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Grand Canyon National Park: Facts and Figures

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Enjoy some trivia about the Grand Canyon, one of the biggest and most interesting examples of erosion in the world!

  1. Grand Canyon National Park covers 1,904 square miles (4,931 square kilometers) and includes an extensive system of tributary canyons.
  2. The highest points at the Grand Canyon are found at Point Imperial on the North Rim, which is 8,803 feet high, and Navajo Point on the South Rim, which is 7,498 feet high. Compare this to the elevation of the lowest point at Phantom Ranch on the bottom of the canyon floor, which is 2,400 feet high.
  3. The Grand Canyon averages 10 miles in width. Its narrowest point is in Marble Canyon, where it is 600 feet wide. Its maximum width of 18 miles is found at several different points.
  4. The greatest depths of the Grand Canyon extend just over 1 mile beneath its rim.
  5. The volume of the Grand Canyon is estimated to be 5.45 trillion cubic yards.
  6. The total length of the Colorado River is 1,450 miles. Within the Grand Canyon, it measures 277 miles from Lees Ferry in the east to Grand Wash Cliffs, near Lake Mead in Nevada.
  7. Speaking of the Colorado River, its average width in the Grand Canyon is 300 feet. It's narrowest width is 76 feet. The river’s average depth is 40 feet, while its greatest depth is a harrowing 85 feet!
  8. There are 373 species of birds, 91 species of mammals, 57 species of reptiles and amphibians, 17 species of fish (this number has dropped quite a bit in the last decade!) and more than 1,700 species of plants located in Grand Canyon National Park.
  9. There are also 8,480 known species of invertebrates (i.e., critters that don’t have an internal skeleton) at the Grand Canyon.
  10. Grand Canyon National Park has recorded more than 4,800 archeological sites, and it has only surveyed 3 percent of the park’s total area!
  11. There are nine buildings at Grand Canyon National Park that are listed as National Historic Landmarks. Grand Canyon Village, which consists of 257 properties, is also listed as a National Historic Landmark District.
  12. More than 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon annually. Recent statistics show visitors roll into the park in 1.5 million cars and 30,000 tour buses. Also, 238,380 of them come by the Grand Canyon Railway and nearly 750,000 more arrive via small planes and helicopters.
  13. Back in the 1920s, the average visitor would stay at the Grand Canyon for two to three weeks. Today, the average person spends about three to four hours at the Grand Canyon, often shortening their transit time and enhancing their views by taking a Grand Canyon Landing Tour!
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