15 Facts about the Grand Canyon
- Living in the Grand Canyon, you’ll find a vast amount of wildlife – 90 mammal species, 250 bird species, 25 reptile species, and 5 amphibian species.
2. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
3. The Canyon and surrounding area have been continuously occupied by Native Americans.
4. The area in and around the Grand Canyon has some of the cleanest air in the United States.
5. From the mid-1800s to 2015, there have been about 770 deaths that occurred at the Grand Canyon.
6. Aside from typical sightseeing, you can also go skydiving, rafting, camping, and going on the skywalk – a glass-bottom platform that extends over the canyon.
7. Depending on where you are in the Canyon, temperatures can range from -10 to 110 Fahrenheit (-23 to 43 Celsius).
8. If you piled the entire world population inside the Grand Canyon, there wouldn’t be enough people to fill it up.
9. The rim of the Grand Canyon is 7,000 feet above sea level.
10. Less than two dozen people have completed a full length-wise hike through the Grand Canyon – that’s fewer people than have been on the moon!
11. The largest hotel suite in the world is in a cavern of the Grand Canyon. Overall, the Grand Canyon Cavern and Inn is the oldest, deepest, darkest, and quietest motel in the world. One night costs about $700.
12. The year the original Jaws movie came out, visitors to the Grand Canyon rose by about 40%.
13. Throughout the Grand Canyon, there are more than 20 layers of rocks.
14. In 1956, two commercial airplanes flew in the Grand Canyon showing tourists the sights. Unfortunately, the two planes collided with each other and everyone was killed. This disaster prompted the founding of the Federal Aviation Agency.
15. Because of its vast climate, there are over 1,700 different plant species in the Grand Canyon.
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