The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

What is it about the Grand Canyon that causes people to visit by the tens of thousands yearly.  Is it merely it’s size,  it’s  massive expanse of gorges, ridges and rock formations. Or as simple as the magnificent  views it provides.

When you think how big the Grand Canyon actually is it can be a bit overwhelming trying to plan a trip or family vacation especially if you’ve never visited before.

In this posting we will try to simplify the areas of interests, things to do, places to stay with easy descriptions.  One click reservation and booking options available as well.

 This beautiful gift of nature offers so much more that beautiful views. There is world class white water rafting, houseboat rentals, kayaking, canoeing, camping, hiking, burro descents, guided tours, and so much more.

The best time to visit is March through May and September through November when daytime temperatures are cool and the crowds are thin. If you decide to visit during the summer  be prepared for the heat, expect limited accommodations not to mention the massive crowds.

Grand Canyon Map
Basically this giant natural wonder can be broken down into four major areas.

The North Rim – The South Rim – The East Descent – The West Descent – There are wonderful tours offers in each of these areas and each of them offer their own special charm and terrain.

 

North Rim Tours

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kanab.     -8.6 Stars-

Canyons Bouquet Hotel

Grand Canyon Tours from the South Rim offer the broadest range of experiences from Rafting, Helicopter, Airplane, Motorcoach, Jeep, Biking and much, much more. Click here to learn about all of your Grand Canyon South Rim tour options.
Hotels – South Rim These hotels are near the Rim from Tusayan,  Valle, Williams, and  Flagstaff. 
 How about a Train Ride through the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon Railway, is a heritage railroad which carries passengers between Williams, Arizona, and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The 64-mile railroad, built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, was completed on September 17, 1901
Be picked up in Flagstaff and then whisked away by your Grand Canyon Adventure guide to the hidden gems of Northern Arizona.  Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend both are highly accessible when you are visiting the Grand Canyon and are not to be missed. These two special places are hands-down  the most iconic images of the Southwest. Although this adventure has a 1/4 mile and a 3/4 mile hike, it can be done by nearly anyone. Book your Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour today by checking availability below.
The Antelope Canyon with Rafting adventure is the Number 1 tour in Northern Arizona that combines 3 tours into one. Not only will you see Grand Canyon, Marble Canyon, and Glen Canyon…but you also hike through Antelope Canyon! 
You will fly over Grand Canyon, then take a 4 Wheel drive vehicle to world famous Antelope Canyon, and then float down the Colorado River through magnificent Glen Canyon just before Grand Canyon begins…
 What an unforgettable day this will be for you.  The Antelope Canyon With Rafting adventure will get you to the bottom of the Canyon! Air Tour,  4×4 Tour, and Float Trip – ALL in ONE!
Horseshoe Bend
Be picked up in Flagstaff and then whisked away by your Grand Canyon Adventure guide to the hidden gem of Northern Arizona.   Horseshoe Bend,  highly accessible when you are visiting the Grand Canyon and  not to be missed.  Hands-down  the most iconic image offering of the Southwest. Although this adventure has a 1/4 mile hike, it can be done by nearly anyone. 

Here’s an ideal tour for travelers who want to experience the Grand Canyon from top to bottom and stay on solid ground. On the Inner Canyon Tour, you’ll experience some of Arizona’s living history from the rim to the river – and places in between.

Reserve Inner Canyon Tour Here

This full day adventure begins in Williams, Arizona where you’ll board our coach or van. As you relax in our spacious, comfortable seats, you’ll travel along one of the last remaining stretches of the original Historic Route 66 route to Peach Springs, AZ in the Hualapai Nation.

At Peach Springs, Arizona you’ll descend to the bottom of the Grand Canyon! As you descend down Diamond Creek into the depths of the chasm, watch as massive canyon walls begin to tower over you, and marvel at views of the spectacular landscape and unusual desert plants. 

You may even catch a glimpse of a wild burro. Once we reach the Colorado River, you’ll break for a leisurely lunch on the very bank of the mighty river.

You’ll have plenty of time to explore, photograph, and take in the incredible scenery before returning to Peach Springs and back to Williams, Arizona via Route 66 and Interstate 40.

Antelope Canyon Tour From Las Vegas Reserve Here

-South Rim Hotels-

Canyon Plaza Resort

Dumplin Patch Bed & Breakfast

Cable TV, Free WiFi, Hot Tub, Snack Bar, and  Private Entrances. Located 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park . