Grand Canyon National Park

South rim of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a stunning site that lives up to its reputation. Photographs do not begin to do it justice, nor is it possible to really put into words the vastness of the canyon.

The Grand Canyon had long been on my list of places to visit - at least since I first started hanging around out west more than 15 years ago. A September wedding in Tucson provided the perfect excuse to visit the Grand Canyon and a few other desert sites that I have been anxious to visit.

South rim of the Grand Canyon

As things turned out it was something of a whirlwind tour of the Grand Canyon, which was not what I had planned. I drove from Wyoming to southern Arizona precisely so that I could spend some time visiting a few sites. I ended up heading to the Grand Canyon on my way back to Wyoming. The weather was great all the way from Tucson - until I was almost to the Grand Canyon when a late-afternoon thunderstorm developed.

My plans for camping in the national forest scuttled by the storm, I stayed inside the park with relatives who were traveling back from the wedding in an RV. At least I stayed dry, but I lost half the time I had planned for the Grand Canyon. Nonetheless, it was still a spectacular site the following morning after the rain finally quit just before dawn. I plan to return again when I hopefully have a bit more time to explore and to do more exploring.

The Grand Canyon is worth taking the time to visit. Tourist season (spring through October) is quite busy, so if you can plan a visit outside of tourist season you should have less competition for viewpoints and trails.

South rim of the Grand Canyon

Directions

The Grand Canyon is accessed on Highway 64. You can reach Highway 64 via Interstate 40 at the Williams exit or via Highway 89 between Flagstaff and Page.