The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The park became a National Monument in 1908 and a National Park in 1919. The canyon is created by the Colorado River and is at least 17 million years old. The canyon is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and 6,000 feet deep. About 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon every year. The scenery is so spectacular, it is great to just be there. If you are more adventuresome, you can hike to the bottom of the canyon and camp out if you get a permit in advance. There are several short hikes near the two rims, which are called the North Rim and the South Rim. During the summer, you will need to ride the shuttles to get around. Most lodging is outside of the park. The El Tovar Hotel, which is inside of the park, was built in 1905. Archeologists believe that Native American Indians have lived in the area since 500 AD. When taking photos, you have to be careful that you don't step too far into the canyon. Lives have been lost.