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On the Plateau, Part IV: The Grand Canyon's North Rim

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A June 2006 trip to Grand Canyon by callen60

Bright Angel Point Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Early June on the less-visited North Rim gave us a two-day exposure to one of the world's most amazing places.

On the Plateau, Part IV: The Grand Canyon's North Rim

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Overview

Dreamland Safari Tours Photo, Kanab, Utah
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The Grand Canyon is nearly impossible to comprehend. Its scale forces mistaken identifications on a visitor—such as interpreting a distant plane as a bird, as a friend experienced, because the brain can’t possibly believe that the surroundings are that large.‘Sublime’ is hardly a new description, but it’s used for a reason. Early western visitors retreated in puzzlement from the forbidding ‘wasteland’ (while Native Americans continued centuries of living along its banks and atop its plateaus). As Stephen Pynes’ excellent book, How the Canyon Became Grand describes, appreciating the canyon awaited a new aesthetic that incorporated the late 19th century discovery of geologic time. Giv...Read More

Grand Canyon Lodge & Cabins

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Hotel | "Grand Canyon Lodge & Cabins"

Interior, Pioneer Cabin Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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As you near the end of the drive south to the North Rim, the lodging finally comes into view. The road traverses Bright Angel Point, and is significantly closer to Roaring Springs Canyon on the east, so that all of the facilities lie to the west between the pavement and Transept Canyon. The motel-style units are first, about a mile before the road's end at the Grand Canyon Lodge. These are the most recently built, and date from the 1960s. Next is the large Campground complex, followed by the large array of the Lodge's cabins, which fill most of the continually narrowing space between the road and the canyon.There are three styles of cabins: Frontier, Pioneer, and Western, in order of incre...Read More

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Grand Canyon Lodge & Cabins
Grand Canyon National Park
North Rim, Arizona 86052
(928) 638-2611

Grand Canyon Lodge & Dining Room

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Restaurant | "Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room"

The Sun Room, Grand Canyon Lodge Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Few restaurants are more beautifully situated: Gilbert Stanley Underwood knew what he was doing when he laid out this place. The dining room is just to your right as you enter the lodge (just past the bronze statue of Brighty, the mule immortalized by Marguerite Henry in her 1950’s children’s book). A few short steps lead down into the large, high-ceilinged room, which holds several dozen tables. The choicest ones are, of course along the long wall that faces south into the Canyon (with second choice on the shorter west wall). But at nearly any point in the room, the Canyon’s presence is certain to be a part of your meal here.Options for dining at the North Rim are limited: the Rough Rider...Read More

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Grand Canyon Lodge & Dining Room
Grand Canyon National Park
North Rim, Arizona 86052
(928) 638-2611

Bright Angel Trail

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Attraction

Nearing sunset at Bright Angel Point Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Bright Angel Point reaches into the Grand Canyon for about three miles, gradually narrowing as it heads further south. Siting the Grand Canyon Lodge here was a terrific decision—from its balconies, Sun Room, and Dining Room there are terrific views south into the Canyon. But there's even better ones not far away. The Point rapidly narrows just south of the Lodge, turning into one of the many thin, tall rocky fins pointing towards the Colorado far below. A paved, fenced trail heads out to the southernmost tip of Bright Angel Point, providing you with the sensation of having the Canyon truly all around you.We arrived here in early evening, after our expedition to Toroweap and sto...Read More

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Bright Angel Trail
Begins near the main Visitor Center complex
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888

Grand Canyon Mule Rides

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Attraction | "Canyon Trail Mule Rides"

Canyon view on mule trail Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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There are few National Park experiences more iconic than a mule ride at the Grand Canyon. You can mount up at either the south or north rims, but the north side’s elevation means that the longest ride is a full-day round-trip to Roaring Springs along the North Kaibab Trail. There’s also a half-day trip on the Kaibab that turns around at Supai Tunnel, or a half-day trip out to Uncle Jim’s Point.None of these options were right for us—my wife wanted no part of riding, and my kids were anxious about descending into the Canyon with their lives in the hands (on the backs?) of a mule. But they did want to ride, so the one-hour ‘Rim of the Grand Canyon’ excursion seemed just right.Can...Read More

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Grand Canyon Mule Rides
Grand Canyon Tourist Center, South Rim
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023

Point Imperial

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Point Imperial Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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The sun crossing the horizon is a highlight nearly anywhere in the southwest. We’d watched it reach lower and lower into Zion’s sandstone canyon two mornings before, and despite the fact that Arizona stubbornly refuses to go on daylight savings time, even the kids were game to catch the sunrise on our first morning at the North Rim.In early June, that puts sunrise at the challenging hour of 5:11am. Adding to the difficulty, Grand Canyon Lodge sits on Bright Angel Point, separated from the larger Walhalla Plateau by narrow Roaring Springs Canyon. The far eastern side of the Plateau looks out over a wider expanse of canyon, and offers a better view as the sun makes its first appearance....Read More

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Point Imperial
AZ State Route 67
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86022
+1 928 638 7888

Transept Trail

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Attraction

Transept Trail Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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We’d crawled out of bed at 4am to catch the sunrise, mounted mules at 8:30, driven Cape Royal Road to Roosevelt Point, Angel’s Window, and Cape Royal itself. Sure, it’d been a full day already, but I’d waited years to come to the Grand Canyon. Rest? Are you kidding?Everyone else took some downtime before dinner. I headed back down to the Lodge, where the Transept Trail starts below the veranda, along the west side of Bright Angel Point. You can either descend the steps from the Lodge, or veer off to the left as you return from the the tip of Bright Angel Point. From here, the Transept runs just over a mile and a half to the campground store, and is is in good shape throughout.T...Read More

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Transept Trail

Grand Canyon, Arizona
(520) 638-7888

Cape Royal Road: North Rim Jewel

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Story/Tip

Roosevelt Point Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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My kids were understandably nervous about venturing down into the Canyon, and this drive was our substitute for exploring below the rim. (As we left the Canyon, though, they vowed to change this on the next visit). The vistas at every stop on this drive are amazing, with views across large extents of the Canyon. It’s not quite 25 miles from the Lodge to Cape Royal. You begin by following the route to Point Imperial, but after nine miles, you bear right and head south along the eastern edge of Walhalla Plateau. Most of the altitude change and a few switchbacks are in this first stretch. One way to do this trip is to start early in the morning and drive directly to Cape Royal, making all the...Read More

Dreamland Safari Tours

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Attraction | "The Canyon, Solo: Toroweap & Dreamland Safari Tours"

Dreamland Safari Tours Photo, Kanab, Utah
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On an earlier trip west, rafting trips on the Snake River in Grand Teton and on the Flathead River along Glacier’s southern edge were definite highlights. As I planned this trip to the southwest, I wondered what experiences might provide us with a similar glimpse into the landscape, led by a knowledgeable guide taking us through parts that we otherwise might not see. Once we settled on visiting only the North Rim of the Canyon (I briefly entertained the insanity of trying to include both sides on an already overfilled itinerary), I was intrigued, enchanted, and eventually intoxicated with the idea of visiting Toroweap.This isn’t easily accomplished. A relatively recent addition to the Park...Read More

Dreamland Safari Tours
265 North 300 West
Kanab, Utah
435 644-5506