The Grand Circle - The Grand Canyon
Our Second stop on the Grand Circle road trip: The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a deep-sided canyon which has been formed over many years by the Colorado River. Its vastness overwhelms and excites my entire inner being. According to http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm, it receives over 5 million visitors per year and is 1 mile deep. It is considered one of the top destinations to visit in the United States and possibly of the entire world.
Since this was our fourth time going to the Grand Canyon, we decided to spend only one day exploring the South Rim. The South Rim is open year round and offers multiple free shuttle services throughout the year. The Canyon is also accessible from the North Rim from May to October. You can find out more detailed information by clicking on the National Park Service link above.
The Grand Canyon was our first National Park visited on our Grand Circle Trip. We ended up buying a National Park and Federal Recreational Lands Pass for $80.00. It is good to use for one year at any National Park/Forest/etc. and well worth the money. Check out http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html to buy one for your Grand Circle trip.
The Grand Canyon set high expectations for the rest of our Southwest road trip. A few tips while hiking the Grand Canyon - it is important to start your trip early, bring lots and LOTS of water and wear proper attire (unlike the shoes I was wearing that day.)
When visiting the Grand Canyon, may I suggest:
- South Rim Mule Rides
- Hike the Rim trail
- Take a train from Williams, AZ on the Grand Canyon Railway: http://www.thetrain.com
- Take a side trip to Havasupai Falls: overnight camping trip (reservations required ahead of time - on the Havasupai reservation): http://havasupaifalls.net/havasu.html, http://www.havasupai-nsn.gov/tourism.html