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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is often described as a wonder of the natural world, and it really is, where kids can take a trip back in time millions of years ago. Imagine a great inland sea that deposited layers of sand and sea creatures. Volcanoes squirted up lava, adding more stuff. The stuff became rock that was squished down, pushed up, and then the mighty Colorado River carved its way through the rocks like a multi-layered salami and cheese sandwich.
Tip: Don't miss our top picks for Grand Canyon children's books, recommended by the staff of Travel for Kids, see below.
    South Rim - Grand Canyon Village
    South Rim - East
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    Highway 64 to Grand Canyon - Williams, Tusayan
    Travel Tips for the Grand Canyon
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Travel for Kids has plenty of fun things to do with kids at the Grand Canyon, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, and convenient to the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon family hotels
family tours grand canyon

The scenery of the Grand Canyon (and Bryce & Zion) is so spectacular you'll want time time to enjoy it, and traveling with local guides is a big help. Take a tour just for families that combines a mule ride into the Grand Canyon and tubing on the river, with guided walks through the Anasazi ruins and a cowboy cookout:

    Classic Journeys
kids books grand canyon national park
     
Hey Ranger kids books Grand Canyon  
"Hey Ranger!"
Kim Williams Justesen, Judy Newhouse

Fun answers to kid's questions about the Grand Canyon, plus illustrations to color. Why do you let so many wild animals run loose in the park? Who was the first person in the Grand Canyon? What time do you turn on the lights? (Activity book)

 

     

Fun facts about the Grand Canyon – plants and animal life, early inhabitants of the canyon and people living there today, geology and fabulous formations. (Picture book)

 

 
Grand Canyon National Park facts kids
     
Condor: Spirit of the Canyon kids books  

In the Grand Canyon, the condor soars high above the valley below. Little Feather, a young Native American, learns the way of the condor in each season. When a new baby condor is born, Little Feather becomes its guardian, and dreams of flying with the condor.
(Picture book)

 

     
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis

Adventures of Brighty, a wild burro in the Grand Canyon. Left to fend for himself, Brighty stays down in the canyon during the winter, but in the warm weather he accompanies Uncle Jim Owen on hunting trips, even helping President Teddy Roosevelt capture a mountain lion. (Chapter book)

 

 
Brighty of the Grand Canyon childrens books
     
Down the Colorado  
Down the Colorado
Deborah Kogan Ray

Fascinating story of John Wesley Powell, naturalist teacher and explorer who followed the Colorado River to the end of the Grand Canyon, and lived to tell the tale. Glowing illustrations capture the grandeur of the river and adventure of the expedition. (Picture book)

 

     
Mule Train Mail
Craig Brown

People live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon today, and the mail is carried in on mules. Take a journey down the trail with the postman, wearing a cowboy hat and chaps. Panoramic two-page illustrations into this amazing landscape. (Picture book)

 

 
Mule Train Mail
     
Puzzler's Guide to the Grand Canyon kids activity book  
Puzzler's Guide to the Grand Canyon
Kristy McGowan, Karen Richard, Harvey Jackson

30+ puzzles to solve – Colorado River maze, wildlife crossword puzzle, hidden pictures at Phantom Ranch, decipher petroglyphs, and more, plus info about the Grand Canyon. (Activity book)

 

     
Whose Tail on the Trail at Grand Canyon?
Midji Stephenson, Kenneth Spengler

Can you identify Grand Canyon animals just by looking at their tails? Fun rhyming book, beautifully illustrated. (Picture book)

 

 
Whose Tail on the Trail  at Grand Canyon
     
 

Go on an adventure in the Grand Canyon with Kristi Kay (a terrier) and Alex (California condor), as they explore ancient ruins, meet other animals, learn about the plants and geology of the canyon. Excellent photos of the Grand Canyon.(eBook)

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