The Grand Canyon—as seen from the eastern part of the park. Growing up I had an image in my head of Grand Canyon National Park is this massive, rugged, deep canyon. All of this is true, but when I finally got to visit I was amazed at how the canyon appears with little warning. A few hundred feet away from the rim the landscape looks like flat ground, and then you arrive at this mile deep scar in the earth’s surface. This canyon dwarfs the park’s boundaries that bare its name. The Grand Canyon runs for 277 miles and at times is 18 miles wide. That is hard to even begin to fathom. In the image above the Colorado River can barely be seen at the bottom of this massive landscape, but that river carved all of this. Our planet is an amazing place!