The Grand Canyon is one of the most remarkable landscapes on earth and the most internationally recognized symbol of nature in the United States of America. This natural wonder is also a cultural landscape that has been lived in, traveled through, feared, marveled at, exploited for profit, utilized for education, and praised as inspiration by a diverse array of people over the history.
The National Monument received the status of a National Park in 1919. Today Grand Canyon National Park receives close to five million visitors each year. The oldest human artifacts found are nearly 12,000 years old and date to the Paleo-Indian period. There has been continuous use and occupation of the park since that time.
This unique place influenced the science, the art, the culture and the turism. It provided life and salt for Native Americans, thwarted early Spanish explorers, confounded prospectors and evoked poetry from the pens of scientists.
The Grand Canyon is one of the few natural landmarks visible from space. Grand Canyon National Park covers 1,904 square miles and encompasses many of the most beautiful landscapes of the region, but it does not surround the entire geologic feature known as the Grand Canyon.
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