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Ditch and I are in the Grand Canyon area in Arizona. Last night Ditch and I put up our tent and slept in it. We looked out and saw the whole sky full of so many stars! I counted 600 stars.

In the morning, Ditch and I saw a bald eagle. It is true! The big eagle bird looks bald but it really has white feathers on his head.

After eagle flew away, Ditch tried to make friends with a ringtail. Do you know what that is? A ringtail is like a possum. With rings on its tail.

I love going on trains. Do you? Ditch and I rode the Grand Canyon Railway. What a blast. We felt like pioneers discovering new lands.

From the train windows we saw more animals, a lot of cactus, and a tree called `Palo Verde.’ It’s the Arizona state tree. Actual fact!

Also, I learned that Palo Verde means `green stick.’ The state tree is a green stick!

At the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Ditch and I became Junior Rangers. We did a fun program that a real Ranger is in charge of. It was fun and we learned a lot – even Ditch did! – and we got a ranger badge to wear.

Did you know that you can ride a mule down a trail into the Grand Canyon? I did not want to ride but Ditch did. I waited for him up top of Canyon and enjoyed looking at the view. I met people from all over the world who come to see the world’s biggest hole. Way to go, Grand Canyon!

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The South Rim

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the most popular spot to visit the Grand Canyon. The canyon is 277 miles long, 4 to 18 miles wide and over one mile deep. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Traveling along the bottom of the canyon is 277 miles of the Colorado River. The Colorado River is a total of 1450 miles long and begins in Colorado and ends in Mexico. The Canyon View Information Plaza is a good place to pick up maps and check out your first views of the canyon. One of the best ways for young travelers to see the Canyon is to take one of the many shuttles from the Plaza. Enjoy the beautiful views! Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Book at the Visitor Center at Canyon View Information Plaza or Park Headquarters.


The Skywalk

The SkyWalk, is a u-shaped glass bridge that hangs about 70 feet over the rim of the canyon. Visitors walk out onto the glass bridge and can see 4000 feet straight down to the Colorado River. Don’t worry! Over a million pounds of steel, thick glass and five-foot tall glass railings keep you safe. The Skywalk is located at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and is owned and operated by the Native American Hulapai Nation. The Hualapai people have lived in this area for many generations. Included with your ticket to the SkyWalk is a shuttle ride through the West Rim and a visit to Hualapai Ranch.


Yavapai Observation Station

The Yavapai Observation Station is located on the South Rim of the canyon. The purpose of this visitor center is to teach the history and geology of the Grand Canyon. The exhibits explain how the many rock layers and the carving of the Grand Canyon took place over time. There are 3-D models, photographs, artwork and videos to help understand the nature of the Grand Canyon. It is called an “Observation Station” for a reason! Yavapai has some of the best views of the gorge and Colorado River from its large viewing windows.


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Water (H20)

Everyone needs to carry water! During the hot summer months, water is the most important thing to put in your body while visiting the Grand Canyon. Every year hundreds of visitors become sick from the heat.

When there is not enough water in your body you can become dehydrated and tired. Dehydration happens when your body sweats from the heat and you don’t give it more water to replace the sweat. Do not wait until you feel thirsty to drink water. Carry a refillable water bottle and take small sips often. On many trails at the Grand Canyon, there are water stations and water springs where you can refill water containers. Other tips for staying healthy is to hike in the early morning, eat salty foods with your water, wear a sun hat, go slowly and stop when you feel you need a rest. Be prepared!


"Ditch, I am so proud of you GoBro, for drinking water for two hours in hot heat."


"Yes, it's very healthy. Now I have big favor to ask you."


"Anything for you."


"Where is little gopher room in big canyon?"



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Digging History

1540

The first Europeans reach the Grand Canyon.


1776

Fathers Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante travel along the North Rim search of a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Monterey, California.


1826

James Ohio Pattie and a group of American trappers reach the canyon.


1848

The signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo gives the Grand Canyon region to the United States.


1857

Lt. Joseph Ives comes to the area to search the area for railroad routes.


1883

Stagecoaches begin bringing tourists to the Grand Canyon.


1901

The Santa Fe Railroad line to Grand Canyon Village is completed.


1902

The first automobile is driven to the Grand Canyon.


1908

President Theodore Roosevelt establishes the Grand Canyon a U.S. National Monument.


1919

The Grand Canyon National Park becomes the 17th United States National Park by an Act of Congress signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson.


1989

The Grand Canyon Railway begins its operation again to the Grand Canyon.


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