Grand Canyon Journals

The Grand Canyon & Other Sites in the Area!

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A February 2003 trip to Grand Canyon by Taylor252

Meteor Crater (Barringer Crater) Photo, Winslow, Arizona More Photos
Quote: In this journal I'm going to make the bold suggestion that you base your northern Arizona trip in Flagstaff or Williams so that many of the northern Arizona sites are within easy driving distance. There's more than a week's worth activities available!

Bright Angel Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Bright Angel Lodge"

Bright Angel Restaurant Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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We ate at the Bright Angel Lodge as part of a tour we booked through the Grand Canyon Railroad. We had a great buffet meal with choices of fried chicken, beef, pasta or pork. There were numerous country style cooked vegetables like green beans, corn, carrots and the like. Salad fixings were also available and then a great selection of cakes and pies for dessert. There were quite a few on our tour, but the line was kept moving. The people working between the kitchen and the buffet kept everything stocked well. I had ice tea to drink and my husband had a diet Coke. There were many other selections as well, but no alcohol. The dining room has huge plate glass windows that look right out into the c...Read More

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Bright Angel Restaurant
At Bright Angel Lodge on the west end of Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
+1 928 638 2631

Lowell Observatory

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Attraction | "Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff"

Lowell Observatory Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Do you have someone in your family who is "nuts" about space? Or do you have someone in your family you''d like to get more interested in science and/or school? My "nut" is my beloved husband. This past February we made arrangements to stay at Fairfield Flagstaff for a week, (a marvelous resort), and I began looking for interesting things to do. I happened upon Lowell Observatory. Their website is www.lowell.edu and their phone is 928-774-3358. They have many different programs, both day and evening, for all ages of people and they''re open year round. (Admission: adults $4; youths (5-17) $2; AAA/senior/student $3.50. They have an interactive exhibit hall where people can get a hands on e...Read More

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Lowell Observatory
1400 Mars Hill Road
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(928) 774-3358

Meteor Crater (Barringer Crater)

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Attraction | "Meteor Crater"

Meteor Crater (Barringer Crater) Photo, Winslow, Arizona
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In the last decade, scientists have come to understand that a large meteor about 5 miles across struck the Yucatan area and caused the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Since that time, we have been looking . . . and finding impact craters all over the planet. In fact, Cape Cod may be the edge of an ancient impact crater. But in the desert grasslands of northern AZ is the clearest and best defined impact crater anywhere on the planet! It is located 35 miles east of Flagstaff off Interstate 40 at exit 233 and there is a state of the art visitors center and a Museum of Astrogeology on site. (Phone: 1(800)289-5898; website: http://www.meteorcrater.com) The museum has displays of actual meteor fragm...Read More

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Meteor Crater (Barringer Crater)
Interstate 40, Exit 233
Winslow, Arizona 86047
(928) 289-5898

Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings

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Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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In 1915, Walnut Canyon was designated a National Monument which it was hoped would give it some protection from pot hunters and looters who had been digging in the cliff dwellings since 1880 when train tracks built close by made it accessible. Walnut Canyon contains upwards of 300 individual cliff dwelling homes, built under limestone ledges, that were in use from about 1100 to 1250A.D. The inhabitants were the Sinagua, a contemporary of the more widely known Ananazi who built Mesa Verde. The word Sinagua comes from the Spanish "sin agua", meaning without water. It is not the name of a tribe or clan of people. In fact, we have no idea how these people thought of themselves and their neighbors, or what...Read More

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Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings

Grand Canyon, Arizona 86004
928-526-3367

Grand Canyon Railway

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Attraction | "Rails to the Rim-A Fun Trainride"

Grand Canyon Railway Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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"All aboard!" a costumed conductor shouts, and the fun begins because you’re headed for the Grand Canyon on a fun railroad trip! For just over two hours (time to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon), you can watch the scenery, talk with new friends around you, or listen to the costumed troubadours that stroll through the train singing western ballads. You are welcomed to join in when you know the words! The northern part of AZ, as well as the Grand Canyon, is on a high plateau, almost 7000 feet. That means that it will be 25-30 degrees cooler than Phoenix, a fact I am grateful for! In the winter you may even take your ride while light snow falls outside. There is a great advantage in heading for the Gr...Read More

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Grand Canyon Railway
233 N Grand Canyon Blvd
Williams, Arizona 86046
+1 800 843 8724