Ever since John Wesley Powell emerged unscathed after braving the raging whitewaters of the Colorado River in 1869, the Grand Canyon has been known all around the planet as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Today, it is still the most overexposed symbol of the American landscape.
According to one statistics, an estimated five million people come here every year just to gawk into the abyss. Just imagine how much rolls of films they consume with every visit. It’s probably not a stretch of the imagination to say that the rolls of films would be so numerous they’re enough to cover the Grand Canyon from bottom to rim.
A Grand Canyon tour is just what you need when you want to see this world-wonder. Now, you might ask why you would want to see the Grand Canyon when you’ve already seen it hundreds of times on TV ads, magazines, postcards, movies, and snapshots. Well, you just never know. No matter how jaded you may feel, a Grand Canyon tour is guaranteed to take your breath away, especially if this is your first time. It is just that grand and overwhelming.
For many visitors on a Grand Canyon tour, the view alone is enough to pay the price of admission. However, if you are the sort who likes adventure, then you shouldn’t stop at merely looking at the place. If you want a real Grand Canyon tour, then time for you to experience it firsthand.
There are many things to do on a Grand Canyon tour. Below are only some of them:
Rafting the Colorado River
Whitewater rafting is one of the most exciting activities in a Grand Canyon tour. The 4,000 foot deep gorge transforms itself into a 277 mile long fun ride on durable rubber rafts. You have a choice of plunging through the rapids or choose to relax, eating gourmet food and scanning the rock walls for glimpses of the famous bighorn sheep.
Mule rides down into the depths are one of the immensely popular attractions on a Grand Canyon tour. Early morning at the Phantom Ranch, wranglers at the corral south of Bright Angel Lodge teach pre-ride safety tips to visitors. The whole experience has its humorous moments – sometimes the mules are too skittish that they would occasionally back off of trails. But for the most part, they are cooperative and trudge along happily with the rest of your gang.
Another thrilling adventure available on a Grand Canyon tour is backpacking. Those who love the great outdoors are going to enjoy the wonderful sights of craggy cliffs and the feeling of warm dust under your feet. For much of the trip, the landscape is arid but just when you think there’s never going to be any water around, the Thunder falls of Muav Limestone greets you as it falls down 100 feet below.