Welcome to the Grand Canyon Panorama Project. Want to dispense with the chatter and dive right in? Just click on the Enter button above and into the project you go, landing at whatever panorama is being displayed at that moment. Want to explore a bit first and then dive into the project at some specific location? Then click on the Gateway button in the menu bar above, wander through the gateway to find some place you like, and then click the Enter button on the page to enter the project at the location of your choice. Or if you want to learn a bit more about the project first before diving in, then view the introduction video in our How To section or read on.The project, at its core, is a collection of over 700 interactive, full 360 degree panoramas from throughout the whole of the Grand Canyon. But it is much more. With interactive maps and thousands of links among the panoramas, the project allows you to explore every corner of the canyon. Nothing can replicate the splendor of wandering down a hiking trail deep in the Grand Canyon, but few people have the time and physical ability to hike every significant trail in the park, as the author of this project has done over a decade, and this project is his effort to share the beauty and awe of the canyon that he feels with you.Most visitors to the Grand Canyon do not venture beyond the viewpoints of the North and South Rims, where they do witness the magnificent vistas that the rims present. But if you venture down into the canyon, many, many more magnificent, and very different, scenes await you. The view from the river, looking up at the spires and temples you see from above, is miles and thousands of feet of elevation different from the views from the rim. And as you descend into the canyon, you reach and pass through a succession of zones and rims, each with its own distinct character.
Hike down any of the major trails from the rim for a half hour or so, and you will reach the top of the Coconino Sandstone rock formation, which forms dramatic, steep cliffs, with correspondingly dramatic views from its top. Hike down for another hour or so, and you will reach the top of the Redwall Limestone, which forms even more imposing and daunting cliffs, and if you are in the right spot, provide you with your first glimpses of the Colorado River. Keep heading down for another hour or so, and you will reach the Tapeats Sandstone and the rim of the inner canyon, where you will find stupendous views of both the canyon’s temples and buttes rising above you and the Colorado River snaking though the inner canyon below, a portion of the park nearly invisible from the rim.
The Grand Canyon Panorama Project takes you to all these places and many more. The project includes maps of and panoramas shot along over 50 different trails and regions within the park, ranging from the very short, like the quarter-mile Cliff Spring Trail with just a pair of panoramas, to the incredibly long Tonto Trail, twisting and turning for over a hundred miles deep within the canyon, and with over 150 panoramas on it alone shot along its entire length.
Each map within the project is fully interactive, and can display topographical maps from the United States Geological Service or satellite imagery. You can see the trail routes, pan, zoom in and out, and see the locations of panoramas that can be clicked to be entered.
The panoramas within the project provide an even deeper level of interaction. You can choose to view each panorama scene just as you would see it at the spot. Or you can choose to have the project display markers within the scene that may be clicked to learn the name of the features you are seeing from the spot. Or you may choose to display markers that show all the other project panorama locations visible to you in line-of-sight from the spot, each of which may be clicked to fly directly to that scene. And some of the panorama locations go a step further, allowing you to see the same scene in different times of day or seasons, with the changed light providing dramatically different views.
For an in-depth presentation of all the ins and outs of exploring and navigating around the project, visit our How-To page.
The Grand Canyon Panorama Project is ongoing. Only about half of the hundreds of panoramas shot by the author over a decade are currently available within the project. The project does show you where all the future panoramas are located, and all will appear within the project in time. And today only a few, but eventually all, of the maps and panoramas in the project permit you to view a narrated tour of the trail or scene. Thus far only one trail and all if its panoramas, the very popular South Kaibab Trail from the South Rim, is fully narrated, but all will be in time.
You can watch the progress of the Grand Canyon Panorama Project, and be notified of and see new panoramas and tours as they are released, by subscribing to our email notification list, liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter. You can help spread the word about the project by sharing the project with your friends using the convenient social media share buttons, at the bottom of this and many other pages within the project. And you can let us know how we are doing by posting comments about each map and panorama in the project.