Amazing Facts on the #1 Natural Wonder of the World

How many onlookers behold the Grand Canyon each year?

The iconic Grand Canyon draws ooh’s and aah’s from visitors from all over the world peering from its towering cliffs. The actual number of visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park has been recorded since its inception in 1919 when 37, 745 people made the trek to see its beauty. That number has steadily increased every year, with the exception of 1940-1945 during World War II when it dropped from 436,566 to a low of only 64,568. 

In 2018, yet again, a new record was set with 638,000 onlookers. The grand total of gazers from 1919 through 2018, nearly a centennial, stands at 3,007,240,000. That’s over SIX BILLION eyeballs!


How big is the Grand Canyon? 

The Grand Canyon marks such a colossal scar across four states, that it can be seen from outer space! The great chasm runs 277 miles and boasts a width of 18 miles at its widest points. Over a mile down at its deepest point (5280 feet), its maximum depth is 6093 feet.


Is The Grand Canyon, the biggest canyon in the world?

Surprisingly, it is not the biggest canyon on the planet. In 1994, the Guinness Book of World Records crowned the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in Tibet wandering through the Himalayas as the world’s longest and deepest canyon. It plummets to a depth of 17,567 feet, making it more than 2 miles deeper than the Grand Canyon’s 6,093 feet. The length measures 308 miles, about 30 miles longer than the Grand Canyon.  

Then Australia wins the prize for the world’s widest canyon, with its Capertee Valley edging out the Grand Canyon at only a few feet wider than the Grand Canyon’s 18 mile width.


What will fit in that big hole?

The volume of the Grand Canyon is estimated to be 5.45 trillion cubic yards.  This equates to about 1.7 billion Olympic-sized swimming pools or nearly 4 million Empire State Buildings! That’s a BIG hole! 

To help get a little perspective on the vastness of the spectacular open-cavern’s depth alone, think of 4 Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other. That’s how deep the Grand Canyon is, 4 Empire State Buildings deep! 

If you’re really adventurous, you could even choose one of the rafting tours that allow you to hike into, or out of the Canyon, a journey that will bring you a sense of accomplishment and bragging rights for years. But, don’t think about climbing 4 Empire State Building Staircases all in a row, that isn’t how the hike goes. The hike does gain that much elevation but over 9 miles of trail, which makes it a whole lot more do-able!


Why is one of the Railway Trains called the “French Fry Express”? 

One of the steam engines that operates on the Grand Canyon Railway runs on vegetable oil! The French Fry Express, so called because of the smell its fuel generates, is a 1923 Baldwin Locomotive Works engine that was converted to run on recycled waste vegetable oil. The oil is collected from restaurants near the South Rim. So if you LOVE French fries, try out the French Fry Express!


What is the population of the Grand Canyon?

Lists of Grand Canyon facts don’t often include information about its human population, but surprisingly, it does have one town. Supai Village is located at the base of the Grand Canyon within the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Inaccessible by road and with a population of just 208, it is the most remote community in the lower 48 states, and is the only place where mail is still delivered by pack mule. 


What is the #1 cause of death in the Grand Canyon?

Falling is the most common answer, but is not the most common death in the Grand Canyon, though it’s a real hazard. According to the Arizona Daily Sun, only 55 people have accidentally fallen from the rim of the canyon, with nearly all of them posing for pictures, or taking pictures. 

Of the 6.5 million annual visitors, only about 12 deaths occur each year at the Grand Canyon. Causes of death include natural causes, medical problems, suicide, heat, drowning, and traffic crashes. However, the highest cause of death in the canyon is heat exhaustion and dehydration. 


What is there to do in the Grand Canyon?

Well for starters, you can take in . . .

  • Sightseeing the over 43 Landmarks
  • Enjoying the Plethora of Photo Op Sites
  • Gazing at the Abundant Wildlife
  • Eating at one of the Fine Restaurants
  • Hiking the Many Scenic Trails
  • Rafting the Colorado River
  • Camping and Backpacking
  • Mule Packing Tours
  • Bicycle Tours
  • Bus Tours
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Jeep Tours
  • Hummer Tours
  • Railway Adventure Tours
  • Grand Canyon Scavenger Hunts
  • Canyon Tours with Stops in Sedona and Navajo Reservations
  • West Rim and Hoover Dam Tours and Walking the Skywalk
  • Landmark Airplane Tours
  • Skydiving in the Grand Canyon

That’s pretty good for starters and should fill your time for a GRAND while!

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Russ Miller of Creation, Evolution & Science Ministries

Canyon Ministries 

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