Located in northwestern Arizona on the Colorado, the Grand Canyon is about 277 miles long with a width of 18 miles wide and a depth of 5,000 feet deep. The size of the canyon cuts all the way through the Colorado Plateau with an elevation of about 5,000 and 9,000 feet above the sea level.
Yes, the Diamond Creek Road goes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon but in an area where the canyon is far less dramatic than at GCNP South Rim, less deep, and less colorful.
As air sinks down into a lower elevation, it gets compressed, compressed air releases heat as energy. This caused the air mass to become even warmer. “This is why you can see temperatures in the 90’s at the top of the Grand Canyon but temperatures 20-30 degrees hotter at the bottom of the canyon,” Brink says.
Who owns Grand Canyon?
Despite these strategically located private in-holdings, the vast majority of the Grand Canyon is owned by the federal government, held in trust for the American people and managed by a varied collection of federal agencies. Indian reservations, state land, and private land surround these federal lands.
As we said above, the journey to the bottom of Grand Canyon is 10 miles long, and there is a big elevation change. If you are planning to hike down the Bright Angel Trail, it takes precisely 9.9 miles to reach the floor of the Grand Canyon, where the Bright Angel campground is located.