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25 of your most searched Grand Canyon facts according to Google

Grand Canyon Facts; a man stands at the edge of the western rim of the Grand Canyon overlooking an expansive view with no guardrails. ©AshleyOnozWright
One major difference in the rims is that there are places at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon that don't have guardrails. ©AshleyOnozWright

Have you ever wondered what the most frequently asked questions (or FAQs) people around the world are asking Google about the Grand Canyon? Welp, we did. And we were a little surprised that lots of folks were asking about the same Grand Canyon facts over and over again, while others were a little more obscure. People have so many questions, and that's pretty understandable. It’s one of the most visited wonders in the world, and the National Park Service says it’s one of the most popular parks in the U.S. with 4.5 million visitors in 2021.

But, if we’re being honest, the details surrounding it can still be a little murky. You know, other than the fact that it’s an enormous (albeit majestic) hole in the ground. So, we’ve done the research and put together a quick reference guide for 25 of the most-searched for facts about the Grand Canyon, and its elusive rims. And the best part is that they're all in one place, so you don’t have to keep scouring the internet.

1. What's the Grand Canyon Location?

The Grand Canyon is located in the northwest corner of Arizona, bordering Utah and Nevada.

2. What state is the Grand Canyon in?

The Grand Canyon is in the state of Arizona.

3. How deep is the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is 6,001 feet or 1,829 meters deep.


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Grand Canyon Fact, the Grand Canyon under a fresh coating of powdery snow atop the clay colored mountains.
The Grand Canyon National Park covered in a fresh dusting of snow. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

4. Best time to visit the Grand Canyon

Spring, between the months of April and June or in the fall, in September and October when the temperatures are most pleasant. However, the Grand Canyon covered in snow is absolutely majestic, so if you’re not afraid to brave the cold and the wind, winter might be worth the trek. The summer is scorching at the Grand Canyon but still a very busy time because of school breaks.

5. How many Grand Canyon Rims are there?

There are three rims in the Grand Canyon, the South Rim, the West Rim and the North Rim. What happened to the East Rim? Good question, it’s not recognized by the National Park Service. But located on the eastern side of the Grand Canyon are extremely famous sites like Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, right at the base of Lake Powell in southern Utah.


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6. Which rim of the Grand Canyon is the best?

Many people will tell you the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the best rim. But that’s really a matter of personal preference. The South Rim is chosen by the majority of people, so it’s much more crowded than the North and West Rim. There are lots of hotels and restaurants nearby, but it’s a much more commercial feel as well.

7. Grand Canyon Elevation

The elevation ranges from 2000 feet (610 meters) to 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), averaging about 6,804 feet (2,074 meters).

Grand Canyon West at Guano Point at sunset with people exploring the cliffsides with no guardrails. ©AlonzoWright for Manifesting Travel
In some places along Grand Canyon West, there aren't any guardrails. This allows you to experience the Grand Canyon in a more authentic and natural state. ©AlonzoWright

8. How long is the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is roughly 277 miles (448 kilometers) long.

9. Grand Canyon Tours

There are many Grand Canyon tours you can take to explore. One of our particular favorites is by helicopter and we fully believe it’s one of the best ways to scratch the Grand Canyon off your bucket list. But you can also take a train, do a fly-over in a plane, take a tour bus, drive yourself, and now you can even zipline.


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10. How big is the Grand Canyon?

It’s about 1,218 acres or 1904 square miles (4,931 square kilometers).

11. Grand Canyon Weather

The weather in the Grand Canyon varies by rim and interestingly enough, it even creates its own weather patterns. These are the average temperatures and rainy days for Grand Canyon National Park, AZ as provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Month High / Low(°F) Rain

January 58° / 38° 4 days

14°/ 3°C

February 65° / 42° 4 days

18° / 5°C

March 74° / 48° 4 days

23° / 8°C

April 83° / 55° 2 days

28° / 12°C

May 93° / 63° 1 day

33° / 17°C

June 104° / 73° 1 day

40° / 22°C

July 107° / 77° 3 days

41° / 25°C