Grand Canyon Fun Facts

The following is a list of the most popular Grand Canyon Fun Facts for kids and adults. Included are many cool Grand Canyon science facts, such as the lizards that shoot blood from their eyes.

  1. Most of the Grand Canyon consists of rock that is 1 mile deep, 18 miles wide and 277 miles long.
  2. There are more than 20 layers of rocks throughout the Grand Canyon.
  3. The Grand Canyon is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world.
  4. Over the course of millions of years, the Grand Canyon was formed in four major steps.
  5. Sedimentary rocks form the middle and top layers of the Grand Canyon.
  6. More than 5 million people visit this large attraction every year. According to National Geographic this makes the Grand Canyon the second most visited park after the Great Smoky Mountains.
  7. Major John Wesley was the first person to explore the Grand Canyon in 1869 by the way of the Colorado River.
  8. Erosion is the main reason that the Grand Canyon was formed.
  9. As hikers walk through the Grand Canyon, they experience different ecosystems.
  10. Every plant and animal that lives in the Grand Canyon has a specialized adaptation that allows them to survive in different ecosystems.
  11. Grand Canyon Fun Facts - Blood Shooting LIzardOn the Grand Canyon fun facts list this next fact may be the coolest. If you didn’t see the picture you would think we are making this up. But it’s true, the short-horned lizards that live in the Grand Canyon are known to shoot blood from their eyes to scare away predators. (To be honest, I think it would scare most humans as well.)
  12. Scorpions avoid the heat of the summer by being nocturnal.
  13. There are more than 1,750 plant species throughout the different ecosystem.
  14. Humpback ChubThe different waters in the Grand Canyon are the home of 17 different fish species. One of the more interestingly “created” fish (seen on the right) is the Humpback Chub. The Humback Chub is a native Grand Canyon fish that can be found along the banks on Colorado River.
  15. More than 2,000 people live in the Grand Canyon. (That is all year round.)
  16. This large attraction is the home of 91 mammal species and 47 reptile species.
  17. In order to prevent large canopy fires, wildland firefighters create small fires called prescribed burns.
  18. Fires that burn low are actually good for the forest ecosystem.
  19. The desert ecosystem is located 4,500 to 1,500 feet above sea level and is home to scorpions, cacti, snakes, bighorn sheep, agave and Mormon tea plants.
  20. 7,300 to 4,000 feet above sea level is the Pinyon-Juniper Woodland ecosystem. This system is inhabited by pinyon pine trees and juniper.
  21. The Boreal and Ponderosa Pine Forest is located 10,000 to 7,000 above sea level and consists of aspen, pine, spruce and fur trees along with deer, mountain lions and squirrels.
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