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September 21, 2013

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Review in Pictures – The Grand Canyon South Rim

by Jason Dutton-Smith
Oil painting scenery dots the entire Grand Canyon rim.

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is possibly the most impressive site that I’ve ever seen. President Theodore Roosevelt was instrumental in preserving this national park over a hundred years ago. Said to be over 17 million years old, the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is probably one of my all time favourite destinations in America.

We recently met my Sister and brother in-law in Phoenix, Arizona and embarked on a road trip together that spaned two impressive states, Arizona and Utah. The incredible scenery changes from desert sands and cactus lined roads in Arizona to impressive mountain ranges and dense green forests in Utah, with the mighty 446km long and 29km wide canyon in between dividing the two states.

Loving the Grand Canyon family style!

Loving the Grand Canyon family style!

The Paiute Indian tribe canyon name is Kaibab, meaning 'mountain lying down' or 'mountain turned upside down'.

The Paiute Indian tribe canyon name is Kaibab, meaning ‘mountain lying down’ or ‘mountain turned upside down’.

The south rim lookout over the Grand Canyon - can you spot the tourists?

The south rim lookout over the Grand Canyon – can you spot the tourists?

It seems almost impossible to take a picture that truly encapsulates the size, scope and beauty of the canyon but we made some great attempts. It’s truly a mesmerising place and should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Viator

Sitting on the Grand Canyon edge

Sitting on the Grand Canyon edge

Stunning back drops of the Grand Canyon

Stunning back drops of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon under the vast blue sky.

Grand Canyon under the vast blue sky.

Grand Canyon Weather

The canyon is famed for having different seasons in the same location. During winter the high peaks will attract frost and snow as it shares its elevation with Utah. Yet lower in the canyon where the Colorado River carves its way through will find temperatures similar to other desert areas of Arizona. Ranging from over 35 degrees in summer and minus 15 in wnter, this is one area where dressing for the season is recommended.

Grand Canyon - Quite meditation on top of God's natural wonder.

Quite meditation on top of God’s natural wonder.

Colourful rock layers display several billion of years history.

Colourful rock layers display several billion of years history.

Can you spy the Colorado River?

Can you spy the Colorado River?

Layers and depth of the Grand Canyon

Layers and depth of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon under the vast blue sky.

Grand Canyon under the vast blue sky.

Todd and I on the edge of the Grand Canyon

Todd and I on the edge of the Grand Canyon

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