Traveling in the south-west US
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Traveling in the south-west US Grand Canyon Reviews
Jul 09, 2006
Bring an extra set of car keys; it could be a long wait for a locksmith. There are no automobile mechanics in places like the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and very few in the areas of northern Arizona and southern Utah, especially the Indian reservations. And always check all five tires (including the spare) to make sure they are properly inflated and have tread.
Distances are very deceiving in this part of the country, actual speeds are generally much slower than the freeway speeds you are used to and the amount of time you schedule for visiting a site may not be nearly enough.
Keep your gas tank full. Service stations are few and far between.
Film is generally available at most Parks, but carry extra just in case. Also, carry extra memory cards for your digital cameras. And don't forget batteries for digitals.
And put a good strap on your camera and ALWAYS keep that strap attached around your neck, or around your wrist, or clipped to your belt. During my trip I ran across two different people who had just lost their expensive cameras and all of their vacation pictures down the canyon or over a waterfall because they were just carrying it in their hand and dropped it.
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