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Grand Canyon's extreme elevation changes and dramatic topography produce a range of climates, creating homes for a surprisingly rich diversity of living things. These organisms' interactions with and adaptations to this rugged environment define Grand Canyon's ecology.
Trail descriptions (written in red) help you find where different plants first start to appear. You will not only identify common plants, but also learn interesting facts about each. Includes plant checklist.
Civilian Conservation Corps Walking Tour
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During the 1930's severe economic depression challenged the confidence of the people of the United States. One in four people was unemployed. Many were homeless. The Civilian Conservation Corps was created in 1933 to put young men to work on worthwhile projects. At Grand Canyon the CCC built roads, trails, walls, shelters and much of the infrastructure that still is in use today.
The walking tour travels a circular route in the Historic District of Grand Canyon Village of approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km), although you can begin at any point and walk as much of the loop as you wish.
From ancient nomadic hunters to today's visitors, human experience has shaped Desert View's cultural landscape.
A short ¼-mile (½-km) walk leads from the parking area, past historic buildings, to the rim. From Desert View Point you can see the Colorado River make a big bend to the west. Climb the stairs to the top of the watchtower for outstanding views of the canyon.
Welcome to Tusayan Pueblo Ruin at Desert View. (South Rim) People have lived on the Colorado Plateau for thousands of years. The Paleo-Indians, nomadic hunter/gatherers who lived here 5,000-10,000 years ago, left the earliest evidence. With the introduction of agriculture about 2000 years ago, villages (pueblos) like this one developed.
This trail guide is used by Colorado River boating parties during visits to Unkar Delta, once the home of prehistoric peoples. The trail is a 0.8 mile loop, over alluvial terraces and drainages. Allow approximately forty-five minutes, round-trip. This trail system permits visitation while protecting the fragile desert environment and prehistoric remains.
Arrival at Bright Angel Point by the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim places you on the edge of a vastness of scenery, time, and opportunity. The view confirms the tremendous uplift that has occurred, leaving the canyon's North Rim 1,000 feet/300 meters higher than the South Rim. Walk slowly and pace yourself; Bright Angel Point is 8,148 feet/2,484 meters above sea level (5,780 feet/1,762 meters above the Colorado River)
The Widforss Trail starting from the North Rim Village, follows the canyon rim for approximately 2 1/2 miles/ 4 kilometers then heads into the forest to emerge at Widforss Point - a distance of 5 miles/ 8 kilometers one way (10 miles/ 16 kilometers round trip). The entire round trip takes most people 4 to 5 hours. There are no restrooms or drinking water along the trail.
Nine hundred years ago, people were living on the North Rim at Walhalla Glades. The site was a summer home for families for over 100 years. Walhalla Plateau is "peninsula" surrounded on three sides by the
Grand Canyon. The elevation in this area is a bit lower than most of the North Rim of Grand Canyon, and updrafts of warm air from the inner canyon allow the winter snows to melt early, making Walhalla a favorable place for ancestral people to farm.