An estimated seventeen-million years have passed since a trickle of glacial melt that would become the Colorado River began winding its way across the Colorado Plateau. Aided by a deluge of fresh water from the retreat of the Ice Age, this watercourse slowly carried away countless tons of sandstone, shale, limestone, and volcanic deposits revealing geologic strata over two billion years old. Over a mile in depth, 18 miles in width, and 277 miles in length, the Grand Canyon has captured the awe and imagination of humankind for generations.
Over the past four-thousand years, the Grand Canyon and adjacent lands have been home to numerous peoples, including the Puebloans, Yuman, Havasupai, Walapai, Hualapai, and Navajos. Though many Western explorers preceded him, the first successful American river expedition was conducted by Major John Powell in 1869, who is credited with converting its name from "The Big Canyon” to "The Grand Canyon”. In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt ventured into the canyon and left enchanted; he subsequently established the Grand Canyon Game Preserve in 1906 then expanded the territory and redesignated it as a national monument in 1908.
Present-day attendance to Grand Canyon National Park exceeds four million per year, generating just under $500 million in visitor-spending which supports the jobs over some 7,600 Arizonans as well as conservation efforts for the many parks and reserves in Arizona. This handmade 17.5" x 13.5" x 2.5” artwork captures the intricacies of the canyon worn by the mighty Colorado River in ten topographical layers.
Custom location markers or trails can be added upon request. A portion of each sale goes to the National Parks Service, which funds conservation efforts for state and national parks across the US.
Photo Credit: Leland Meiners Photography