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New Year snow blankets the Grand Canyon (PHOTOS)

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DH Vancouver Staff Jan 04, 2015 9:40 pm

As if the Grand Canyon needed more sprucing, mother nature gave one of the seven natural wonders of the world a layer of snow just in time for the New Year.

With temperatures dipping well below seasonal, a rare major snowfall on New Year’s Eve transformed the barren desert lands and canyon’s North and South rims into a winter wonderland.

The Grand Canyon National Park Service wrote on its Facebook page that “this was quite the storm… one to be remembered.”

“It often snows on the North and South Rims during the winter. What is not so common is for it to be cold enough for the snow to reach the bottom of Grand Canyon.”

For those who have never been to the Grand Canyon, it is 446 kilometres long and is up to 29 kilometres wide. It has a maximum depth of 1,800 metres – about 600 metres taller than Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain.

The canyon was carved by the waters of the Colorado River two billions of years, and its layers unravels the region’s geological history.

grand canyon snow panorama
Image: Grand Canyon National Park Service

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A photo posted by Ross Goulet (@rouletg) on

Grand Canyoneering, fun way to start 2015. #grandcanyon A photo posted by anna lee-fields (@planetpeek) on

Grand Canyoneering, fun way to start 2015. #grandcanyon

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Neve no deserto #grandcanyon #arizona

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Canyon covered in snow! #grandcanyon #snow #gorgeous #fromtheground #storms #pilotwintercamp #comefly!

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#grandcanyon

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A photo posted by Oskar Liljefors (@liljeforsoskar) on

Just come back to Tucson, the trip to Grand Canyon was so awesome! #grandcanyon#snow

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Принимаю солнечные ванны в гранд каньоне! #grandcanyon #arizona #usaleti #snow #winter

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#instagramaz #grandcanyon #familytrip #instagramaz #AZ #beautifulview #view #snow #nofilter

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Amazing view of the north end of the #GrandCanyon — #HorseShoeBend #roadtrip #jw #jwphotographer

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Wow, that new coat looks great on you. Happy 2015

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Feature Image: Grand Canyon National Park Service

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