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Phoenix — By Heather Wright Schlichting on June 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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Reflections of The Grand Canyon

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” – Henry David Thoreau

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This is how I feel when I visit the Grand Canyon (map); an insect on the sprawling edge of the 277 miles of gold and bronze landscape that in my opinion is one of the most fantastic natural wonders in the U.S., and perhaps the globe.

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This is the view looking down from the trail at Havasu Creek.

It seems that I’m not alone in my opinion. The Grand Canyon is considered one of the top travel destinations in the world. Named as one of The World’s Most Amazing Views by Travel + Leisure and the Top 15 Places Every Kid Should See by Budget Travel. The list of accolades goes on and on and if you get the chance to visit the Grand Canyon, you’ll understand why.

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Elves Chasm, an oasis off the Colorado River.

This post features a few photos from one of my favorite local photographers (AL_Hikes AZ).

It’s just amazing what a little water, wind and erosion can do over time.

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Pumpkin Spring is a natural hot spring that has formed this pool of water. Its orange travertine wall resembles a pumpkin.

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$25 per Private Vehicle is the entrance fee to Grand Canyon National Park.

The fee for an individual entering by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or non-commercial group is $12.00 per person, kids 15 and younger free. Admission is for seven days and includes entrance to both the North Rim and South Rim. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.

Directions

The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

North Rim Lodging and camping along with all other visitor services and facilities are only open from mid-May to mid-October. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Photos courtesy of flickr: Grand Canyon, Pumpkin Spring, Havasu Creek Trail and Elves Chasm

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