Take Us Along Winner

Mark Brockman

This week's Take Us Along winner is Mark Brockman of Connersville, Ind. He took Indiana Auto & RV along on a trip to the Grand Canyon and is shown with a copy of the popular magazine as he looks north from the South Rim.

The Grand Canyon National Park, with the Colorado River flowing through it, is located in northwestern Arizona. It is known for its size and color, encompassing over 1.2 million acres. The canyon has a desert environment with temperatures over 100 degrees in the summer. It became a national monument in 1908 and became a national park in 1919. In 1979, it became a World Heritage Site. The Ancestral Puebloans, or Anasazi Native Americans, were the first to live in the canyon, having settled there in 1200 BC. The Pueblos considered it a holy site and made pilgrimages there. Spanish explorer Garcia Lopez de Cardenas was the first European to see the canyon. He arrived in 1540. The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level. The Grand Canyon Village is located there and visitors arrive by car or by the Grand Canyon Railway. The North Rim is only open when the weather permits. It is 8,000 feet above sea level and is more remote than the South Rim. It is 220 miles from the South Rim or 21 miles across the canyon by the Kaibab Trails.