Now, virtually hike Grand Canyon through Google Street View

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 10:40 hrs

Google has now made it possible for you to take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon in the US state of Arizona.

The depths of the Grand Canyon are the latest isolated location to be captured by the increasingly intrepid Google team.

Now, you can witness and travel the depths of the world's most recognisable natural formations, and a national park, without having to leave the comfort of your swivel chair, with the help of a new project called Google Trekker that has mapped over 75 miles of trails, the Telegraph reports.

Employees for Google headed down into the Canyon on foot last October, with cameras mounted on backpacks to capture the area's surrounding landscape.

They captured images every two and a half seconds, highlighting some of the steep switchbacks that walkers must negotiate on the Bright Angel Trail, the paper said.

Within the canyon, the cameras showed a surprisingly verdant landscape, recording the change from juniper trees to scrub brush and flora skirting the Colorado River, it added.

According to the paper, in a post on the company's blog, Google said the images are helping to make their map of the area "even more comprehensive, accurate and easy to use than ever before." (ANI)

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