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The Grand Canyon is a very colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, as one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the Grand Canyon area, a national park in the year 1919. The canyon, created by the Colorado River, is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 24 kilometers), and attains a depth of more than a mile (1.6 km). Grand Canyon National Park is one of the world’s premier natural attractions, attracting about five million visitors per year.