The United States of America has a plenteous form of natural beauty including colossal Redwood Forest, lofty mountains, sunny coasts, and dramatic canyons. The great canyons are basically jaw-droppers with stunning looks. You can explore the canyons by hiking or you can use the transport. Hiking through the canyon trail is the best idea if you want to indulge in the gorgeous scenic beauty of the canyons. Here we are presenting a list of 10 breathtakingly beautiful canyons that you must explore.
1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona:
The famous Antelope canyon is a slot canyon, located in the Navajo land of Arizona. The Antelope canyon has two different sections of slot canyons, namely the Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack and Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. The Antelope canyon is mainly formed by the erosion of sandstone due to flash flooding and other subaerial processes. You must be a part of a guided tour with a price range of $28 to $128 per person. The price range varies from season to season. You would need a guide to explore the canyon as navigating the canyon entrance and exit is tricky.
2. Royal Gorge Canyon, Colorado:
The Royal Gorge Canyon, which is a canyon of Arkansas River, is located at the west of Canon City, Colorado. This canyon is one of the deepest canyons in Colorado and named as the Grand Canyon of Arkansas. The Royal Gorge Canyon is a very tourist friendly spot as it is a home of bungee jumping, rock climbing and base jumping spots with the highest official jump platform in the world. You can enjoy the serene beauty of the canyon with the open air train of Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
3. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon:
This is the canyon of the Columbia River forming a boundary between two states, Washington and Oregon. The Gorge has a depth over 4000 ft and stretched for 80 miles. The Columbia River Gorge is federally protected National scenic area managed by the US forest service and Columbia River Gorge commission due to its unique aquatic flora that grows throughout the canyon.
4. The Grand Canyon, Arizona:
This is the most globally recognized canyon. It is located in Arizona, North America. This steep-sided canyon is built by the erosion made by the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is 227 miles long, 18 miles wide and has a depth of over 6000 ft. The erosion caused the earth layers to be exposed and it is estimated that the age of the canyon would be 5 million years. You can get the best view of the canyon from Lipan Point which is located at the south rim of the canyon.
5. Kings Canyon, California:
This is one of the deepest canyons present in the US with the depth of 8200 ft. The canyon is carved by the glaciers on Granite rock. The Kings Canyon is situated at the south of Kings Canyon National Park. This place is Mecca for the hikers and the mountaineering lovers. Spring is the most beautiful season here as you will see many flowers, tender green grass, and seasonal plants. The best way to enjoy the view here is by car.
6. Palo Duro Canyon, Texas:
The Palo Duro Canyon is actually an entire state park complex. This is the second largest canyon in the US and is 190 km long and 32 km wide. It has a depth of 820 ft, but there are many locations where the deepness has increased up to 1000 ft. The Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River formed this canyon. This canyon is best for horseback riding and biking.
7. Paria River Canyon, Utah and Arizona:
The Paria River Canyon is located at the Utah-Arizona border. This Canyon is Photographer’s and hiker’s delight as you will see the rosy stone wall with colorful ribbons running through it. Hikers love the colorful stone walls, narrow gorges and some textbook geologic formations like Moenkopi formation, Moenave formation, Chinle formation, Kayenta formation, Navajo sandstone and Temple cap sandstone.
8. Hells Canyon, Oregon, and Idaho:
Don’t fall for its name as there is nothing hellish about this majestic and magnificent canyon area. It contains some beautiful area of the Snake River. The Hells Canyon is North America’s deepest canyon with an average depth of 5500 ft with some area as deep as 7900 ft. The National Park is maintained by the US Forest service. The best way to see the canyon is by helicopter. The hikers would find bliss by fishing plenty of salmons in the river.
9. Black Canyon, Colorado:
The Black Canyon is located in Western Colorado and is formed by the erosion caused by Gunnison River. The Black Canyon owes its name as some areas of the canyon only gets sunlight for 33 minutes a day. There are many deep canyons present throughout the US but nothing can compete with the narrowness, darkness, and claustrophobics of the Dark Canyon. The Dark Canyon would make a perfect place for rock climbing for the climbers.
10. Nine Mile Canyon, Utah:
This canyon is about 40 miles long and is known as the world’s longest art gallery as it contains various rock arts primarily made by the ancient people of Fremont culture. The canyon was made by the Nine Mile Creek which is no longer a major river but it still is a primary source of water for the people here. The Nine Mile Canyon is packed up with pictograms and petroglyphs.
There are few more popular canyons are present in and around US which you must experience. I have listed down those as well below:
• Glen Canyon, near Page, Arizona, US
• Coyote Buttes, between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona, US
• Bryce Canyon, Utah, US
• Waimea Canyon, Kauaʻi, Hawaii, US
• Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas, US
• Zion Canyon, Utah
• Buckskin Gulch, Utah, US
• Canyon De Chelly, Arizona