While the Grand Canyon is not the largest on Earth, its formation and existence lend to the excitement of studying such formations. In fact, the Grand Canyon is listed as the eighth “greatest” ravine on the planet. Seven others outrank it when it comes to this designation.

Largest Canyon in Asia

You can find many of the “greatest” gorges in Asia, or in the countries of Tibet, China, and Nepal. For example, Yarlung Tsangpo is the greatest on the list, and is found in Tibet and China. Second on the list is the Indus Gorge in Pakistan. The Kali Gandaki Gorge in Nepal ranks third.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge in China and the Cotahuasi in Peru rank fourth and fifth on the list. Next is the Barranca del Cobre in Chihuahua, Mexico. This is followed by Hells Canyon in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, and then the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The World’s Second Largest Gorge

The Fish River Canyon, while not making the list of the greatest, ranks as the second biggest in the world and the largest on the African continent. It is also the second-most visited tourist destination in the country of Namibia. The gigantic ravine spans 100 miles long.

Canyons in the Solar System

The solar system’s largest ravine is the Valles Marineris, located on Mars. It spans 485 miles long and about six miles deep. By contrast, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles in length and 6,000 feet at the deepest point.

The Deepest Ravine on Earth is in the Deep-Sea

The deepest ravine on earth is the Mariana Trench, which is found underwater below the Philippine Plate. The underwater gorge descends 35,827 feet. However, it is still easier to witness the splendor of the Grand Canyon any day than trying to explore the Mariana Trench.

The Most Popular Canyon Destination

Most people who take a Grand Canyon tour are impressed with the experience. It is a mystical natural area that Native American tribes consider spiritual and significant. Therefore, a trip to this scenic wonder should be a part of a Vegas vacation trip. If you would like to take a brief reprieve from gambling and Vegas dining, embark on a day trip.

Choose A Tour Today

You can choose tour packages that lead to the South Rim or West Rim. Further details can be found online at the Grand Canyon Destinations website.

If you want to measure by popularity, you will find that the Grand Canyon easily outranks even the best gorges on earth. About 5 million visitors visit it annually. Now that is impressive.

About the Author

Kyle Gooverton

Kyle Gooverton

A Grand Canyon enthusiast! A local Las Vegas resident that loves the flora and the fauna of all things Southwest.