Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon has now been voted (BBC Holiday Programme on the 10th of November 2002) as the top place to visit before you die is a must see place. How to see it, well here are some options

How about taking a helicopter ride around one of the most famous landmarks in the world?

You can pick up a helicopter, or plane, ride in the Grand Canyon area. There are also pick up points in Vegas and other Areas.

Grand Canyon Airlines

Air tours over the Grand Canyon PO Box 3038 Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023.

00 1 928-638-2359

00 1 866-235-9422

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Helicopter tours over Grand Canyon. 3900 Paradise Rd, Ste 151, Las Vegas, NV, 89109.

00 1 928-638-2419

00 1 800-528-2418

Grand Canyon Railway

Travel on a historic train to the heart of Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon Railway, celebrating 100 years, arrives just steps from the South Rim. Enjoy the flavor of the Old West and modern luxuries during your vacation to one of the most beautiful places in the world.

1201 W Route 66, Ste 200, Flagstaff, AZ, 86001>

00 1 928-773-1976

00 1 800-376-6629

Great Ventures Tours.

All entertainment day at the Grand Canyon in Luxury Mini-Coaches. Includes lunch, IMAX, optional Steam Train or helicopter ride. Other popular activities: 1-day Colorado River Rafting-float or white-water, Verde Canyon scenic train package with Chuckwagon Dinner Theater, Indian ruins & Jerome Tour.

95 Hohokam Dr Sedona, AZ, 86336.

00 1 928-282-4451

00 1 800-578-2643

Please phone us for more information on the many interesting areas to visit.

A Place that you will never forget .

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For those of you you who want a bit of the History.

About the Grand Canyon After thousands of years of Native American presence in the American Southwest, the first Europeans arrived at the Grand Canyon's South Rim in 1540.

Following another 300 years of missionaries, trappers, explorers, government surveyors and soldiers, Major John Wesley Powell and his party of nine made the first successful boat trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869. By the late 1800s, the spectacular beauty of the Canyon began to draw both visitors and businessmen alike. In 1901 the first Santa Fe passenger train arrived at the South Rim. Grand Canyon became a national monument in 1908 and on February 26, 1919, it was designated as the seventeenth national park.

Until 1968, the principal concessioner and provider of Grand Canyon visitor services was the Fred Harvey Company. Using modern technology - the telegraph - and employing bright, young and congenial employees, Harvey provided significantly better dining facilities and services then were previously available to western travelers. Although Fred Harvey died in 1901, he envisioned Grand Canyon as a major tourist attraction and convinced the Santa Fe Railroad to run a line from Williams, (for more infomation please contact us) Arizona to this natural wonder.

It was the Fred Harvey Company that hired the gifted female architect Mary E. J. Colter. A perfectionist in a male-dominated profession, Colter's talent and perseverance were realized in a succession of unique Grand Canyon designs that reflected her vision of natural constructions, often modeled after Native American themes. Among her South Rim Grand Canyon works are the Hopi House in 1905; Lookout Studio and Hermits Rest in 1914; Phantom Ranch in 1922; the Desert View Watchtower in 1932; and in 1935, Bright Angel Lodge. Today all of these buildings, along with the El Tovar she designed in 1905, are still in use and are nationally recognized historic landmarks.

In 1968, Amfac purchased the Fred Harvey Company. Amfac Parks & Resorts is currently recognized for its leadership, creativity and innovation as the largest parks management company in the country. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Amfac has national park concession operations at the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Everglades, Bryce, Zion, Death Valley and Petrified Forest.

Today, five-million people a year visit the Grand Canyon.