Grand Canyon Journals

The Grand Canyon

A February 2002 trip to Grand Canyon by Gwilym Owen

The Grand Canyon Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona More Photos
Quote: It is my heartfelt belief that mere words cannot adequately describe this monument to the passage of countless millennia, but as a mere mortal shall endeavour to try my utmost to do it justice…

The Grand Canyon

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Overview

The Grand Canyon Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Although you may have seen hundreds of pictures of the Grand Canyon, nothing will prepare you for when you see its awe inspiring majesty with your own eyes! The result of erosion that has taken five to six million years to occur, the canyon runs one vertical mile from top to bottom and is up to 18 miles wide. Its bottom contains rocks that are at least two billion years old. The force of nature that was responsible for carving this huge gash into the landscape is the great Colorado River - rising in the Rockies it runs through the canyon past Lake Mead, the largest artificial lake in the US, and the Hoover Dam, once the ...Read More

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Photo, Monument Valley, Arizona
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The magnificent red buttes and mesas of Monument Valley have been immortalized in countless Western movies since John Ford first shot ‘Stagecoach’ here in 1938, in such a way that they have become an instantly recognized icon of international cinematography. Perhaps the film that best sums up the freedom and wide open spaces of this place is Ridley Scott’s ‘Thelma & Louise’... You can see the vast sweep of this stunning valley from the comfort of your vehicle as you drive by the towering formations, this is a perfectly good way to view Monument Valley if time is pressing, especially if shortly before a sunset which here is truly a wonder to behold. There are lots of activities open...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Indian Route 42 Oljato
Monument Valley, AZ 84536
(435) 727-5874

Desert View and Watchtower

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Attraction

Desert View and Watchtower Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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From the vantage point of this view, you have a spectacular vista of the upper end of the canyon as it makes a sharp 90 degree turn North towards Utah. It is here that the Colorado river appears so dramatically close that you can easily see the sunlight glittering off its fast flowing waters. Perched precipitously on the edge of the canyon, the Watchtower looks like it’s been there standing sentinel for hundreds of years, with it’s weathered rough hewn appearance and liberal adornments of Native Hopi Indian pictoglyphs on its inside walls. Indeed, it has only been in place for a little over 75 years when it was designed and built by Mary E. J. Colter for the Fred Harvey Company to cater to early...Read More

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Desert View and Watchtower
South Rim
Grand Canyon, Arizona