40+ Best Grand Canyon Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Grand Canyon Quotes

You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view, as if it were a changeless spectacle from which a curtain might be lifted, but to see it, you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths. — John Wesley Powell

If you hear Thelonious Monk play a run that goes from the top of the piano, OK, he has opened up the Grand Canyon with that. He’s the river that’s carved this entire space that we call the Grand Canyon. He does that with one run. He lets you know, like, what the possibility of the sound of the piano can do. — Jason Moran

My goal is that after seeing ‘Grand Canyon,’ every person in the audience will go home knowing they have to conserve water: even something as simple as installing a low-flow toilet or showerhead, or turning off the faucet while they’re brushing their teeth. — Greg MacGillivray

I’d like to see more of Colorado, Utah, and maybe go to Yellowstone. Oh, and I’d like to kayak down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. — Jesse Spencer

My family was lower middle class, and my parents both worked, so we couldn’t take proper vacations. We’d go for three days to Santa Barbara or to the desert, so my first real vacation came was when I was 12, when friends of my parents were taking their kids away. We went to Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park in Arizona and Utah. — Harry Shearer

There’s not a single person in Arizona today who would say the Grand Canyon was a mistake. — Stewart Udall

Every season has its peaks and valleys. What you have to try to do is eliminate the Grand Canyon. — Andy Van Slyke

I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also. — John McCain

For years, I have been working on crossing the Grand Canyon. Actually, there is nobody who says ‘no,’ but since this is a project that comes from me and not a commission, I have to find the money, plan the logistics, etcetera. — Philippe Petit

We’ve got to step up our conservation efforts before it’s too late. We’re not protecting our lands and natural resources. Take the Grand Canyon for example; I’m sure that at one time it was a beautiful piece of land, and just look at the way we’ve let it go. — Pat Paulsen

I can still remember my first experience of standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon and looking into it. It was so awesome, it took a fair amount of restraint to prevent me from jumping into it, because I was certain I could fly. — Mark Goulston

Maybe you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but like every American, you carry a deed to 635 million acres of public lands. That’s right. Even if you don’t own a house or the latest computer on the market, you own Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and many other natural treasures. — John Garamendi

I am Hualapai. We are located in Northern Arizona, at the Grand Canyon. We own the Skywalk area. — Kiowa Gordon

In golf, ‘close’ is like the north and south rim of the Grand Canyon. — Johnny Miller

We did a lot of those road trips, all the mandatory stuff that you should when you’re a kid, like Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon and the Sequoias and the western coast. — Vicki Lawrence

I went to the Grand Canyon with my family when I was about 8 years old, and I had a very blah experience. I think the scale of it is too huge – you don’t appreciate it. — David Roberts

I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon so that’s a process we’ll start working on. I’d say within three to five years I’ll accomplish that as well. — Nik Wallenda

Nearly every president in the past 100 years has declared national monuments, from Teddy Roosevelt creating the Grand Canyon National Monument to George W. Bush preserving 10 islands and 140,000 square miles of ocean waters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. — Frances Beinecke

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. — Don Marquis

Bryce Canyon isn’t as famous as the Grand Canyon, but it is just incredible – nothing compares to it. — Harry Shearer

It’s always been a luxury to be able to hop a plane to Paris, to Venice, to the Grand Canyon. — Nancy Gibbs

It’s not at all naturally human to see something like the Grand Canyon as beautiful. — David Roberts

It’s like trying to describe what you feel when you’re standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon or remembering your first love or the birth of your child. You have to be there to really know what it’s like. — Jack Schmitt

I have an admiration for Mr. Eastwood that borders on the kind that I have for the Grand Canyon. Like it, he is craggy, worn, awesomely impressive and unique, a living four-star tourist attraction that, in the formulaic words of the Guide Michelin, ‘vaut le voyage.’ — Michael Korda

I wish they’d build a ski jump at the Grand Canyon; it’d be fantastic. — Eddie the Eagle

The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail. — John Wesley Powell

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal. — George Will

Am I the only one who can’t seem to reconcile the grand canyon of cognitive dissonance I feel when people with much more important jobs than I have manage to score much lengthier times off? — Kevin Bleyer

It took five days to drive to Los Angeles by myself. I listened to Abbey Road for six hours at a time and watched the desert open up before me again and again. I saw the sun set and rise at the Grand Canyon, and I sang out over the cliffs, picked up tumble weeds along the way and threw them in the back of my car. — Madi Diaz

Politicians wanted to mine the Grand Canyon for zinc and copper, and Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘No.’ — Douglas Brinkley

New nemeses keep racing fresh, but I also find challenge in going longer, with only the distance as foe. I run my first 50-mile race, journey across the Grand Canyon and back, circumnavigate Mount St. Helens. — Don Kardong

I had a few fibroids removed, and they left me with a Grand Canyon of scar tissue in my uterus. The doctors weren’t sure I’d be able to reproduce. I was prepared for a rough road, and then out of nowhere we conceived. — Holly Marie Combs

When I did the video for ‘Holding Out For A Hero,’ we filmed that on top of the Grand Canyon, and that was quite frightening. I was close to the edge, and there was a helicopter hovering about, creating a lot of wind, and I was nervous I was going to fall off. — Bonnie Tyler

In October 2014, for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century, a gray wolf was seen loping along the forested North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. She had walked hundreds of miles, probably from Wyoming or Idaho. — Lydia Millet

You can’t say you’re going to jump the Grand Canyon and then jump some other canyon. — Evel Knievel

I think what I would really most like to write about is palm trees and bougainvillea and hummingbirds. I would like to go into the desert and write about salamanders and the Grand Canyon, but history keeps rupturing my experience because politics are everywhere. — Robin Coste Lewis

I wrote my senior essay on the Santa Fe Writer’s Colony and my dissertation on sacred landscapes – the Grand Canyon, the Dakota Badlands. As a setting, I love the West. I just love that western landscape. — Elise Broach

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. — Don Marquis

Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do. — Edward Abbey

I don’t believe that anyone can see the Grand Canyon area for themselves and not know that we have to do everything we can to protect it for future generations. — Nolan Gould

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