Grand Canyon Southern Rim Reviews
GRAND CANYON Jan 23, 2017
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Hans and I last visited Grand Canyon thirteen years ago, in 1996, when we did a road trip with Hans' sister Nel and husband Jean.
We made a return visit to GRAND CANYON on our "Road Trip 2009".
Starting out from our motel in Flagstaff, we made our way along Highway 18 and then on to Hwy 64 and the Park's south entrance station. We paid our $25.00 US entry fee (good for seven days). Our receipt recorded us as arriving at 9:54 a.m.
First stop was the "Grand Canyon Visitor Center" which is also the location of the IMAX Theater ($12.00 US admittance fee).
Our first stop was Mather Point (7120 feet elevation). We backtracked west to Yavapai Point and then continued on Desert View Drive to Grandview Point.
As it was now past 1:30 p.m. and we were getting hungry, it was lunch time. We looked for a Picnic Area and found a lovely spot with a table sitting in the bright sunshine. It was such a quiet and peaceful spot. The only sound you heard was the soft wind blowing through the trees. Not even sight or sound of any little critters scurrying about. I thought I would at least see a squirrel or little chipmunk.
After our Picnic lunch, we headed for Moran Point (7160 feet elevation) which in my opinion is the most beautiful view, with the sight of the mighty Colorado River winding its way through the Canyon below.
Next was Lipan Point (7360 feet elevation) and finally Desert View (7438 feet elevation). We finished our day at about 6:00 p.m. A full day indeed and such a wonderful experience.
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Worthy of a sunset after a day of wandering Jun 22, 2011
For $25, you can enter the park and take in the visitor's center. We got there late and didn't have a full day, but we did get a chance to wander the rim and take some really great pictures. We had about an hour and saw an elk. We got a spot to sit and watch the sun set in the west.
We hadn't planned as well as some of the other folks there who brought chairs, blankets, pizza, snacks, and their dogs, but my friend and I were comfy. In addition to the above mentioned items, consider bringing a sweater (once the sun sets, it gets quite chilly and the wind is quite audible).
Prior to arriving at the park, it is quite a drive in the middle of nowhere but scenic and serene. We left the park and needed gas. The station immediately outside the park was charging $4.69 for gas! We drove 25 miles and found gas for $3.99 and only filled up partially. Gas, at the time of our trip, was averaging about $3.45 in that area.
Souvenirs was also rather expensive nearby. Be prepared, wear the proper shoes and clothing, bring your own water and enjoy your time. Comparable to the Western Rim, the Southern Rim is surrounded by a national park and is highly populated and busy. The Western Rim is in the middle of the desert, has a better view and has the SkyWalk-but nothing else really around there.
Do your research about which Rim to visit and enjoy!
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