Culture & History

The Grand Canyon is rich in history and culture. From Native American historical sites to photography museums and art galleries, to animal centers and aquariums, there’s plenty to do on a day off from hiking.

History

Arizona delivers big when it comes to historic sites and opportunities to take a step back in time. We share information about the many national monuments that commemorate and showcase historically significant sites, including cliff dwellings, pueblos, fossils and petrified forests, trading posts, mines and ghost towns, and more. Read More...

More History and Culture

Learn about art, historic events and fun trivia about the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas in Utah and Arizona Read More...

Native Americans

The Havasupai Indians and the Hualapai Indians are two Native American tribes deeply embedded in the history and current culture of the Grand Canyon. Read More...

Top Ten Things to do in Grand Canyon

1. Go Hiking or Backpacking in Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, and the greater Grand Canyon region, is a hiker’s dream. Most of Grand Canyon National Park is undeveloped backcountry. There are literally hundreds of miles to hike and backpack and explore. Despite the Grand Canyon’s popularity and numbers of visitors each year, visitors only need to hike a small distance to enjoy some solitude. Read More...

2. Ride a Mule into the Grand Canyon

Explore the depths of the Grand Canyon National Park on popular trails like the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trail on a mule. A Grand Canyon mule ride is an adventure and easy on your legs. Read More...

3. Ride the Grand Canyon Railway

Adventure, sightseeing and history! If it’s adventure, sightseeing and history all rolled into one that you want on your Grand Canyon vacation, then Grand Canyon Railway is your answer. This is an unforgettable experience and will add much to your vacation to the Grand Canyon. Read More...

4. Take a Scenic Drive Near the Grand Canyon

We think that a Grand Canyon vacation is America’s greatest road trip. It’s one big scenic drive. In fact, there are so many scenic drive opportunities it’s hard to limit our favorites. Read More...

5. Spend a Night or More Camping

Camp under the stars in a tent, or at an RV Park. Read More...

6. Go on a Rafting Trip in the Grand Canyon National Park

One of the most exciting ways to experience the Grand Canyon is to float through it by way of raft on the Colorado River. Read More...

7. Come Along on a Helicopter Tour

Take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon for a unique and spectacular vantage of this vast, deep natural wonder. Read More...

9. Stand on the Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped walkway that extends almost 70 feet out into the Grand Canyon. Visitors on the Skywalk, which has a clear, 4-inch-thick glass bottom, peer over the railing, or down through their stance to see the Canyon and all of its 4,000 feet of vertical abyss. Read More...

10. Take a Desert Jeep Tour

Experience the backcountry desert on and off road near the Grand Canyon and nearby recreation areas such as Sedona. View scenic vistas and the incredible variety of wildlife. Read More...

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