The Grand Canyon, 4 Corners, & Hoover Dam!
After a long trip through the Colorado Rocky Mountains we spent the night in Ouray, Co, a cute little town in a deep valley. We awoke to breath taking views of the Rocky Mountains once again. We then headed out to the Four Corners “the only place in the United States where four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado) come together at one place. Here a person can stand in four states at the same time.”
We then went on to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon!
Some facts and figures:
“The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 metres). Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.“
After the grand canyon it was on to pass over the hoover dam! “Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.”
Images from August 1st & 2nd, 2012