If you visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, you will be able to learn more about the canyon’s history. One of the displays that features this information is the Trail of Time, an interpretive exhibit situated in this part of the canyon.

Reviewing the Trail of Time Display

This display uncovers the types of rocks that make up the canyon – from the oldest to current formations. You can find the oldest rocks, called Vishnu basement rocks, close to the bottom of the canyon’s inner gorge. According to the Trail of Time display, these rocks formed about 1.7 billion years ago. At that time, volcanic magma hardened, part of what was a volcanic sea.

Archaeologists, who have worked in the park, have discovered artifacts and ruins that date back about 12,000 years. This area was inhabited by humans during the Ice Age – a time when giant sloths, mammoths, and similar large animals roamed over the terrain. Spear points show evidence of prehistoric occupation.

Some of the Trail of Time Discoveries

Scientists confirm that hundreds of split-twig figurines have been found in the canyon’s caves – all of which were crafted from 1000 to 2000 BC. Anthropologists believe cave dwellers may have made and left the figurines to ensure successful hunts. Deer and bighorn sheep take the form of many of the small icons.

If you switch to fast forward and review canyon history in the 16th century, a lot of exploration was taking place – by Spanish adventurers. Spanish explorers, directed by Hopi guides, discovered and explored the canyon during this period.

However, it was not until the 1880s that pioneers began settling in the canyon, or around its rim. Most of the early settlers were seeking copper to mine. However, this notion was quickly forgotten when tourists began visiting the canyon after the rail line was built. The Trail of Time takes visitors on this journey to show them more about the canyon.

Grand Canyon Village

While the Trail of Time primarily covers geological history, Grand Canyon Village, in the South Rim, reviews the settling and development of the canyon by humans. This small settlement provides some of the best points from which to see the scenic beauty of the canyon, including Yavapai Point

If you have not visited the South Rim before, begin your visit at the park’s visitor center. Pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure for more information about the canyon’s sites and history. Highlights of the walking tour include the historic El Tovar Hotel, the Bright Angel Lodge, Hopi House, and Kolb Studio.

To get to the South Rim, contact a premium tour operator, such as Grand Canyon Destinations today. By using this mode of travel, you can obtain further details about sites and make traveling to the canyon streamlined and easy. Book a day trip now for your next Vegas holiday.

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.