North Rim of Grand Canyon

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Mt Hayden-Grand Canyon

The North Rim offers a serene and enthralling Grand Canyon experience, more remote and less developed than the South Rim. It was a 2 hour drive from our RV Park in Virgin, Utah to the North Rim and it’s 40 miles from Jacob Lake to the North Rim Visitor Center. After we arrived we hiked to Bright Angel Point, a one mile round trip hike with a grand view of the canyon. We ate a wonderful lunch at the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge with breathtaking views of the canyon from our table. The Lodge was built in 1927-28 with the Main Lodge  building, 23 deluxe cabins, and 91 standard cabins. It was constructed of native Kaibab limestone and peeled Ponderosa pine logs, designed to harmonize with its rocky and forested setting. The Grand Canyon Lodge is the only complete surviving lodge and cabin complex in the national parks. I would highly recommend a visit to this beautiful, peaceful and remote setting in a magnificent park. On our way out we drove to Point Imperial, at 8,803 feet, it is the highest of the North Rim overlooks, with different panorama views of the Grand Canyon. Great views of Mount Hayden, and Boundary Ridge and Saddle Mountain to the north of Imperial Point. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Trip on the Grand Canyon Railroad and Walk along the Rim Trail

We arrived in Williams, AZ, and are staying at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park for a week. Today we have booked a trip on the Grand Canyon Railway in the Dome car, to take us on the two hour ride to the Grand Canyon for our first visit. We were treated to a Wild West Shootout prior to boarding the train, and these same Cowboys sang and entertained us on the journey. We arrived at the Grand Canyon historic Depot around 11:30 am and walked up to the Rim to view the awe inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon. We ate lunch at the Arizona Room in the beautiful old Bright Angel Lodge, built in 1935. Then we walked the 1.3 mile Trail of Time along the rim between Verkamp’s Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum. It is a geological timeline of the rock layers in the Canyon, and you can touch the rocks from each of the canyon layers, including rocks nearly 2 billion years old in the bottom of the canyon. We got the shuttle bus back to the train which departed at 3:30 pm for our return trip to Williams. We enjoyed some snacks and a complimentary glass of champagne, and the notorious Cataract Creek Gang boarded our train for a mock train robbery. The train ride was relaxing but I would not recommend it if you want to experience scenery from the train as it is flat and dry the entire way. Continue reading