by: Editor on 7/8/2014
Visiting the Grand Canyon this summer? We have a few fun facts about the Grand Canyon that you may or may not know. Impress your companions with this knowledge.
- The Grand Canyon is neither the world’s longest or deepest gorge. It is the third largest canyon in the world.
- At its widest point, the canyon is 18 miles across. The narrowest point is only 600 yards.
- Fossilized sloth bones from 11,000 years ago have been found in canyon caves within the Grand Canyon. No fossils have been found on the floor, only fossilized animal prints.
- The most common rattle snake in the park is pink, matching the hue of the rocks.
- The canyon was originally called Kaibab by the Paiute Indians meaning “mountain turned upside down” and was renamed Grand Canyon by John Wesley Powell in 1891 when charting the Colorado River’s course.
- It is the site of the Brady Pin-cushion cactus, a rare cactus discovered in 1958
- 800 million gallons of water flow through it per hour. – It is a ‘Natural Wonder of the World’
- It took 3-6 million years to form
- The base is approximately 1/3 of the earth’s age
- More than 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon every year.
- It is 277 miles long
- The deepest point is just over one mile deep