The National Park is one of the most diverse and heavily studied places on earth for its geological uniqueness and amazing formations.
How the Grand Canyon Was Created
The Canyon itself was carved by the Colorado River and the wind that caused the surface of the sedimentary rocks to become exposed and erode over time.
This reaction of land to the weather over many, many years allowed mankind to create living spaces and permitted various plants and animals a place to live and survive and flourish.
Ways to Witness & Learn About the Geology of the Grand Canyon
What’s in the Rocks & Ground of the Grand Canyon
The geological formations created over millions of years contain precious metals and minerals and hold historical data about how the Earth was formed. A variety of stone and rocks are found within the Canyon as well as minerals – and both have been mined from the Park at various times in history.
Rocks Found in the Grand Canyon Include:
Minerals Found in the Canyon:
Check these pages on the National Geographic Visitor Center Site to learn more while online:
Grand Canyon hiking tours can take visitors on a trip that will help them understand just exactly how important and significant the monumental park is – and why so many Archeologists and Scientists have spent years studying the sediments, caves and geological history of the Canyon.
Impressive colors, variations of rock outcroppings and steep cliffs are only a small part of the entire Grand Canyon Experience available to adventurers – amazing geology and historical information can inspire and educate the youngest minds.
Why People Come Back Again & Again
Where People Visit the Canyon From
With a variety of adventures, tours and sights to see, the Grand Canyon Visitor Center of Arizona enjoys visitors from all around the world and from as close as Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. Even residents of Arizona regularly visit the center and enjoy the things to do at the Grand Canyon that the National Geographic Visitor Center of Arizona can provide to them.
Once the visitors have enjoyed their guided tour, the National Geographic Visitor Center of Arizona can also provide refreshments in the Explorer’s Café or they can enjoy one of the many activities available to them – or they can watch The Grand Canyon Movie – in our state of the art IMAX® theater or even shop in our National Geographic Brand Merchandise Store for Hiking