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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is often described as a wonder of the natural world, and it really is, where kids can take a trip back in time millions of years ago. Imagine a great inland sea that deposited layers of sand and sea creatures. Volcanoes squirted up lava, adding more stuff. The stuff became rock that was squished down, pushed up, and then the mighty Colorado River carved its way through the rocks like a multi-layered salami and cheese sandwich.
    South Rim - Grand Canyon Village
    South Rim - East
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    Highway 64 to Grand Canyon - Williams, Tusayan
    Travel Tips for the Grand Canyon
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Travel for Kids has plenty of fun things to do with kids at the Grand Canyon, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, and convenient to the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon family hotels
family tours grand canyon

The scenery of the Grand Canyon (and Bryce & Zion) is so spectacular you'll want time time to enjoy it, and traveling with local guides is a big help. Take a tour just for families that combines a mule ride into the Grand Canyon and tubing on the river, with guided walks through the Anasazi ruins and a cowboy cookout:

    Classic Journeys
kids books grand canyon national park
Grand Canyon
Jason Chin

Take a walk through the Grand Canyon, to discover its amazing geology, plants and animals, starting at the bottom with the oldest formations. Gorgeous illustrations of how the Grand Canyon might have looked millions of years ago, fossils preserved in rocks, plants and animals of each zone, such as condors, desert tortoises, bighorn sheep, capture the wonder of the Grand Canyon. (Picture book)


Where Is the Grand Canyon?
Jim O'Connor, Daniel Colon

Illustrated history of the Grand Canyon. When Teddy Roosevelt visited, he said, the Grand Canyon is "the most wonderful scenery in the world." Read about the Native Americans and early explorers to the canyon, geology and wildlife, Grand Canyon today, plus fold out map. (Chapter book)


Grand Canyon National Park facts kids  

Fun facts about the Grand Canyon – plants and animal life, early inhabitants of the canyon and people living there today, geology and fabulous formations. (Picture book)


Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis

Adventures of Brighty, a wild burro in the Grand Canyon. Left to fend for himself, Brighty stays down in the canyon during the winter, but in the warm weather he accompanies Uncle Jim Owen on hunting trips, even helping President Teddy Roosevelt capture a mountain lion. (Chapter book)


Brighty of the Grand Canyon childrens books
Down the Colorado  
Down the Colorado
Deborah Kogan Ray

Fascinating story of John Wesley Powell, naturalist teacher and explorer who followed the Colorado River to the end of the Grand Canyon, and lived to tell the tale. Glowing illustrations capture the grandeur of the river and adventure of the expedition. (Picture book)


Mule Train Mail
Craig Brown

People live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon today, and the mail is carried in on mules. Take a journey down the trail with the postman, wearing a cowboy hat and chaps. Panoramic two-page illustrations into this amazing landscape. (Picture book)


Mule Train Mail
Whose Tail on the Trail  at Grand Canyon  
Whose Tail on the Trail at Grand Canyon?
Midji Stephenson, Kenneth Spengler

Can you identify Grand Canyon animals just by looking at their tails? Fun rhyming book, beautifully illustrated. (Picture book)


Puzzler's Guide to the Grand Canyon
Kristy McGowan, Karen Richard, Harvey Jackson

30+ puzzles to solve – Colorado River maze, wildlife crossword puzzle, hidden pictures at Phantom Ranch, decipher petroglyphs, and more, plus info about the Grand Canyon. (Activity book)


Puzzler's Guide to the Grand Canyon kids activity book
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