BusBank – School Field Trips to Grand Canyon
By Brandon Dudley April 5, 2011
There’s nothing quite like it. Majestic, epic, and breath-taking, the Grand Canyon astounds both young and old alike. And if you’re planning a school trip to Arizona, then you definitely won’t want to miss these Grand Canyon visitor tips:
- Head to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s open year-round and has an abundance of accommodation, entertainment, and dining options. Be sure to make all reservations (lodging, food, etc…) ahead of time as many places are extremely popular.
- Prepare for the high altitudes by keeping students hydrated and alert to altitude sickness symptoms. During warm months, the National Park Service recommends that Grand Canyon visitors drink one gallon of water per day. Awareness of altitude sickness symptoms (nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc…) will enable students to monitor their physical well-being. (Tip: consider booking rooms at a hotel that offers oxygen enrichment rooms. These can help accelerate acclimation to to high altitudes.)
- Plan on catching at least one sunrise or sunset at the canyon. Trust us. It’s worth it.
- Go on a hike. Remember, as a general rule it will take twice as long to climb back up the canyon as it will to hike down. Schedule a tour with a knowledgeable guide and you’ll witness spectacular views and learn about the history of the canyon. Just make sure that all students pack water for any hikes, walks, or climbing activities. (Tip: if you are taking a small group of students then consider going on a rafting tour, Jeep tour, or Mule trip.)
- Check out the Tusayan Museum (free admission and open daily from 9am – 5pm). Your students will learn about Pueblo Indian life and can explore 800 year old ruins.
- And whatever you do, don’t miss the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This “U” shaped bridge juts out over the canyon and allows visitors the experience of walking on air – 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. Your students will never forget it.
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