Natural Features & Ecosystems

A Natural Wonder of the World

A natural wonder of the world, the Grand Canyon mesmerizes people from across the country, continent and planet thanks to its brilliant natural features. The geological marvel is one of the world’s most complete records of geological history, with geological information dating back to millions of years. Of the seven life zones, five can be found at the park.

A Semi-Arid Desert with Diverse Habitats

Although the overall park is essentially semi-arid desert, there are diverse habitats present in the various elevations across the canyon’s slope. Vegetation thrives around the river, and so do sandy beaches. In the desert scrub you can find warm desert scrub species as well a wide range of cacti. A spruce-fir forest sits on top of the park’s North Rim.

The Colorado River serves as an oasis for the Grand Canyon’s flora and fauna. The river’s tributaries, seeps, pools and springs also support this important oasis function. Moreover, the arid climate has facilitated the preservation of paleontological artifacts at the park; several prehistoric fossils were recovered in excellent condition from deep inside the Grand Canyon’s caves.



A Delightful Combination of Diverse Ecosystems & Stunning Natural Features

The Grand Canyon National Park is a delightful combination of diverse ecosystems and stunning natural features. Millions of people visit the park each year, immersing themselves in the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon. The place is perfect for reflecting on the time that ancient people spent here and their activities. From remnants of prehistoric animal and plant life to existing inhabitants of the current ecosystems, there are certainly a lot of wonderful things to see, hear and experience at the Grand Canyon National Park.

There are many levels, literal and figurative, of discovery at Grand Canyon. You should read up on the natural features and ecosystems of the place when you plan a trip to this amazing park.