Secrets of the Grand Canyon by Ken Burns

Watch the USA Today video interview of Ken Burns to learn about the hidden gems of the Grand Canyon National Park.
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USA Today Ken Burns interview video about the Grand Canyon

After making his documentaries about America's National Parks, director Ken Burns knows their hidden secrets. So what does he have to share about the Grand Canyon?

- Most people aren't aware that there is more to the Grand Canyon than the South Rim. The quieter North Rim is in an alpine forest setting and has a totally different environment for wildlife than the South Rim's high desert.

- It takes about 11 days to float down the entire canyon on the Colorado River. But, you can stop after four days and hike up the beautiful 8-mile Bright Angel Trail to the South Rim.

- You can trek one of the lesser used trails and not see another person for hours, allowing you to be alone with the canyon.

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