Rivers & Lakes

The three world-famous lakes are all man-made, the results of damming on the Colorado River: Lake Powell, Lake Mead and Lake Havasu. The primary river in the Grand Canyon region is the mighty Colorado River, the river that carved the Grand Canyon and the river that was dammed to create some world-class fisheries and recreational areas.

Colorado River

The Colorado River flows more than 1,400 miles. Its headwaters originate in Rocky Mountain National Park and the river flows to the Gulf of California. Other rivers in Arizona include the Little Colorado, Gila, Verde and Bill Williams River, as well as one of the Colorado River's tributaries, the Green River, in Utah. Read More...

Top Ten Things to do in Grand Canyon

1. Go Hiking or Backpacking

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

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

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. Take a Scenic Flight

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

8. Go Mountain Biking or Cycling

Log extra miles of breathtaking views. 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...

Close X