National Geographic : 1913 May
You can see the world's greatest scenic wonder in three days' time and at a cost of only thirty to forty dollars. No long ocean voyage is required. Nor is it necessary to set foot outside Uncle Sam's boundaries. And the money expense is moderate. Provided, of course, you visit the Canyon on your way to or from California. The marvel is that the annual roster of visitors does not exceed a hundred thou sand instead of being about one-fourth that number. If Emperor of Arizona I would decree that everybody passing through should pay tribute to this titanic chasm at least once. But all one can do, in this land of the free, etc., A. D. 1913, is to set up a guidepost and ask the passer-by to stop and look. The Grand Canyon is sixty-five miles north of Williams, in northern Arizona. Williams is on the transcontinental line of the Santa Fe. There's a railroad to the rim, and a through Canyon Pullman on the California Limited. The extra railroad fare is only seven dol lars and fifty cents. Add two and a half dollars, if the Canyon sleeper is occupied. It will cost you between four and eight dol lars a day at El Tovar Hotel, and about three dollars a day at Bright Angel Camp annex. The customary rim road and trail trips can be made for as little as fifteen dol lars. The special camping tours cost extra and are worth the money. El Tovar is more than a hotel. It is a home and a club. Merely that guests may have pure water to drink, and plenty of aqua pura to bathe in, the precious fluid is brought in tank cars from springs more than a hundred miles distant. Fred Harvey manages this log-cabin inn; here Harvey service is at the top notch. Luxurious coaches are provided for the rim drives, manned by drivers who can keep still in sixteen languages. Sure-footed mules make the trails safe, bossed by guides who can throw the most complicated "hitch," and explain everything except how the Canyon was formed. Hermit Rim boulevard and Hermit trail, newly built, have opened up a new region. You may have thought of the Grand Canyon only as something to look at-a mammoth panorama. It is in fact a most thrilling spectacle and an enormous one. But please remember that it also is a place for rest and recreation. Here, far from ac customed scenes, you may breathe a wine like air and acquire an enviable tan. You may spend weeks in the saddle, camping at night in the pine forests, or on the treeless desert, or down in the big gorge. Yet, when all is said and done, the great lure is the colorful Canyon itself. Whether seen at dawn, at high noon, when twilight comes, or under the friendly stars, the sight fascinates you. Step to the brink, look down and across. Presto! the purple-red mystery has entered your soul forever. The geologist can name every stratum of this gigantic layer-cake, from the top lime stone down to the granite through which the tawny Colorado has cut a narrow way. He sees, as in a vision, the slow procession of geologic time. To him, in truth, a day is as a thousand years. The artist mainly cares for the divine coloring and the infinite diversity of form and structure. You and I perhaps will be attracted by other phases. For each person there is a special message. You can obtain a copy of illustrated book, "Titan of Chasms," by writing to Mr. W. J. Black, Passenger Traffic Mana ger, A. T. & S. F. Railway System, 1082 Railway Exchange, Chicago. The cover of this book is a four-color re production of a painting of the Grand Canyon by W. R. Leigh. The text comprises articles by Major Powell, Chas. F. Lum mis, and C. A. Higgins. "Geographic readers may depend upon the character of our advertisers."