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The most developed area of Grand Canyon National Park, the South Rim offers amenities such as bus service, hotels and water stations, but is also more crowded than the North Rim. Scenic highlights include Pipe Creek Vista and Yavapai Point.
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Just amazing. Walking up to the canyon for the first time is just an amazing experience. The sheer size is like nothing else. We were lucky to have a clear day and recommend being there for sunset. Stayed in Tusayan which worked out fine. Shuttles...More
I went on a 15 hour group trip from Vegas. The South Rim was everything I could have hoped! So worth the long day. Dont miss the water fountain where you can fill your water bottle with fresh spring water before heading out. The rim...More
Buy your park pass online and use the outside lanes (1, 4 or 5) when driving in. Parking is a bit of a pain, but manageable in March at least. It's fun to just walk on the rim trail and visit the various shops and...More
We drove up from Goodyear (about 4 hours each way), so we didn't get to stay long (about 4 hours), but...WOW! We felt like being four hours away, we had a choice between Hoover Dam (and Vegas) or the Grand Canyon. Great views on the...More
We took the Red Route and visited 7 of the 9 stops. We were there on a foggy/rainy day so a couple of the stops were fogged in. There were moments of absolute beauty when the fog lifted at several different viewpoints. Our favorite stop...More
If you have a little time, try to go down on one of the trails. My wife and I decided to start a trail, and ended up going 3 miles down on Bright Angel Trail. It took us 6 hours to go the 6 mile...More
Thank you! How were the roads ? I'm from south and dread driving in snow and ice. Is it icy Do we need special tires? I have a very tight schedule and can't afford to lose a day if there are road closures. What is... More
Thank you! How were the roads ? I'm from south and dread driving in snow and ice. Is it icy Do we need special tires? I have a very tight schedule and can't afford to lose a day if there are road closures. What is approximate time to head back to page, since i've read driving at night is not recommended. Is day trip doable from Page, i've no options, since we booked hotels
Response from LauraAgardy | Reviewed this property |
If there is a new moon or a small cresent moon, It will be dark. VERY dark. Just drive carefully and cautiously, and have a well planned route that you have familiarized yourself with. The desert is a bizarre place at night... More
If there is a new moon or a small cresent moon, It will be dark. VERY dark. Just drive carefully and cautiously, and have a well planned route that you have familiarized yourself with. The desert is a bizarre place at night, and tumbleweeds can scare the crap out of you if they blow across the road at night. Just keep your eyes open and drive safe. If at all, try to leave the area while there is still some light. The curves in the road can come up pretty fast on ya. Safe travels!
Response from DanielPofMI | Reviewed this property |
It's certainly do-able, if not the ideal visit, but you still can get a pretty fair sense of the place. Your limiting factor is daylight as it's not advisable to be driving in the dark. Sunrise is around 7am, so get up... More
It's certainly do-able, if not the ideal visit, but you still can get a pretty fair sense of the place. Your limiting factor is daylight as it's not advisable to be driving in the dark. Sunrise is around 7am, so get up early, have a quick breakfast, then hit the road. You could be in the park around 9:30. Nothing wrong with stopping by the visitor center, as there's a viewpoint right behind it. There's a short 20-minute film there. Bookstore and giftshop located in same complex as well. So spend about an hour there. From the visitor center, take the orange shuttle out to the South Kaibab trailhead, it's the first stop about 5 minutes out. Maybe hike down to Ooh Aah Point, maybe a half hour down and 45 minutes up. So that's maybe a couple of hours of your time, which would bring you up to about 12:30. Time for lunch. Closest place to eat would be the Yavapai cafeteria or you could just grab something from the Marketplace deli and take it to go. So say it's 1:30 now. Drive the Desert View Drive. With a couple of short stops (under 15 minutes) at a couple of the major viewpoints, you could make it out to the endpoint of Desert View in about an hour and a half. You'll probably spend an hour here, some of that climbing up the Watchtower. Grab some gas at the gas station here and then head back to Prescott by 4pm. Should have daylight for much of that.