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.

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Extinct Humpback Chub Found

On October 9, 2012 Arizona fish and wildlife officials caught a fish thought to be extinct in the Grand Canyon area. This razorback sucker was the first of its kind to be obtained in more than 20 years. Read More...

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New Beaches in Grand Canyon

Intentional flooding causes new beaches. Read More...

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Grand Canyon Dangers: Water

If you’re a reckless visitor it might be your last vacation ever, but if you listen to your guides, you’ll have a great time. Read More...

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Naming The Colorado River

The Colorado River had many names before it became the “Colorado” River. Read More...

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Down the Great Unknown Book Review

Edward Dolnick’s book details John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the Colorado River from notes, journals, interviews and factual information gathered through hundreds of hours of research. Read More...

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Rivers in the Grand Canyon Region

So many river options on a hot day in the Grand Canyon! Read More...

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Arizona Lakes near the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a land of big lakes including Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and Lake Havasu. Read More...

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area 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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