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Grand Canyon Airplane Tours Enjoy Flying Above the National Park! By Michelle Brodsky | Grand Canyon airlines offers a variety of amazing journeys. Among the most breathtaking, thorough, and exciting ways to explore this massive, ancient National Park is by air. Air tours originate near the park, as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Page, Arizona. Situated along the Colorado River Basin, this extraordinary gorge is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than one mile deep. According to geologists, this spectacular park exhibits about two million years of our planet's geological history. This gigantic rift across the Colorado Plateau reveals ancient strata from the Proterozoic and Paleozoic Eras. The weather in the area varies according to elevation. Some high-elevation rim zones are wooded, and receive seasonal snowfall. However, along the river in the Inner Gorge, temps are arid, much like those of Tucson and other low-elevation desert areas. Along the South Rim, standard annual precipitation is less than sixteen inches. The North Rim receives about twenty-seven inches of moisture yearly, and the basin receives about 8 inches. Weather conditions have a huge effect on tourism. Severe temperatures, high-elevation, winter storms, and late-summer monsoons present many hazards. The National Weather Service's South Rim station has been consistently checking temperatures since 1903. The temperature variations throughout the year are extreme. Inside the gorge, summer temps frequently climb to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter months, rim temperatures often drop down below zero degrees Fahrenheit. The record high temperature was 105 degrees Fahrenheit in June of 1974, and the low was 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit in January of 1919, February of 1985, and December of 1990. The uplift of this plateau is jagged, and the elevation at the North Rim is about 1,000 feet greater than the height at the South Rim. This variation in elevation leads to the North Rim having lower temperatures than the South Rim. Views from the North Rim will be more picturesque, but admittance to the area is limited during the winter due to road closures. The Colorado River basin has been changing for 40 million years. Geological experts have calculated that the canyon is approximately seventeen million years of age. Significant erosion has exposed one of the planet's most geologically comprehensive rock columns. Much of this exposed strata was created under-water millions of years in the past.

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt, a keen outdoorsman, traveled to this spectacular landscape. He was so in awe of its overwhelming beauty that he established the area as a national preserve on November 28, 1906. This national park is among the world's most widely used visitor destinations, attracting more than 5 million tourists annually. Small planes and choppers provide great options for traveling the National Park. They can supply breathtaking views of the most hard to get at areas. Many rides provide memento DVDs of the vistas seen. Grand Canyon airlines offers lots of exciting opportunities to discover this national treasure. Since its creation as a national preserve in 1906, it's drawn and captivated many local as well as international visitors. In addition to regularly scheduled trips, there are a number of charter flights offered. Some businesses run ultra-quiet aircraft, and provide tours of Sedona and Monument Valley, in addition to the spectacular canyon. #30#

Grand Canyon Airplane Tours Enjoy Flying Above the National Park!