A Family Affair: Vacationing in Grand Canyon National Park

Nearly five million people visit Grand Canyon National Park every year to view the spectacular scenery and participate in recreational opportunities suitable for the entire family. From hiking to rafting to train rides and more, here's our guide to planning an unforgettable family outing at the Grand Canyon.
By Teresa Bitler
  |  Gorp.com
Toroweap Point at the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Toroweap Point at the Grand Canyon, Arizona (iStpckphoto/Thinkstock)

Nothing quite compares to the Grand Canyon. One of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, it spans 277 miles across Northern Arizona, beginning at Lees Ferry to the east and ending at the Grand Wash Cliffs. Most of the Grand Canyon is located within the million-acre Grand Canyon National Park, which contains several major ecosystems and five life zones. That’s the equivalent of experiencing the flora and fauna from Mexico to Canada!

One thing you’ll never hear at the Grand Canyon is, “I’m bored.” The park has something for everyone, including outdoor adventures like hiking and rafting, wildlife, museums, ancient ruins, petroglyphs, and, of course, one amazing view. Read on to learn more about the park’s best attractions, family-friendly activities, programs, and lodging, plus safety tips and travel logistics.

Published: 16 Jul 2012 | Last Updated: 24 Oct 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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