South Rim

When arriving at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim at first, most tourists find themselves at Mather Point, at the canyon’s entrance.

Mather Point at the South Rim

The viewing platform is named after Stephen Tyng Mather (July 4, 1867 – January 22, 1930), the founding director of the National Park Service. His merit is the proclamation of the Grand Canyon Preserve as a National Park in 1919. In many parks, as well as in Grand Canyon, people are able to see the following words on bronze markers that summarize his work:

Mather plaque

He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved, unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good he has done . . .

First view of the canyon

Shocking! An unbelievable feeling. Impression that can’t be expressed with words. The view of the “disordered” mountain strikes the human perception. An abyss that cannot be raked at once. The mind is getting lost in the rich colors and mosaic view of the Grand Canyon.

July 12, 1892. This is a warm place. I fainted when I saw that awful-looking canyon. I never wanted a drink so bad in my life. Goodbye. –  Gertrude B. Stevens.

This is an entry in one of the tattered and yellowed guest books at the Grand Canyon. Not everyone who saw this natural phenomenon, felt the same stormy feelings. But there is no person to stay indifferent, seeing it for the first time. There is no other creature of nature, to equal the monumentality of the canyon, and the only thing you can compare it with is a new born land.


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