November 10, 2017

Day Trip To The North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

Never having visited the Grand Canyon and living in Arizona, I finally did it with my husband for our five year wedding anniversary. In stark contrast to the South Rim, we opted to do less hiking and more vistas.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is incredible, but the North Rim has some incredible, awe inspiring views. The colors on this side of the canyon are more rich and vibrant. The North Rim viewpoints also really made me realize how huge and deep the Grand Canyon really is. Very vast. There were also less people there so WIN!


Bright Angel Point
0.7 miles RT | 0.5 hours | 115 feet | Easy
Paved and you enter from the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge (right next to the Visitors Center). You can see all the way to the South Rim from here.
 
 

Cape Royal
1 mile RT | 0.75 hours | 92 feet | Easy
After passing the Park Entrance, drive until you reach a fork in the road. Instead of heading straight toward the Visitor Center, turn left and follow the road for 5.4 miles. At this point, you will reach the “Y” intersection. Turn right and follow the road for another 14.5 miles to the very end until you reach the large parking area for the Cape Royal Trail. Only 20 minutes of the 45 we were there we were moving, trust me, you will want to take a lot of pictures from Cape Royal and the off shoot view of Angel's Window.
 

Coconino Overlook
1.5 miles RT | 1.5 hours | 712 feet | Easy
The turnoff for the North Kaibab Trailhead is where you want to go and it is along the road to the Visitor Center and Lodge)

Point Imperial
0.1 miles RT | 0.25 hours | 0 feet | Easy
This is the highest viewpoint on both the North and South Rims. After passing the Park Entrance, drive until you reach a fork in the road. Instead of heading straight toward the Visitor Center, turn left and follow the road for 5.4 miles. At this point, you will reach the “Y” intersection. Take a left here and drive for another 2.6 miles until the road ends at the Point Imperial parking area.) An excellent view point to spend some time ooohhhing and ahhhhing.

Do you prefer the views from the North or South Rim of the Grand Canyon?

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