- from Grand Canyon
You could take a long hike through almost all the major environmental zones of the world.
It would be about 3,000 miles, from the Arctic Circle to Mexico! But it would be a lot easier just to hike down into the Grand Canyon.
There’s an 8,000-foot difference between the canyon’s highest and lowest places. The highest is on the North Rim, and the lowest is at the western bottom. Freezing temperatures and snow are common in the winter at high altitudes. At the bottom in summer, temperatures often go over 100°F!
The wide variety of climates means the canyon’s plant life is diverse. Even at the same elevation, it can be varied. That’s because some plants may face north in cool, shaded environments. Meanwhile, other plants may face south and be in hot, dry areas.