Looking for Grand Canyon quotes for the right words to describe that feeling of witnessing nature’s brilliant phenomenon? Well, it’s not something unique because the majestic Grand Canyon renders its visitors speechless by its enchanting landscapes, surreal valleys, and the dance of colors no matter the time of the day.

If visiting Grand Canyon in the Arizona state is one of your USA travel bucket list items, or you are just back from there and want the perfect
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“There will never be a photograph of the Grand Canyon that can adequately describe its depth, breadth, and true beauty” – Stefanie Payne

“It is a spectacular illusion – a deeply three-dimensional scene flattened onto an earthly canvas.” ― Stefanie Payne

“In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Beautiful Grand Canyon quotes

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

“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

“With what you don’t know about me, I could just about fill the Grand Canyon.” — Kevin Smith

“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 if you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths.” — John Wesley Powell

“I sit watching until dusk, hypnotized. I think of the sea as continually sloshing back and forth, repetitive, but my psyche goes with the river- always loping downhill, purposeful, listening only to gravity.” ― Ann Zwinger

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“This landscape is animate: it moves, transposes, builds, proceeds, shifts, always going on, never coming back, and one can only retain it in vignettes, impressions caught in a flash, flipped through in succession, leaving a richness of images imprinted on a sunburned retina.” ― Ann Zwinger

“Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe it. A flower is beautiful. But this is beautiful the way that a person is beautiful- terrifying with its jagged edges, yet seductive with its crevices that hide so many secrets.” ― Jeri Smith-Ready

“It is a new Grand Canyon, the same but wonderfully different. And just after sunset, the reds deepen to dim purples and the grays and yellows and greens change to magical blues. In the dark of a moonless night, the canyon suggests unimaginable mysteries.”

“The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse.” — John Wesley Powell

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“What can be more soul-shaking than peering through a 100-inch telescope at a distant galaxy, holding a 100-million-year-old fossil or a 500,000-year-old stone tool in one’s hand, standing before the immense chasm of space and time that is the Grand Canyon, or listening to a scientist who gazed upon the face of the universe’s creation and did not blink?” – Michael Shermer

“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 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


Below is the list of Grand Canyon quotes from the explorers and writers that have traveled in this national park only to fall in love with its brilliance.

Through these travel quotes about the Grand Canyon, virtually get lost in this paradise until you can be there to experience this phenomenon better.

“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.” — Harrison Schmitt

“The Grand Canyon is living evidence of the power of water over a period of time. The power may not manifest immediately. Water can be very powerful, like a tidal wave.” — Frederick Lenz

“Truly, Arizona is a wonderland, and in the Grand Cañon, one can think of nothing but the Abomination of Desolation.” – John G. Bourke

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

“I once met a man who said he had visited every exotic place from the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall, but when I questioned him closely. I discovered he hadn’t seen the songbirds in his own backyard.” — Richard Bode

“The astonishing sense of connection with that river and canyon caught me completely unaware, and in a breath, I understood the intense, protective loyalty so many people feel for the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. It has to do with truth and beauty and love of this earth, the artifacts of a lifetime and the descent of a canyon wren at dawn.” ― Ann Zwinger

“It’s like if you lived in Arizona and someone says she was in the Grand Canyon.”

“The big, blazing truth about man is that he has a heaven-sized hole in his heart, and nothing else can fill it. We pass our lives trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles.” — Peter Kreeft

“It doesn’t have to be the Grand Canyon, it could be a city street, it could be the face of another human being – Everything is full of wonder.” – A.C. Grayling

“Anybody who travels knows that you’re not really doing so in order to move around – you’re traveling in order to be moved. And really what you’re seeing is not just the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see when you’re sleepwalking through your daily life.” — Pico Iyer

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

“Life is supposed to be a series of peaks and valleys. The secret is to keep the valleys from becoming Grand Canyons.” — Bernard Williams

“If you are working, almost like with layers of the Grand Canyon, there’s history within those layers.” — Leonardo Drew

