5 Extreme Things To Do In The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is an amazing natural wonder that has been a popular destination for domestic and foreign holidaymakers in the US. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand Canyon is generally held as one of those ‘must see’ places.

Generally speaking, most people visit the Grand Canyon to take in the awesomeness of the panoramic views. However, if standing and looking into the wide abyss (as thrilling as it is) sounds a little dull, there are actually a wide variety of truly exciting things you can do from this amazing American landmark.

Helicopter Aerial Tour

Mostly people visit the Grand Canyon for those amazing vistas, as we have already noted. While it is truly awe-inspiring to view these from the edge of the canyon’s rim, there are even more spectacular ways to take in the sights.

You could for instance hire a helicopter tour that will take you above the rim helping to give perspective to the sheer depth of the canyon, before being dipped below the rim. This intense experience will help bring you up close to the rock formations that are hundreds of centuries old.

Along the way, you will have a guide that will be able to give you facts about the canyon and answer your various questions.


The Grand Canyon has a variety of biking trails and side roads alongside the rim that stretch for miles. If you are looking for an exhilarating and breathtaking way to enjoy the panoramic views of this natural wonder, why not do it on bike? Regardless of your ability or age, there are trails to suit all.

White Water Rafting

If the above is not nearly exciting enough for you, you can enjoy one of the ultimate adrenaline-junkie activities by white water rafting along the Colorado River. On this kind of excursion you are taken down the river by a team of professional guides over the course of a few days.  As well as the wet fun and speed of the rafting, you will also be able to enjoy astonishing views of the canyon sides and Indian ruins.

Incredible Hiking Trails

Hiking is another incredible activity you can participate in at the Grand Canyon. There are many different options open to you, so if you are a virtual beginner, younger or older or just not as fit as you would like to be, there are trails suitable for you. However, if you are more of a pro and in peak physical condition there are also hiking trails in and around the Grand Canyon to suit you.

Although there are a number of different options, we have chosen to highlight two of the most popular:

  • Bright Angel Trail – The Bright Angel Trail is one of the most popular and with good reason. This starts at the bottom of the canyon and takes you up it, giving you real appreciation for just how staggering it is in terms of size and scale.
  • South Kaibab Trail – South Kaibab Trail is more of a challenge, so even if you have experience in hiking, you need to be prepare yourself for a tricky time.


Although camping might not be the most exciting thing in the world, it can add an extra layer of romance and gives you a chance to enjoy the wonders of the Grand Canyon at different points of the day. There are a number of different options with regards to campsites, such as the Desert View Campground, Mather Campground, Trailer Village, Jacob Lake Campground and North Rum Campground.

For those seeking a liess adrenaline-filled experience, but are still seeking the get the best that this region has to offer, Grand Canyon guided tours can be offered through Caravan.com.  This 9-day tour includes stops in some of the premium spots across including Monument valley (Arizona), Zion National Park (Utah), and ending in the always-dazzling Las Vegas Strip (Nevada).

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