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Rafting Trips Through the Grand Canyon - Voyages Through Time
The Grand Canyon deserves to be known as one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World." This magnificent canyon is about one mile deep and ten miles wide. Over the past 6 million years, the Colorado River slowly but patiently carved the Grand Canyon and continues its work today. Grand Canyon Rafting Trips allow people from around the world the opportunity to experience the beauty and excitement that is unique to the Grand Canyon.
A Brief History of the Grand Canyon
From photos, it often appears that the canyon is one single gorge, but this isn't the case. Over time, the forces of erosion carved numerous side canyons. The Grand Canyon is multi-colored, primarily displaying innumerable shades of yellow, red, brown and gray. As the sun moves across the sky, the changing light dramatically transforms the colors of the canyon, providing a fascinating color show throughout the day.
At the bottom of the canyon, near the river, are some of the earth's oldest rocks, believed to be almost two billion years old. In the far distant past, a shallow sea once existed in this spot. Today, visitors will occasionally find fossilized shell fish, corals and snails.
The Anasazi, Havasupai and the Europeans
People have been living in and around the Grand Canyon for at least 3,200 years. The ancient Anasazi are believed to have been the first people to inhabit this region. Throughout this part of the west, the Anasazi are remembered for their cliff pueblos. Cataract (or Havasu) Canyon, a part of the gorge, has been home to the Havasupai people for 800 years. Cataract Canyon is world renowned for its spectacular water falls, magnificent columns and other rock formations and sparkling blue water.
A Spanish explorer, Garcia Lopez de Cardenas, discovered the Grand Canyon in 1540 while searching for the legendary Seven "Gold" Cities of Cibola. John Wesley Powell led the first boat expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, navigating more than 200 rapids. It took the expedition three months to make the journey. Not everyone survived.
Rafting Trips Through the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Rafting Trips provide an unforgettable experience whether it's someone's first trip or a repeat adventure. For a multitude of reasons, rafting down the Grand Canyon is world famous. If someone could only make one rafting trip in a lifetime, probably most people would choose the Grand Canyon. It is simply that unique and that special.
The owner of Colorado River & Trail Expeditions (CRATE), David Mackay, is a pioneer in river rafting. He met his wife, Vicki, on a Grand Canyon rafting trip. Today, all members of the CRATE family are focused upon providing every guest with an outstanding experience on their trip through the canyon. This same dedication to quality is found on all of CRATE's trips, including their Green River Rafting Trips and their Alaska Rafting Trips. Visit their website to learn more about the 2017 schedules for your trip of a lifetime.