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

“When your spirit cries for peace, come to a world of canyons deep in the old land.” – August Fruge

“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 sunset and rise at the Grand Canyon, and I sang out over the cliffs, picked up tumbleweeds 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


“You wait in heat like this, scanning the horizon for a cloud, sometimes through a haze of wildfire smoke that turns the world orange, when a drop of rain would be a miracle.” – Craig Childs

“Sunsets remain synonymous with Arizona as saguaros, snowbirds, and the Grand Canyon.” – Mark Nothaft

“The Colorado River did not form the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon was formed as the flood went down.” – Kevin Hovid

“The sky is a meadow of wild star and flowers” – Ann Zwinger

“Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.” — Theodore Roosevelt

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

“I believe in science and evolution. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon.” — Bill Walton

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

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


Below list of grand canyon captions are perfect if you are looking for some cool Grand Canyon one-liners.

A real treat to the eyes

Heaven on Earth.

As free as a bird

Call of the wild!

Grand Canyon – A date with nature.

Just another day in paradise.

Let nature cleanse your soul

Nature’s work of art

Grand Canyon State. Rightly said

Colors from the heavens.

Earth’s Mighty Crack.

Letting nature take its course.

Nature Child

Seeing the Grand Canyon for yourself? Priceless


“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

“Well, once you’ve been in the Canyon and once you’ve sort of fallen in love with it, it never ends. It’s always been a fascinating place to me, in fact, I’ve often said that if I ever had a mistress it would be the Grand Canyon.” — Barry Goldwater

“Crying. Acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon.” – Ron Swanson 

“If you’re ever thinking ‘Oh, but I’m a waste of space, I’m a burden’ remember, that also describes the Grand Canyon.” — Maria Bamford

“Myths that need clarification: “No matter how many times you see the Grand Canyon, you are still emotionally moved to tears.” False. It depends on how many children the out-of-towners brought with them who kicked the back of your seat from Phoenix to Flagstaff and got their gum caught in your hair.” — Erma Bombeck

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“I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks.” ― Paul Rudnick

“I would rather stumble by chance on a tiny stream in the woods than planning a trip to the Grand Canyon.” – Marty Rubin

“When visiting the Grand Canyon, make sure you hike into the canyon. And be careful not to fall or step in mule poop.” ― McKenna Shay

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

“Majestic doesn’t appeal to us. We Americans like the Grand Canyon better with Clarence and Arlene parked in front of it, smiling.” — Garrison Keillor

“I could throw 56-pound words clear across the Grand Canyon. As a matter of course, I went into politics.” — Henry F. Ashurst

“When the last living thing has died on account of us, how poetical it would be if Earth could say, in a voice floating up perhaps from the floor of the Grand Canyon, “It is done.” People did not like it here.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“The Grand Canyon? Ummm I guess. What about Miami?! We can take in the cultural sights like the aquarium. And stuff.”


“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon – forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop; from cataract to bubbling fountain.” — John Wesley Powell

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“There seemed to be a pattern to the drips from each seep, a pattern I had heard before, wondering each time if there might be a sort of specific timing. The sounds were predisposed, unaware of anything more important than their own syncopation.” ― Craig Childs

“The Grand Canyon is carven deep by the master hand; it is the gulf of silence, widened in the desert; it is all time inscribing the naked rock; it is the book of earth.” — Donald C. Peattie

“The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a magnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves.” — John Piper

“If there is a point to being in the canyon, it is not to rush but to linger, suspended in a blue-and-amber haze of in-between-ness, for as long as one possibly can. To float, to drift, savoring the pulse of the river on its odyssey through the canyon, and above all, to postpone the unwelcome and distinctly unpleasant moment when one is forced to reemerge and reenter the world beyond the rim-that is the paramount goal.” ― Kevin Fedarko

“I had come to the canyon with expectations. I wanted to see snowy egrets flying against the black schist at dusk; I saw blue-winged teal against the green waters at dawn. I had wanted to hear thunder rolling in the thousand-foot depths; I heard the guttural caw of four ravens. What any of us had come to see or do fell away. We found ourselves at each turn with what we had not imagined.” ― Barry López

