Grand Circle Western National Parks 2015 travel blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaibab Squirrel

Mule Deer

Jacob Lake Look-Out Tower

Jacob Lake Look-Out Tower

The Lodge


September 5, 2015

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK NORTH RIM

Today we toured the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This was a very different experience for us than the South Rim. Solitude, awe-inspiring, of course, a slower pace, and the feeling of going back in time.

Grand Canyon’s North Rim is very close to the Utah Border and requires more to visit than the South Rim. It’s more remote and less visitors make it to the North side. It’s further away from any freeways, it’s only open seasonally from May through October and there is no airport nearby. AND it’s just over 200 miles from the South Rim, requiring a 4 hour drive.

If you see it, you’ll understand immediately why the North Rim is regarded as the Grand Canyon’s best side. The South Rim is crowded with daytime temperatures nearing 100 degrees, and hotels booked to the rafters a year in advance. The North Rim is only open from May through October and at 8000 – 9000 feet above sea level, is much cooler. The temperature today was between 55 and 68 degrees. Gorgeous!!!

We hiked the Bright Angel Point Trail which was about .8 of a mile, and a supposed roundtrip of 30 minutes. But, due to the high altitude of 8800 feet, the thinner air, and the hilly terrain, it was a little challenging.

GRAND CANYON LODGE

The lodge was a beautiful hotel and cabin complex, built in 1927, that seemed to naturally rise out of the cliffs it was built on because it was made with native limestone and pine wood. We had a wonderful lunch at the lodge with our group, while enjoying breathtaking views out the windows.



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