Grand Canyon National Park
Considered one of the natural wonders of the world, Grand Canyon National Park was established to preserve and protect the area’s natural and cultural resources, ecological processes, and scenic, aesthetic, and scientific values. Grand Canyon is also a World Heritage Site. The biological diversity at the park includes five of the seven life zones and three of the four deserts in North America; moving from river to rim is like traveling from Mexico to Canada. The park is the most biologically diverse of those in the Southern Colorado Plateau Network. At present, 315 birds, 88 mammals, 50 reptiles, 8 amphibians, 21 fishes (including 5 native species), and thousands of invertebrate species are known to reside at the park. Water resources within the park are substantial. Human use of the canyon may date as far back as 10,000 years. Today, eight Native American tribes have identified close cultural and sacred ties to the area.
Grand Canyon National Park is also part of the American Southwest Virtual Museum, a digital repository of photographs, maps, information, and virtual tours.