of the Most Stunning Canyons on Earth
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Canyons reliably provide some of nature’s most dramatic landscapes. Formed over thousands, often millions, of years by the process of erosion, most canyons begin as plateaus. Over time, water and weathering disperse the softer rock, leaving the harder remains as stunning testaments to the power of time. Found on every continent (and sometimes referred to as gorges), these fissures present both fascinating geology and endless opportunities for recreation — as challenging playgrounds for climbing, hiking, and rafting. Here are 15 of the most remote, grand, and beautiful canyons in the world.