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Grand Canyon Activities

The Grand Canyon provides ample trails for hikers of all skills and stamina. Casual hikers will probably want to stick to the shorter trails for easier ways to see the magnificent canyon. More adventurous hikers might consider taking a long excursion all the way to the bottom of the canyon from the South Rim. Regardless of which trail hikers select, all hikers should remember to bring plenty of water and food, especially on warm and hot days.

Mule rides provide another way to the bottom of the canyon. Taking a mule is a great way to see what the Grand Canyon has to offer without requiring the energy for hiking down and up. Travelers can choose between several different trip lengths. Some shorter mule trips reach impressive overlooks and other points of interest. Many longer tours go all the way to the bottom of the Canyon for an overnight stay at Phantom Ranch. Visitors interested in mule touring should be prepared to sit for long periods of time and travel along very narrow ledges and trails. Getting down and up the canyon on a mule requires traversing some steep areas.

Tourists who love the water can opt for a river tour to see the Grand Canyon up close. Typical tours last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Many tours take frequent hiking trips along the way. Tours may use any variety of raft types, including oared, paddled and motorized rafts. These trips are best suited for those with an active lifestyle as rafting can be physically challenging. Those who are up to the challenge will find an exciting activity with great views of the Grand Canyon.

The more casual visitors to the Grand Canyon can spend plenty of time just wandering the Visitor Centers, exploring historic buildings and observing the wildlife. Both the North and South Rim have their own Visitor Center with plenty of information about the geology and history of the Grand Canyon. The South Rim's famous Watchtower provides great views of the surrounding area. This structure was modeled after Pueblo architecture. Inside, visitors will find Native American art as they climb up the long staircase. Wildlife and bird aficionados will enjoy watching the endangered California condors that call the Grand Canyon home.