Trying to comprehend the vast geologic time recorded in Grand Canyon’s visible rock layers is a daunting task. A nearly two billion year span from top to bottom is enough to bewilder even the most hardened geologist. Help is arriving in the form of the park’s new Trail of Time. This assortment of wayside exhibits, viewing tubes, and trail markers spaced a meter apart (each representing a million years), will stretch form Yavapai Observation Station to Verkamp’s Visitor Center just east of Grand Canyon Village.
Collectively these teaching tools should help park visitors wrap their intellect around the otherwise abstract concept of our planetary history. The next phase of construction will begin on March 1st, with project completion slated for the late spring/early summer. This leisurely stroll on a paved walkway is suitable for all ages, and wheelchair accessible. If you’re visiting this summer, be sure to work it into your itinerary.