Fun Fact 2 The Grand Canyon is etched into the landscape of Arizona by
the Colorado River in the United States of America.
Fun Fact 3: The Grand Canyon is huge, it is not the largest canyon in
the world but even so it still measures approximately 446 kilometers
long! (277 miles). At the widest point, the Canyon measures up to 29
kilometers (18 miles).
Fun Fact 4: The Grand Canyon is very deep, its depth measures up to
approximately 1,800 meters which is more than one mile!
Fun Fact 5: We do not know exactly when the Grand Canyon was formed,
however, some geologists estimate that the beginning of its formation
commenced around 17 million years ago. Some say it began many years
Fun Fact 6: The Grand Canyon developed when the Colorado River naturally
formed its pathway through the landscape of Arizona. Over many years,
the river began channelling its way through layers of rock and
consistent erosion has formed the canyon that we know today.
Fun Fact 7: Many Native Americans have settled in the area of the Grand
Canyon. They have built their homes within its many caves which have
naturally developed over the years. It is thought that human beings have
inhabited the area for nearly 12,000 years.
Fun Fact 8: This natural wonder of the world is a truly spectacular
sight. It may not be the biggest of canyons but its beauty is majestic.
The glow of the sun draws out the fabulous red, orange and yellow colors
of the Grand Canyon making it totally awe-inspiring.
Fun Fact 9: Tourists from all over the world visit the Grand Canyon
every year. There are many different types of excursions available
including helicopter rides which take tourists through the Canyon down
to the Colorado River. This particular wonder of the world is a massive
tourist attraction which can be visited from resorts such as Las Vegas.
Fun Fact 10: It's difficult to imagine the scale of the Grand Canyon; it
stretches from the Arizona/Utah border at Lee's Ferry to the Grand Wash
Cliffs which are situated near to Las Vegas.
Fun Fact 11: It is thought that Garcia Lopez de Cardenas was the first
European to visit the Grand Canyon in 1540.
Fun Fact 12: Throughout history, many people have tried to find a way
across the Grand Canyon including Spanish Soldiers during the 18th
Fun Fact 13: The Grand Canyon is a protected area. In 1908, during the
presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, it came under US federal protection
and became one of the eighteen National Monuments. A few years later it
became a National Park.
Fun Fact 14: The Grand Canyon is home to various plant life and fauna.
It is also home to different species of animal. The rattlesnake and
Californian Condor are popular inhabitants of the canyon.
Fun Fact 15: An American explorer called John Wesley Powell tried to
describe the beauty of this natural wonder when he wrote, 'The glories
and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon -
forms unrivalled even by the mountains, colors that view with sunsets,
and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop,
from cataract [waterfall] to bubbling fountain.'