One part of traveling that is really interesting is adventures. Traveling experiences that involve what beauty nature has to offer provide a unique feel. The Grand Canyon is one of those areas that are on many people’s bucket lists. It is a really significant natural landscape in the United States with many things to offer and visited by many people for that.
However, there are so many people who do not know much about the Grand Canyon. Although many people would like to visit it, knowing as much as possible about its facts, the depth among other things would shine some light on what to expect among other things.
10 Grand Canyon Depth
The Grand Canyon is 1mile deep. This makes it really deeper than many people may think. It is also 277 miles in length and 18 miles in width. With this size, the canyon covers a total area of 1,904 square miles. The best way to understand this sheer size is to compare it with other places such as Rhode Island which is just 1,212 square miles.
9 It Can Influence Weather
Yes, many people think that only forests and mountains can influence the weather, but the Grand Canyon has a great effect on the weather as well. The sheer size of the grand canyon makes it possible for it to experience a lot of changes in weather conditions. Having an elevation of up to 8,000feet, the temperature can change and increase by up to 5.5 degrees or decrease. The clouds forming over the canyon can also change the environment and weather.
8 Is A Gateway To Afterlife For The Hopi Tribe
One of the tribes that has so much love and respect for the grand canyon is the Hopi Tribe. As a result, they consider the place to be spiritual. The people of the Hopi Tribe consider the canyon a gateway to their afterlife. The tribe believes that when people die, they pass through a place upstream of Little Colorado and the Colorado rivers confluence to the afterlife.
7 It Has More Than 1,000 Caves
The grand canyon has so many strange things to discover and one of them is the caves. It is known to have over 1,000 caves. However, only 335 caves have been recorded. With the caves having mysterious conditions and high risks since many are found high up in the valleys, the public is allowed to visit just one cave.
6 The Grand Canyon Has A Town
The grand canyon has a town and a population that many people do not talk about. When many people think of the canyon they think of it as an empty place with no people at all. However, what many people do not understand is that there are people who live in this area and live in a village called Supai. Supai village is in the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Although the roads to the village are inaccessible, it has a population of around 208 people. In this village, the mail is still delivered using pack mules.
5 Not The Deepest Canyon In The World
Although the grand canyon is the most popular canyon in Arizona and many people know about it in the United States, it is not the deepest in the world. One thing for sure is that it is the grandest. Studies have shown that the deepest canyon in the world is the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon in Tibet measuring 17,490 feet deep, while Peru’s Cotahuasi Canyon which goes down to 11,000 feet.
4 The Park Has Pink Snakes
The Grand Canyon national park is known to have so many strange things and that is what makes it attractive. However, some of these things can be dangerous. One such thing is snakes. The park has so many types of snakes having six different rattlesnake species. The most unusual type of snake is the pink snake species. It is known that most of the snakes are found around rocks as they look for lizards to hunt. The pink snake species of rattlesnake is not found anywhere else in the world.
3 8000 Species Of Animals And Plants In The Canyon
One may be mistaken to think that the grand canyon is a dry land without life. The canyon has a human population of about 208 people in the Sipai village. Additionally, the canyon is home to 18 species of fish, 373 bird species, 91 mammals, and 58 species of reptiles. There are also many endangered species that inhabit the canyon. Some of them include the southwestern willow flycatcher, the humpback chub, Kanab amber snail, and the razorback sucker. There are also 1,747 plant species.
2 More Than 5 Million Visitors Per Year
The Grand Canyon National Park is the most visited national park in the whole of the United States. The canyon is very popular for it receives more than 5millions tourists every year. These are people that come from different parts of the country to visit and experience various things in the canyon.
1 Rock Squirrel Is The Most Dangerous Animal
This is a very interesting and funny fact to learn about the grand canyon. It is a place with very many species of animals including snakes. However, research has shown that the rock squirrel ranks as the most dangerous animal and causes more problems than the rest of the animals. This is because every year, there are dozens of guests that report being bitten by the squirrels. As a result, people are warned a lot about the animals.