The Grand Canyon forms one of the most spectacular landscapes
on the Earth, characterized by readily visible multicolored erosional
forms, created over unimaginable time spans over a vast space of
277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.
Because of its proximity to the South Rim entrance
station and visitor center,
Mather Point - named after Stephen Mather,
the main instigator and first director
of the National Park Service - is where
most visitors first get a look over the Grand
Canyon. Unlike other nearby South Rim overlooks,
private vehicles are not restricted, so it is
only a short walk from Canyon View Plaza.