One of the best places to visit in the United States is the American Southwest. Deserts abound and temperatures can reach past 100. It can get hot to say the least. You should not let the heat dissuade you though. It is marvelous, especially when you visit the crown jewel there. Without further ado, I give you 10 Inspirational Grand Canyon National Park Pictures and Images. They are sure to knock your socks off.
There are four parts to the Grand Canyon: the South Rim, Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon East, and the North Rim. Each has its own distinct features and attractions. At 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and up to 1 mile deep, this national park boggles the mind. I can give you numbers but only photos will do the vastness justice.
Let’s get started.
1. The North Rim – Few Crowds Are Here
The North Rim is quite remote and less visited than the South Rim. You won’t be competing with other visitors to this magnificent part of the park. It is quite close to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Utah, so you can hit multiple parks on your journey. You do not want to miss these key sites in this part: Point Imperial, Cape Royal, Roosevelt Point, Walhalla Overlook, and Bright Angel Point. All of them are breathtaking.
2. The South Rim – It’s Quite Popular
No other part of the park is the most visited. A lot of people travel to the South Rim. You might have to push and shove people to get a view. (You probably won’t :), but you get the idea). There are a lot of people. It is the most popular section of the park.
3. Horseshoe Bend – Watch Out for the Giant Horse!
This section of the canyon is shaped like, well, a horseshoe. You need to see this site. A picture doesn’t do it justice. When you stand on the overlook, you are 4,200 feet above sea level. In the rock walls, you can find a whole variety of minerals including hematite, platinum, and garnet. This part of the park is a must see for the aspiring geologist.
4. Desert View Watchtower – It’s Not What You Think
Located in the South Rim, the Desert View Watchtower stands at 70 feet tall. The structure was built in 1932 to resemble Pueblo architecture. The only problem is this structure stands like an NBA basketball player and redwood tree above any structure the Pueblo Native Americans ever built. It is meant to look like a ruin, but it barely fits.
Regardless though, you can run up to the top and get an excellent view of the canyon from above.
5. Are You Ready to Defy Gravity on the Skywalk?
The skywalk boggles the mind. If you are afraid of heights, it can be quite scary to say the least. It is almost like you are going to fall into the canyon below. Fortunately though, the bridge is made with reinforced steel and concrete designed to hold up 160,000 lbs, in other words, a lot of people. You’ll be safe.
6. Havasu Falls are a Must See
After a long day of hiking and exploring, cool yourself off in the legendary Hasavu Falls. The almost 100 foot drop is a marvel to behold. The high levels of calcium carbonate enable the blue-green hues you see in the photo above. The falls flow as one right now, but because of environmental change the falls have sometimes flowed as multiple shoots.
Dip your toes in and take a swim.
7. Sunsets Here are Fantastic
The red shows quite well here. If you watch the sunset over the horizon every day for a whole year, you will live a better life. I guarantee it. The sun looks even brighter in the Grand Canyon. The sun’s rays dance and tango over the cliff side. You need a break from your routine.
8. Mather Point is the Most Popular Part
Mather Point is located in the South Rim and is one of the most visited sites in the national park. You can get a panoramic view of the vastness and scope of the canyon. You get an idea for what everything really is. Most people cannot understand something until they see it with their own two eyes. You will get the picture at Mather Point.
9. It’s Time for a Break – Please Take a Seat
Ah, it is almost near the end of our journey together. Please pull out your lunch and take a seat. Nothing beats a quick break with a good sandwich before you depart. Life is good. Don’t worry. You will find many benches along your journey for you to kick back and enjoy yourself in. You need to slow down and appreciate life more.
10. The Bright Angel Trail – Things Are Looking Up
The Bright Angel Trail follows the side of the canyon. It is one of the best trails to hit on your adventure through the Southwest. At 15.6 miles round trip and over 4,000 feet in elevation change, this trail shouldn’t be underestimated. The average grade is 10%, so it can get quite steep at times. The views are all the more rewarding though.
You will be treated quite well to those Instagram worthy shots.
Are You Looking for a Backpack?
You should be all set to go. I do not know about you, but I am about ready to pack my bag and head off to the Grand Canyon. It was a joy to write this article for you.
If you want to explore this park in more depth, then you are going to need a backpack. Nothing beats a solid backpacking adventure. If you are looking for one, then you should check out one of my previous articles, The Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2019 (do not fret if it is 2025 and this article still reads 2019; I update the ‘best of’ articles on an annual basis :)). It won’t do you any harm to take a peek. You are an excellent backpacker. You can explore the world.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!