Three thousand to four thousand years ago, Native Americans first inhabited the the Grand Canyon. The Pueblo Indians built adobe houses around the canyon and made animal figures out of twigs. The Hopi Indians believed when they died, their spirits came to rest in the canyon. The first American to cross the Colorado River was Hamblin in 1864. And in 1869 Major John Wesley Powell traveled the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. In 1905 the El Tovar, Hotel was built on the canyon rim. Seventy-five different species of mammal, fifty species of reptiles, twenty-five species of fish, and three hundred species of bird live in the Grand Canyon. In 1540 Francsico Coronado discovered the Grand Canyon, and congress declared Grand Canyon Preserve a National Park in 1919. The Grand Canyon is a vacation spot you will never forget. Look closely, and you might see a deer, or an elk, or even a California condor! The scenery is ever changing, as much as it is the same. In winter there is snow and in the spring there are wildflowers! You can take a donkey down into the canyon and back, camp out and hike or just stay in the world class El Tovar hotel and order room service! There is shopping and more and so much fun for kids and parents to have as the explore the enormity of the Grand Canyon. Take a walk through the pages of this book and see what photographer John D. Weigand and award winning author, attorney and former author Penelope Dyan saw, and know there is even more beauty and excitement for you when you take your own trip to the grand canyon!