Located in the state of Arizona, United States, is the Grand Canyon, a gorge where the Colorado River used to flow, thus creating a scenic valley that is the home of many Native Americans and a favourite place to visit for many tourists.
The Grand Canyon is managed by several bodies working in collaboration. These include Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon National Park, and native groups like the Havasupai people, Hualapai Tribal Nation, and the Navajo Nation. The reason for the involvement of a diverse group of people in its protection is that the Grand Canyon is important on several grounds: this 446km long gorge has evidence to illustrate almost two billion years of Earth’s history in geology. It is important for the Native Americans as it is them who created settlements here over thousands of years ago and live there to date. In fact, the Grand Canyon is considered a holy place by the Pueblo people. In addition to all these, today the Grand Canyon serves as a key tourist attraction for the five million people who come to see the place.
There is a lot to do here apart from admiring the 29km wide scenery at the Grand Canyon. There is rafting, running, hiking the treacherous trails, and skydiving among other activities. Thus, many a travel agency in Sri Lanka includes a visit to the Grand Canyon as a part of their USA tour itinerary, while agencies like Aitken Spence Holidays allows you to determine the length of your visit to the Canyon with their customizable itineraries. It is always better to opt for a guided tour of the Grand Canyon as several hundred deaths have been recorded at the site through history. However, there is nothing to worry about as long as you are sensible and cautious.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+