Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Location:Grand Canyon National Park NORTH RIM is located 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67
Grand Canyon National Park (SOUTH RIM) is located 60 miles north of Williams, Arizona

The Grand Canyon a place revered by many people. Once this was a place of mystery that was uncovered by John Wesley Powellís trip down the Colorado River. The Canyon now stands as one of natures greatest wonders.

North Rim - General Information

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is less visited than the South Rim. The long drive into the North Rim is well worth the trip. Each twist in the roads brings new things. You enter the park about 10 miles out before you get to the rim of the canyon. The tall pines line the roads around you. If you are careful you might notice a few watchtowers on your way in. There is less traffic and commercialization on this side of the Grand Canyon. It might have do to the time that it takes to drive it from just about any place. Be sure to read over the information that they give you at the park entrance. It will help guide you on your trip. After you arrive at the rim, be sure to walk around the lodge and visitor center see what there is there.

Planning is important when visiting the North Rim. There are lots to see and drive to. Make sure that you have planned your time wisely. If you just want a drive in see and leave. I donít recommend this at all. You will miss most of what you came to see. And your day will be longer than you think.

Visitor Center

A good thing to do once you reach the parking lot is to take a fast walk over to the visitor center. This is a good place to start your trip. When you enter the front of the building you will pass by a bronze statue of Brighty, the mule of the Grand Canyon. Here you can find out about weather and trail conditions. They also have information about daily classes that are available. More information about the park can be gathered here. Inside the Visitor Center has a lager model of the Grand Canyon. This will give you a good idea of distance and scale of just how big the canyon really is. The Visitor Center also has many books available on the Grand Canyon for all ages.

The Lodge

The Lodge is an old stone building that has been around for a long time. It has a wonderful back porch to look over the Grand Canyon. It is a wonderful place to just take in the grandeur of the canyon before you. The lodge has other purposes as well. There is a wonderful dinning area that has a wonderful view of the canyon as well. This is wold class dinning experience. If you plan to eat in the dinning area in the lodge be sure to make your reservations in advance. They have all three meals available at the Lodge. Also in the lodge you can make reservations for mule rides down into the canyon. Be sure to check to see if this may be something that would interest you.

Viewpoints to see:

If you have a little bit of time, and are willing to walk just a little bit. Bright Angel Point is well worth the walk. Just remember that you need to be in shape and carry lots of water. It will also be worth your while to consult with the Park Rangers before you do anything. They can tell you about conditions of the trails and weather as well. Be prepared ahead of time for getting this information.

Planning is important when visiting the North Rim. There are lots to see and drive to. Make sure that you have planned your time wisely. If you just want a drive in see and leave. I donít recommend this at all. You will miss most of what you came to see. And your day will be longer than you think.

  • Point Imperial
  • Visita Encantada
  • Cape Royal
  • Walhalla Overlook

Camping and Lodging

When planning a trip to the North Rim be sure that you find a place to stay way in advance. At least 5 months is the recommended time. There are few lodges and camping spots outside of the canyon, but those are few. It is wise to gather all the information about the area a head of time.

South Rim - General Information

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the busier of the two rims. Located near Flagstaff and a few other small towns. It is a travelers delight. There is something for just about every age. The Visitors Center is a great place to start. It will show you all about the canyon and places to see. There are many viewpoints along the South Rim. Each offers a different view of the canyon below. At each stop there are information about he view. The Information will show you what each of the points are named in the canyon below. Each layer of the canyon has it own name, and from the viewpoints you can see these clearly. A map that you receive when you enter the park will help guide you on your path.

Viewpoints to see:
  • Hermits Rest
  • Pima Point
  • Hopi Point
  • Yavapai Point
  • Yaki Point
  • Grandview Point
  • Moran Point
  • Lipan Point
  • Tusayan Ruin and Museum

Make sure that you plan lots of time to look around. There is always more to see than you can plan for. One thing that I suggest that you see is the Imax on the South Rim. It is a wonderful insight to the canyon. It will also show you the bottom of the canyon that most donít get to see.

If you have a little free time, you might think about hiking a little into the canyon. Be sure before you go in that you are prepared for all the things that you will need. Always carry extra water with you! It is a very dry area that the South Rims sits on. Before you go to far. Find a point at which you will stop and turn around. Always plan your hike before you go. Ask Rangers about the trail and what there is to expect.

If you have a little extra money and have reserved a head of time, you can have a mule ride to the bottom of the canyon to Phantom Ranch. It was set up ages ago and it is well worth the trip down to see it. You can also plan backpack trips to the bottom of the canyon. Day hikes to the bottom of the canyon, is only recommended for experienced hikers. You can get permits for this through channels in the National Park System. They suggest that you make plans at least 5 months in advance.

When planning your trip to stay at the South Rim. Please check out all the available places to stay before picking just one. Make sure that the rooms and facilities meet your needs. Most places take reservations 5 months in advance. Be sure that you have a reservation when you go. There will not be places available to stay if you donít.

Havasupai Tribe Reservation

This area is not officially part of the Grand Canyon National Park. But it is truly well worth the trip into see it. It is a 9 mile hike into the reservation. The hike in is free. But it cost money to stay there. Reservations are a required thing. You need to contact them about this way in advanced. 6 weeks is what I have heard is required. This area is not accessible by road, you can arrange for a horse or helicopter ride, but that cost money. Be sure that you can be lots of information about the area before you go.

There are 4 sets of waterfalls to see:
  • Navajo Falls - 1.25 miles from the village
  • Havasu falls - 1.5 miles
  • Mooney Falls - 2.5 miles
  • Beaver Falls - 6.5 miles

Each fall's is a certain distance from the village and where you will stay. As you can see noted above. The area to stay in is right above Mooney Falls.

The Havasupai Tribe now have a great web site with information on the area. I suggest taking a look at it to get a better idea of the area and if it is open or closed.