USA - Southwest forum: Grand Canyon

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Imagevic
Aug 26, 2010 7:16 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
This is another park we visited and took hikes. We visited from the south rim.

http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/day-hiking.htm

vic
Imagesallyg
Mar 6, 2012 9:49 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
We did Grand Canyon South Rim which is where most tourism is, a few years ago. We stayed in the park at a motor lodge style place and it was fine and convenient. One day we drove to the east, to the tall tower. Had lunch there and made our way back, with a couple stops. My husband and two young teens hiked down from the main lodge, abut a mile down and then back up. It was hot but manageable and a wide trail. The main lodge area was pretty busy, but crowds thin out pretty quick when you leave there. Easy to spot elk, also saw a deer in the morning behind the motel, and some birds new to me.

We flew into Phoenix and then drove up through Flagstaff. The drive is interesting if you like to observe the changing desert vegetation. We stopped once to experience the heat and stillness. It's really different from what we've grown up with. We thought about stopping in Flagstaff, seems upscale, I think that's where Red Rocks is, but did not because we wanted to leave GC and go to Vegas and LA (family in LA).

The Grand Canyon, in person, is unbelievably spectacular. That new glass walk must be amazing. I highly recommend the area for a trip sometime.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageKelli
Mar 10, 2012 11:16 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
We did the South Rim a few years ago, not hiking down in but walking around the top. (It wasn't really hiking, just walking around.) We went in October, so the crowds weren't too bad, and like Sally said, once you get away from the main lodge area, it really thins out. We also went to the tower and an ancient Indian village site that is back in from the rim a little bit.

I saw that glass walk on t.v. I know I'm too afraid of heights to handle that.
Imagesallyg
Mar 10, 2012 11:30 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
We went to the village site too, and walked into the desert behnd it for a short ways. The whole idea of eking out a living in something like those conditions, is pretty amazing.

"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
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ImageKelli
Mar 10, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Yes, it seems pretty rough. Not only is it pretty much desert, it gets cold in the winter.

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