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Incredible Grand Canyon Timelapse Shows Rare Natural Phenomenon

Every year, more than five million visitors flock to Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, making it one of the world’s most-visited natural wonders and the most-visited national park in the USA.

On most days, you’ll be greeted by crystal clear skies. But, on other extremely rare days, you may get to witness something truly spectacular.

What may look like a roaring sea of clouds is actually what happens when cold air is trapped in the canyon by a layer of warm air. The moisture and condensation form the phenomenon is referred to as the “full cloud inversion”.

When this happens, the Grand Canyon is completely enveloped by fog, leaving visitors feeling as though they’re walking on clouds.

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The Grand Canyon was recently awarded the status of a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. The video was filmed as part of SKYGLOW, an ongoing crowdfunded quest to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible dark sky areas in North America.

How To Get There

  • Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
  • Drive 136km (1 hour, 20 minutes)
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

(All images and video: Harun Mehmedinovic)