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Grand Canyon National Park Themes

 
Grand Canyon rock formations turned pink and blue by the sunset.
INSPIRATION

The immense and colorful Grand Canyon is valued worldwide as one of the Earth’s most powerful and inspiring scenic landscapes, offering people enriching opportunities to explore and experience its wild beauty in both vast and intimate spaces.
 
At Ribbon Falls - A waterfall lands on mossy rocks in front of a cliff face.
WATER

Water is the lifeblood of Grand Canyon — a force of erosion, a sustainer of scarce riparian habitat in a desert environment, a spiritual element for native peoples, a provider of recreation, and a central factor in the exploration, development, and politics of the American West.
 
At Monument Creek - A single rock pillar centered on the Grand Canyon landscape.
GEOLOGY

The Colorado River and other erosional forces sculpted the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau to form the Grand Canyon, revealing a beautiful sequence of rock layers that serve as windows into time.
 
A prickly pear cactus with vibrant pink flowers in bloom.
BIOLOGY

Extreme changes in elevation, exposure, and climate in the Grand Canyon support a remarkable range of biotic communities in unusual proximity; a relatively undisturbed ecosystem that allows natural processes to continue, providing sanctuary for present and future life.
 
Visitors gather at the Grand Canyon's rim to admire the view.
PRESERVATION

Grand Canyon has sustained people materially and spiritually for thousands of years – wider recognition of its value led to its designation as a national park and world heritage site; however, continuing threats to its preservation generate dialogue about our need and responsibility to conserve our local and global environment.
 
Ancestral Puebloan rooms built into the cliff side overlooking the Colorado River

NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECTIONS

Grand Canyon remains a homeland and a sacred place to a number of American Indian cultures, a point of emergence for some, offering us an opportunity to consider the powerful and spiritual ties between people and place.

 
Banner image linking to ASU Nature, Culture and History at the Grand Canyon shows Grand Canyon scenic view with superimposed letters: ASU Nature, Culture and History at the Grand Canyon
The "Nature, Culture and History at Grand Canyon" website is the park's primary source of historical and cultural information, Click on the photo above to visit site.
 
Several photos of park rangers giving outdoor programs to park visitors.

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South Rim Village

South Rim Desert View

North Rim (May 15 through October 15)

Last updated: July 22, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

(928) 638-7888

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