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- Wonderful, majestic, you just cannot miss it when you love nature at its very best. Also, do not miss flying with the helicopter to fully appreciate the extension of this natural wonder.Written 2 February 2023
- Keep in mind that Bright Angel is a very popular trail, so expect crowds. A short trip to the 1 mile resthouse point gives a different view. There is a restroom at the 3 mile point. A sight most miss is because it is common to look out and down but just past the arch/tunnel if you look up to the rim there are Petroglyphs at the edge. Cautionary note: the South Rim is at about 7,000 ft elevation so take your time. Hiking down is easy, hiking out is UPHILL all the way.
And please remember the basic hiking etiquette is uphill hikers have the right of way (they are working harder than downhillers) you will appreciate it when you go uphill.Written 31 January 2023
- Go potty before you start; bring water and snacks; dress in layers; good shoes a must; camera or phone camera; wear a hat. There are 3 stops on this trail; 1 mile, 1.5 miles, and 3 miles. Do the 1 mile if unable to walk the whole way. I am not 'in shape,' and though it was ok going down, it took almost twice as long to get up. IT WAS WORTH IT! and very doable. I walked slowly up, took water sip breaks, and was SO GLAD I pushed through and walked the mile hike to Ooh Aah point on the SKT. Take your time. The view is wonderful and there are Condor birds nesting nearby. Numerous pictures of ours have them soaring in the background. Enjoy!Written 22 November 2022
- We were there 11.16.22. It was cold, there were patches of ice on the road and trails (so drive slow, wear good shoes, and use caution). Dress in layers...dress warm! I was comfortable getting out of the car; cold shortly thereafter; warm within minutes of walking the trail. Layers. The trails are beautiful; there were birds, somewhat friendly, landing within feet of us (to our surprise); trails are clean and easy to walk; lots of places to look out and absorb GOD's majesty; we saw limited people, mostly couples, one family with younger kids; there are port a potties (with ample toilet paper); make sure to have water with you and snacks (there are no workers and nothing is open in late fall, winter months); it is worth the trip. We were told the North Rim is not as busy because it was not as 'beautiful' as the South Rim, and harder to get to. Well...it is a tad harder to get to... however...the Grand Canyon is just that. Grand. Beautiful. Majestic. It was worth the trip and we would do it again! (Yes, we went to the South Rim the next day...if you have time... DO BOTH!)Written 22 November 2022
- After taking in the view at Mather Point, near the visitors center, your reviewer decided to walk part of the Rim Trail to the west. It was a marvelous experience, with ever-changing views of the canyon. It is possible to walk as much or as little of it as one has time for. The trail is paved and level, and away from Mather Point, it has no railings or fences to obstruct the view (which might call for some caution if one is accompanied by small children).Written 21 December 2022
- Best view if on a short trip but be prepared for sharing the view with a lot of visitors even in the winter in the middle of the dayWritten 20 January 2023
- The Grand Canyon is easy to see from several points which we did only from the south rim, where we entered. I guess I have seen so many photos of it in my lifetime, that nothing surprised me. The vastness of it is so hard to comprehend when you're there unless you hike or go to more than one side of the canyon.
The thing I was disappointed in was that the South Rim Visitor's Center was closed...in September. Big surprise and it would have been nice to see the educational information that is often in the National Park's Visitor's Centers.
I'm glad I saw the GC, and there are many areas to stop with large parking lots including restrooms, and a walk to each overlook for viewing.
We were on a road trip through several states and of course included the Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks as well as the surrounding areas. See it we did! Throughout these areas there is also so much to see from the road driving through this several state area.
I found Zion to be the most stunning of all. But the Grand Canyon is just one of those you have to include. I'm not even including any photos of GC, because we've all seen them a thousand times without being there in person.Written 28 January 2023
- Well worth the drive great views interesting building and history need to take the stairs to the top you can get your Starbucks at the gift shop on the walk to the WatchtowerWritten 20 January 2023
- This view point is great from all perspective. 1st it has a great view of the Grand canyon itself. There are coffee and snack shop nearby. The washrooms are good. There is a small museum (free!). I think, people should spend some extra time in this place..Written 22 December 2022
- We loved the views from our Hopi Point vantage spot. It's situated so that you can see either sunrise or sunset. The way the light hits the canyon walls is quite beautiful. Hopi seemed to be the most popular of the spots at sunset when we were there. If you take the red shuttle in the canyon, it is easy to walk to the stop just before Hopi for a smaller crowd.Written 21 October 2022
- This reviewer is assuming that "East Rim Drive" means Desert View Drive, which is Route 64 east of the Park Service's visitors center all the way over to the park's East Entrance.
The drive is well worth the time for visitors who may not have one or two entire days to visit the Grand Canyon. The road is in very good condition and winds along the canyon's south rim; often it is through the trees, but there are a half dozen or more pullouts or parking areas with viewpoints, and one can stop at as many or as few as one's time allows. Then after leaving via the east entrance, it's about 25 miles to route 89 and from there one can go south to I-40.
Watch for elk grazing among the trees, especially south of the road.Written 21 December 2022
- Of course, each and every turning point you keep taking pictures and it just seems to get better and better. This was an absolutely incredible spot. A must stop to take in the beauty here.Written 14 January 2023
- Lipan Point is one of the overlooks along the Desert Rim Drive (aka East Rim Drive). The point offers a panoramic view from west to east across the Grand Canyon, and there is a sign on the fence about the geologic process at work, noting that the river has cut all the way down to the granite bedrock of the area. One can also glimpse a smudge of whitewater on the Colorado River off in the distance over to the left, at the very bottom of the canyon. Another sign identifies it as Hance Rapid, and it's almost four miles away and is the height of a three-story building. Superlatives seem to fall short when one is trying to describe the Grand Canyon . . . .
When we visited, in late November, it was a clear but extremely windy and bitterly cold day; nevertheless, the view was absolutely worth the stop.Written 21 December 2022
- It’s over a 15 mile drive on a narrow and twisting paved road but it’s worth it! We saw a few deer and a flock of turkeys both times we drove this road. By September 19 some of the Aspen trees were already sporting their electric yellow foliage. There are multiple places to pull out. Picnic Area is actually a great place to pull over and eat. We had a breakfast picnic there after watching a stunning sunrise over Cape Royal.Written 23 September 2022
- This was a stop heading to Page from the Grand Canyon Village. The views walking the bridge were amazing. You can be above the Colorado river without being in the river lol. We were soooo lucky to meet a man on the bridge who works for The Peregrine Fund who tracks and cares for the California Condors, the largest North American land bird. We saw a condor “chick” and momma bird just casually hanging out on the cliffs of the canyon. Besides being such an impressive location, learning about these magnificent birds was special.Written 22 January 2023
Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Canyon National Park
- The best day trips from Grand Canyon National Park according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with Optional Skywalk
- Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, 7 Magic Mountains Small Group VIP Tour
- Grand Canyon, Skywalk, Hoover Dam Day Trip with Lunch from Las Vegas
- Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
- Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Bus Tour from Las Vegas
Grand Canyon National Park Attractions Information
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