The Grand Canyon’s swirling canvas of rising spires, layered sedimentary rock, and terraced buttes has long captured the imagination of millions of visitors every year. With 277 miles of rock stretching along the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona, tackling this massive series of canyons can obviously be daunting. Most hikers begin their trek at the South Rim, while the Desert View Drive, also at the South Rim, affords more spectacular scenery than any other drive in the area.

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