The Magnificent Grand Canyon is
One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World!
WE ARE...one of the closest hostels to the magnificent GRAND CANYON, which is only 80 miles (128 km) down the road; a definite "must see" destination on any USA tour! From Flagstaff, a 1.5 hour scenic drive takes you past the tallest mountain peak in the state, through the largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in the World, to finally arrive at the rugged rim of the unbelievably immense, 2 billion year old geological marvel; aka - a gargantuan "hole in the ground"!
An ever-changing panorama of color, light and shadow, it is surely one of the most spectacular sights on earth. Immense and awesome, it is one of the most astounding accomplishments of our planet, with views that will truly take your breath away. The sheer majesty and beauty of the scenery is beyond belief. Pictures do not, and cannot, do it justice. To really appreciate this most exquisite and beloved park you must see it with your own eyes. Glorious in the colors of fall, sparkling with winter snow, vibrant with new life in the spring, dazzling and glowing in the heat of summer;
the Grand Canyon is fabulous in any season!
The canyon measures 277 miles (443 km) from Lee's Ferry in the east, to Lake Mead in the west. It averages 10 miles (16 km) in width from rim to rim, with the greatest distance being 18 miles and the least being 5 miles. Its depth as measured from the north rim is 5700 feet. The south rim is approximately 1200 feet lower than the north rim. Grand Canyon National Park itself contains over a million acres of land. The Canyon is not that old, only 5 or 6 million years, but the rock layers exposed at the very bottom of the Grand Canyon are almost 2 billion years old!
The south rim is open all year. It is for the most part a desert with no surface water to be found anywhere. The north rim is very different. It is sometimes referred to as the "other canyon."
It receives much more rain and snow than the south rim. The north rim roads are closed from October 15th through May 15th. There is no hostel at the Grand Canyon. Favorite places to watch sunrises or sunsets on the south rim are Yaki Point and Lipan Point. The visitor center is open from 8AM to 5PM daily.
The entrance fee for either rim of the Grand Canyon park is $35.00 per private vehicle (any number of people) or $10.00 for individual pedestrians or cyclists. The admission fee is good for 7 days and permits allow access to both the north and south rims. For seniors only - United States residents aged 62 years or older may purchase a Lifetime Senior Pass for $80 which grants them free admission to all National Parks and Public Lands nationwide. An annual senior pass is $20.