the family is prone to acrophobia, drive up to the horseshoe-shaped glass-bottom sidewalk for some stomach-churning fun. There, you can walk around while being suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, a relatively new addition at the Grand Canyon National Park.
We’re fairly confident that you’ll never get to see Valles Marineris with your own eyes, the canyon system on Mars that holds the record of being the largest in the entire Solar System. Back on our own planet, however, we’re much more confident that the Grand Canyon won’t disappoint you either. Just keep in mind that while it will mesmerize your soul it will also inject a good dose of humility into it.
GeoBeetles is a family of five living in the gorgeous Grand Canyon State of Arizona. They have among them photographers, artists, and scientists, so are able to view the world from many different perspectives, seeking out rare and endangered wildlife, vanishing tribes, and far-flung natural wonders. Traveling with their children while working full-time, their goal is to visit every country on the planet. They consistently capture artful images on land, in water, as well as drone footage from the sky. Their travel stories can be found at http://www.GeoBeetles.com.