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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
May 31, 2012
From journal American Road Trip Part One
October 25, 2011
From journal Discovering Central and Northern Arizona
December 9, 2010
From journal Spring Break at the Canyon
November 4, 2010
October 24, 2010
Charlotte, North Carolina
May 7, 2010
From journal Surreal Experiences in Arizona
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
April 27, 2010
From journal The Grand Canyon, and a Whole Lot More...
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
October 3, 2009
From journal An Arizona Wedding (and Everything in Between)
Rodeo, New Mexico
April 3, 2007
From journal Lure of the Canyon
Los Angeles, California
August 17, 2006
It took about an hour and a half to drive there.
Outside the Grand Canyon there is a small town where you can get hotels, airplane rides, food, and park passes. If you are planning to take plane rides, donkey trips, or stay in a hotel BOOK EARLY. These places fill up fast. Even in Flagstaff. I got my hotel really late, 2 days before I arrived, and I got the last room. When I arrived in the town I saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road and people running across the street. BE CAREFUL OF THIS!! People don’t pay attention here. If they see something cars will stop in the middle of the road or while crossing or cross without looking, so just be careful. Anyway, on the side were three huge elk, or what I was told were elk. I quickly turned into the parking lot of a hotel and got out of my car. I got within 20 feet of them to take pictures and they didn’t seem to mind.
From there I went to the park. I got my park pass form the ranger station for $20. It allows you to access the park for a week. Here they also give you a map of the park and list of the different activities that are taking place that day.
Needless to say that my first view of the Grand Canyon was breathtaking. There is no way to put into words the majesty of the park. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to view the canyon from the bottom.
I took the shuttle out to Hermits Rest stopping at several points along the way. The shuttle isn’t a tour bus, but it gives you information about the park and the different stops along the way. One of the advantages of getting there early is that there are less people trying to get on the bus. At one point I was at a stop completely by myself. This was by far the highlight of my trip; taking in the scenery with no people near was close to a religious experience. Around the park there are paths set up so you don’t have to take the bus, but you can walk along the rim. There is also maps set up so you know where you are and the distance between each bus stop.
The park offers many great lectures and walks from experienced park rangers, who not only know their stuff but also obviously love what they do and where they are. The topics cover a variety of subjects and some offer opportunities to hike along the trails.
From journal The Grand Canyon