Grand Canyon Flora
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon sits at 9000' elevation where the winter snow blankets the ground offering moisture to the desert environment. This gives rise to denser vegetation than that of the lower elevations at the South Rim. High on the Kaibab Plateau, sub-alpine meadows cover the land with grass, sedges and and colorful display of wildflowers. The quaking aspen are a gorgeous site in the autumn as the leaves change to yellow and the rows of white-barked trunks crowd together. At the relatively stable environment of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Engelmann Spruce thrive, even reaching heights of a hundred feet. This species of tree is a favorite for use as a Christmas tree. The young shoots of the spruce can be eaten and tea can be made from the needles. Evergreens add not only to year-round beauty but they are an essential life source for many of the animals in the park. They provide bark, seeds, cones for a varsity of uses and even water. The evergreens provide water by recycling water throughout their, sometimes gigantic tree trunks. other plant life also provides life to the animals of the canyon in similar ways. Water is essential in the arid canyon walls that are what makes this landmark so important to the west, and the entire United States, if not the planet. The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven living landmarks of our world and for that reason alone, it is great and grand and important to ever living thing.
Desert plants have adapted to living in the hot, dry environment of the Grand Canyon. Cacti have wide and shallow root systems that allow the plants to soak up moisture after a rain. Cactus is another plant that early native desert dwellers might have consumed. The common yucca's young stalks and flowers are edible and can be used to weave sandals, clothing and carrying pouches. Also edible is the pulp of the pad and fruits of the prickly pear cactus. Many gift shops in the National Park areas carry the extremely sweet prickly pear jelly. Many parts of the Grand Canyon are dry and arid and those places are host to several types of cactus. Succulents are important to the hostile environment of the most of the most arid parts of the Grand Canyon because they are a source of water and food for many difference species of animals. Water is the essential element of life.
Directions to the Grand Canyon North Rim - From Zion National Park, travel SR-9 to Mt. Carmel Jct., then turn south on US-89 to Kanab. There is only one stop light in Kanab; this is where US-89 changes to SR-89A. Fredonia, Arizona is just a few miles away, across the Utah - Arizona border. Take SR-89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then take SR-67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.
North Rim Grand Canyon Location - The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 85 miles from Mount Carmel Junction, which is located on the east side of Zion National Park. Many who visit the National Parks of Southern Utah add the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to their travel plans and those visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon often visit Zion National Park.
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