A July 2006 trip
to Grand Canyon by onesundaymorning
Quote: A day trip to the Grand Canyon; offering advice about what to do and tips on how to make it an unforgettable trip.
The rangers are also a great asset to the park. They are friendly, warm, and full of wonderful information. They are passionate not only about what they do, but they also believe that the Grand Canyon is the best destination on Earth. After viewing the park and listen to them talk you can't help but be persuaded to feel the same way.
If you are going in the summer there are a few things that you need to be aware of, 1. The heat – Take plenty of water especially if you are planning to hike anywhere. The further down into the canyon you go the hotter it is; even in the winter. 2. ARRIVE EARLY- Tourists start to arrive later in the day. I got there at 7am. I had an extremely easy time finding parking, the lines for the buses are shorter (much shorter), and you can just enjoy your time at the park. When I was leaving, around 2pm, the line to get into the park was backed up over a mile. 3. Wear shoes that you can walk in. I saw people walking around in kitten heels and flip-flops. How they did any walking I’ll never know. 4. The summer time is the time when fires spread like wild fire though this area. Before you leave keep track of the fire level warnings. It may close down roads completely. While I was there the north rim was shut down due to fires.
There is another option for arriving at the Canyon, which is by train. There is a train that runs from Williams. I believe that the price is . It drops off right in the park.
Hotel | "Motel 6"
The Motel 6 in Flagstaff isn’t outstanding, but it isn’t bad either. The rooms are a decent size and clean. There are three floors, but there is an elevator in case you have a lot of stuff to haul up to your room. There is a pool in the back that is really clean.
The only down parts were that it was on a busy road and the check in staff was beyond rude, especially when they made me wait four hours before I could get into my room. There were two younger gentlemen who worked there that went out of their way to be nice. I wasn’t sure if it was because that they are truly that wonderful or if they saw how the rest of the staff was treating me, but it was nice. The rates were also outrageous in comparison to what I paid at other Motel 6's that I have been to.
One of the positive things about the hotel is that there are a lot of things in the area. Across the street is a Wal-Mart and a small shopping area. Also within the area is a Staple, a department store, and a Borders. There are also several places to eat. Nothing upscale mainly fast food and an IHOP.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 17, 2006
Motel 6 Flagstaff West-Woodlands Village
2745 South Woodlands Village
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Attraction | "The Grand Canyon"
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.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2006
Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
Attraction | "Grand Canyon (General)"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2008
Los Angeles, California