“We are all starved for the glory of God, not-self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self.” — John Piper

“The Grand Canyon which yawns between the writer’s concept of what he wants to capture in words and what comes through is a cruel abyss.” — Fannie Hurst

“I pace the shallow sea, walking the time between, reflecting on the type of fossil I’d like to be. I guess I’d like my bones to be replaced by some vivid chert, a red ulna or radius, or maybe preserved as the track of some lug-soled creature locked in the sandstone – how did it walk, what did it eat, and did it love sunshine?” ― Ann Zwinger

“But to carve the Grand Canyon, Earth required millions of years. To excavate Meteor Crater, the universe, using a sixty-thousand-ton asteroid traveling upward of twenty miles per second, requiring a fraction of a second. No offense to Grand Canyon lovers, but for my money, Meteor Crater is the most amazing natural landmark in the world.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

“He meant the Grand Canyon was only a mood of nature, a bold promise, a beautiful record. He meant that mountains had sifted away in its dust, yet the canyon was young. The man was nothing, so let him be humble. This cataclysm of the earth, this playground of a river was not inscrutable; it was only inevitable—as inevitable as nature herself. Millions of years in the bygone ages it had lain serene under a half-moon; it would bask silently under a rayless sun, in the onward edge of time.” ― Zane Grey

“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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“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

“The Grand Canyon is too grand for a steady diet. It is so overwhelmingly impressive that you can not continue indefinitely on that exalted emotional level. In the parlance of the connoisseur of paintings, the Canyon is a “museum-piece.” Let the beauty-lover beware of going anywhere else on earth! For the Zambesi, the Yellowstone, the fjords of Norway, Switzerland, the Rocky Mountains will by comparison all seem tame and colorless. There is only one way by which he can avoid a jarring anti-climax. That is to lay in a proper supply of oxygen and condensed foods and take an airship for a tour of the chief Martian winter resorts. Yes, and there is one alternative: Let him take an armchair for those wonderlands of the human imagination which alone are more sublimely fair than the irised mountain range that God inverted in the heart of Arizona.” – Robert Haven

“In that hushed and breathless moment when the day is almost done, and the trees of the forest are filled with mysterious colors that have no name, clouds descend the stairway of the sky to mingle with the mountain peaks. From the copper canyons of the west, they steal the glowing embers of the dying sun and scatter them in the blazing climax to light campfires in the sky.” – John Martin Scott

“The Grand Canyon is really a motion picture. There is the Grand Canyon of the early morning when the light slants lengthwise from the Painted Desert. The great capes of the northern rim shoot into the picture, outlined in golden light against which their shapes gloom in hazy blues. Certain temples seem to rise slowly from the depths or to step forward from hiding places in the opposite walls. Down on the green floor, the twisting inner gorge discloses here and their lengths of gleaming water, sunlit and yellow. An hour later all is wholly changed. The dark capes have retired somewhat and now are brilliant-hued and thoroughly defined. The temples of the dawn have become remodeled, and scores of others have emerged from the purple gloom. And just after sunset, the reds deepen to dim purples and the grays and yellows and greens change to magical blues. In the dark of a moonless night, the canyon suggests unimaginable mysteries.” – National Park Service Journals

“They hike almost three miles without incident, and it’s amazing to watch the colors leach back into the desert after the day’s blanching. There’s a moment, Lydia realizes, or no, more than a moment – a span of perhaps fifteen minutes just at twilight – when the desert is the most perfect place that exists. The temperature, the light, the colors, all hang and linger at some unflawed precipice, like the cars of a roller coaster ticking ever so slowly over their apex before the crash. The light droops ever farther from the sky, and Lydia can smell the heat of the day wicking away from her skin.” ― Jeanine Cummins

