Grand Canyon BrochuresHomeBrochures(click on brochure to open PDF) Journey Through Time/Grand Canyon Geology The South Rim of Grand Canyon marks the northern edge of a high plateau whose gray-green forests stand out in vivid contrast to the arid lands below the rim. From here the cliffs of Grand Canyon drop 5,000 feet/1,500 meters to the Colorado River, crossing several biotic zones.Nowhere on this planet are the scope of geologic time and the power of geologic processes as superbly and beautifully exposed as in these canyon walls. Civilian Conservation Corps Walking Tour Severe economic depression challenged the confidence of the people of the United States. One in four people were unemployed. Many were homeless. The Civilian Conservation Corps was created in 1933 to put young men to work on worthwhile conservation projects. At Grand Canyon the CCC built roads, trails, walls, shelters and much of the infrastructure that still is in use today.The walking tour travels a circular route in the Historic District of Grand Canyon Village of approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km), although you can begin at any point and walk as much of the loop as you wish. Desert View From ancient nomadic hunters to today’s visitors, human experience has shaped Desert View’s cultural landscape.A short ¼-mile (½-km) walk leads from the parking area, past historic buildings, to the rim. From Desert View Point you can see the Colorado River make a big bend to the west. Climb the stairs to the top of the watchtower for outstanding views of the canyon. Tusayan Ruin Welcome to Tusayan Pueblo Ruin at Desert View. (South Rim) People have lived on the Colorado Plateau for thousands of years. The Paleo-Indians, nomadic hunter/gatherers who lived here 5,000-10,000 years ago, left the earliest evidence. With the introduction of agriculture about 2000 years ago, villages (pueblos) like this one developed.