Let’s start with the go to definition and description of the canyon. A canyon or Gorge is a deep narrow valley that is carved from the landscape by the river. The river or the water body had a tendency to cut through the surfaces. In case of canyons, the river erodes the surface upon which they flow resulting in the emergence of underlying layers of rock.
Many canyons were formed by a long process of erosion. The cliffs are formed as the hard rocks are resistant to corrosion. These beautiful natural sculptures are some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth. In the following list, we present you the list of most beautiful and must see canyons of the World.
Here are the top 9 Most Incredible Canyons In The World
9. Bicaz Canyon,
The Bicaz Gorge is an attractive canyon located in North East of the country. The canyon was cut out by the waters of River Bicaz. The famous cliff dwelling bird, wall creeper is a major attraction for tourists. The canyon acts as passage between the states Transylvania and Moldova. A parallel road of 8 kilometers length, with rocks on one side and beautiful canyon views on other sides provides a breathtaking view of the gorge. The drive is considered as one of the most fabulous drives in Romania.
8. Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon is one of the major attractions for tourists and archaeologists in the Northern territory of Australia. Kings canyon gained popularity among tourist because of its similarities to Yosemite Valley. The gorge has been formed by giant glaciers during the Ice age. The canyon was accepted as national park in 1965. The gorge is famous for its domes formation, cliff and mesmerizing desert views. Kings Canyon National park is designated the UNCESO Sequola-Kings Canyon Biosphere Reserves. A walk through the canyon can really uplift your mood and morale even in the darkest days. The canyon is surrounded by desert which makes it a picture perfect location for some on in desperate need of a getaway.
7. Taroko Gorge
An impressive and stunning 19 km long canyon situated towards the East Coast of Taiwan. The complete area of Gorge is settled under the Taroko Gorge National Park. The Gorge was converted to National park in 1986 to conserve natural resources and promote environmental education. The Taroko gorge is known for its amazing relief and subtropical forest. In about the complete length of the canyon the height of the peaks can elevate from sea level to 3400 meters above sea level. In single day, one can easily travel from coastal cliffs to high elevation sub-alpine forest through the canyon which is amazing in itself. The canyon is habitat of almost 150 species of birds and 30 species of large mammals. The Taroko gorge also provides you an opportunity to please the adventure junkie in you with its astonishing hiking trails, River tracing and camping. The gorge perfectly portrays the classification of flora and fauna according to the climate and is one of the most beautiful canyons in the World.
6. Copper Canyon
Not a single Canyon but a group of six distinct canyons in the north western state Chihuaha in Mexico. The Canyon was formed by six different rivers that had drained the Sierra Tarahumara. The walls of these canyons are copper or green in appearance and hence had been named as Copper Canyons. These canyons provide habitats to almost 23 spices of pine and 200 spices of Oak Trees. The canyons are considered to be rich in flora and fauna. One can easily explore canyon via hiking, driving or my personal favorite Horseback riding. The most popular mean is though the train. The canyon has also been covered in the Favorite Television survival shoe Man vs Wild in Season 1 episode 12. The copper Canyon hold some of the indigenous spices of flora and fauna and hence is of utmost importance.
5. Colca Canyon
The third most visited tourist destination of Peru, The Colca Gorge is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon of United States. The canyon gets its name derived from the river that played a major part in its formation. The Valley is bright Andean valley having pre- Inca Roots and ancient town formed during the Spanish Colonial times. The inhabitants of the valley still maintain their ancestral traditions and culture which makes it unique and more interesting. The canyon is also the home for Vulture Andean Condor. The Canyon also provides perfect landscape and variety of flora and fauna. The giant humming bird, Goose, flamingo and many other spices can very easily be spotted in the Canyon.
4. Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is arguably the most beautiful canyons at present. We may know United States for the Grand Canyon, but Antelope canyon provides you some of the mesmerizing views and landscape that can’t be matched. A slot canyon located in Arizona, is a combination of two different canyons. The first one is known as Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. The Canyon was formed by the periodic erosion of Navajo Sandstone. The rains and flood in these areas are pretty common and a major cause of making the corridors deeper. Flooding in the monsoons is a frequent phenomenon in the canyon. When compared in term of Tourist visits and safety, The Upper Antelope Canyon seems to be the preferred destination. The major reason may be that it can be covered by ground level hiking and doesn’t require climbing. Another and the major reason is the gorgeous rocks and landscape of the Upper Canyon.
3. Indus Gorge
The River Indus has been in controversies in recent years. But amid these entire political discussions one cannot undermine the beauty of Indus Gorge. The river has been a topic of discussion for India and Pakistan. The Indus Gorge is regarded as deepest canyon in the world. The River cuts almost a depth of 4500 -5200 meters. The Indus River cuts through the Nanga Parbat and form one the most prominent canyons in the World.
2. Fish River Canyon
The very famous Fish River Canyon is situated in the southern part of Namibia and is the largest canyon of African continent. The canyon is mostly famous for a gargantuan ravine that runs around 160 km in length and 27 km in width. The canyon has evolved with periodic erosion by Fish River. It also provides the tourist with different adventurous activities. The Fish River Hiking trail is considered as one of the most beautiful and popular trails in Southern Africa. Apart from this one can find camps beneath the Camelthorn trees and the luxurious Namibia Wildlife Resorts. The Fish River Canyon is the second most visited tourist destination of Namibia. The Canyon also hosts one of its kinds An Ultra Marathon through the Fish River Canyon. The trail has been describes as one of the most beautiful and harshest trails in the World by various Marathon runners. The Canyon is certainly one of the must see places and should be in every one’s travel bucket list.
1. Grand Canyon
Undoubtedly, the most famous Canyon at present, The Grand Canyon of United States completes the list of most amazing canyons in the World. The stunning gorge runs through 450 km with a width of 29 km and depth of 1857 meters is observed at various places. The Canyon is carved by Colorado River, and is reported to be 5-6 million years old. The Grand Canyon is one of the World’s premier natural attractions having an average of five million visitors annually. Apart from being enthralled by the breathtaking scenery of Grand Canyon one can also enjoy different adventurous sports. Sky diving, rafting, hiking and Helicopter tours are available to one and all. The idea to persevere and promote Grand Canyon as a tourist spot was commenced by former president of United States Theodore Rooseevelt, who was a great admirer of the scenic beauty of the Grand Canyon.
So, the list of the most amazing and striking Canyons is available to you .Now your next step should be pick up a Bag pack and start exploring these gorgeous ravine. We highly recommend adding these to you travel bucket list. The canyons are perfect examples of artistic work of nature. It makes us think that how a river flowing through ages can slowly and gradually cut through the toughest of mountains. In my personal experience witnessing a Canyon is definitely a unforgettable experience.