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The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

Longstanding scientific consensus has been that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a six million year period. The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km) (6000 feet). Nearly two billion years of the Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. The "canyon began in the west, followed by another that formed in the east. Eventually, the two broke through and met as a single majestic rent in the earth some six million years ago. [...] The merger apparently occurred where the river today bends to the west, in the area known as the Kaibab Arch."

Before European immigration, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon ("Ongtupqa" in Hopi language) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it. The first European known to have viewed the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain, who arrived in 1540.

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Quick Tip by . April 20, 2011
The Grand Canyon is one of those places that should be on everyone's "must-see" list. Why? Because unlike buildings and monuments, the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder.
review by . February 15, 2010
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Oh My God, what more can I say about this wonder of the world? Yes, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, if not the most wonderful of all!       Accolades throughout the ages; its size, its beauty, its magnificence, its eternity & it's to me a miracle! A miracle because only in this age, time & technology that we are able to experience it fully. Think of the airplane, the photographic equipment & the internet... only now can we all share in this miracle in a way no …
review by . August 20, 2009
I'd been planning to hit up the Grand Canyon for ages and finally had the excuse a couple of years back when I drove our car from Texas to California. While I was only able to justify an overnight stay (try explaining $200/night hotels to your spouse for a roadtrip they're not on), it was a great primer for some future visit where I'll stretch the experience into a few days. Needless the say, the Grand Canyon isn't "just a canyon", contrary to an overhead review from a iPod-ready …
Quick Tip by . March 24, 2010
It's been claimed as the place where one sees God. It's also where I hope my resting place shall one day be!
Quick Tip by . January 11, 2010
This is the place where one sees God & where I hope my final resting place would be. GC is eternal & most beautiful place on planet Earth!
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