“I do not know, really, how we will survive without places like the Inner Gorge of the Grand Canyon to visit. Once in a lifetime, even, is enough. To feel the stripping down, an ebb of the press of conventional time, a radical change of proportion, unspoken respect for others that elicits keen emotional pleasure, a quick intimate pounding of the heart. The living of life, any life, involves great and private pain, much of which we share with no one. In such places as the Inner Gorge the pain trails away from us. It is not so quiet there or so removed that you can hear yourself think, that you would even wish to; that comes later. You can hear your heartbeat. That comes first.” ― Barry López

“Occasionally we glimpse the South Rim, four or five thousand feet above. From the rims the canyon seems oceanic; at the surface of the river, the feeling is intimate. To someone up there with binoculars, we seem utterly remote down here. It is this know dimension of distance and time and the perplexing question posed by the canyon itself- What is consequential? (in one’s life, in the life of human beings, in the life of a planet)- that reverberate constantly, and make the human inclination to judge (another person, another kind of thought) seems so eerie. Two kinds of time pass here: sitting at the edge of a sun-warmed pool watching blue dragonflies and black tadpoles. And the rapids: down the glassy-smooth tongue into a yawing trench, climb a ten-foot wall of standing water and fall into boiling, ferocious hydraulics.” ― Barry López

“Beyond the canyon, the cedared desert heaved higher and changed its aspect. The trees grew larger, bushier, greener, and closer together, with patches of bleached grass between, and russet-lichened rocks everywhere. Small cactus plants bristled sparsely in open places; and here and there, bright red flowers — Indian paintbrush, Flo called them — added a touch of color to the gray. Glenn pointed to where dark banks of cloud had massed around the mountain peaks. The scene to the west was somber and compelling.” – Zane Grey

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“The question haunted me, and the real answer came, as answers often do, not in the canyon but at an unlikely time and in an unexpected place, flying over the canyon at thirty thousand feet on my way to be a grandmother. My mind on other things, intending only to glance out, the exquisite smallness and delicacy of the river took me completely by surprise. In the hazy light of early morning, the canyon lay shrouded, the river flecked with glints of silver, reduced to a thin line of memory, blurred by a sudden realization that clouded my vision.” ― Ann Zwinger

“The extent and magnitude of the system of cañons are astounding. The plateau is cut into shreds by these gigantic chasms and resembles a vast ruin. Belts of country, miles in width, have been swept away, leaving only isolated mountains standing in the gap — fissures, so profound that the eye cannot penetrate their depths, are separated by walls whose thickness one can almost span, and slender spires, that seem to be tottering upon their base, shoot up a thousand feet from vaults below… The region is, of course, altogether valueless. It can be approached only from the south, and after entering it, there is nothing to do but leave. Ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last, party of whites to visit this profitless locality. It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River, along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way, shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed.” – Joseph Christmas Ives


Completing this epic list of Grand Canyon quotes with some funny puns and jokes about this natural wonder. Share these as Grand Canyon captions for Instagram pictures if you want to keep it humorous and witty.

The Grand Canyon is just gorges.

We’re having a Grand time!

Ain’t no caption grand enough to capture this view.

Canyon dig it?

These views are beautiful as far as the eye canyon see.

The Grand Canyon opens up before your very rise.

You’re in fine landform today.

Towering cliffs and deep gorges – isn’t it gorges?

Use caution near the edge

The Grand Canyon: it’ll knock your rocks off.

Never take Mother Nature for granite.

You can’t deny this view is gorges.

Don’t tell me too much about the Grand Canyon — I just want the cliff notes.

Plateaus are the highest form of flattery.

I can’t help feeling sedimental looking at these views

Have you camped in the Grand Canyon? It’s intents.

I’m rocking my brains for the last time I saw something this beautiful.

That’s it about the best Grand Canyon quotes that you can use as the captions for pictures of Grand Canyon National Park from your epic trip. Hope these beautiful quotes about the Grand Canyon inspired you to book a trip.

If you have more Grand Canyon captions that you would like to share, do let me know in the comments below.


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