We're here at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park this week. I can confirm that the GC is really, really big. At more than 250 miles long, up to 18 miles across, and a mile deep, it definitely lives up to its name.
We hiked down Bright Angel trail yesterday to the 3 mile rest house and back. This route took us down a few thousand feet of elevation and past many, many switchbacks. I don't know if we're just getting stronger or the hike wasn't that hard, but we both felt pretty good afterwards. Going that far also took us past the hoards of other park visitors who only walked a bit of the way into the canyon.
Yet, its still completely worth it. The Grand Canyon is just so vast, so impressive. There's really no comparison and if you haven't seen it, you need to at least once. We woke up early this morning to catch the sunrise rising over the canyon over the North Rim. We got some amazing views of the reds, oranges and greens of the canyon in the early light and also of a group of elk grazing right next to the road.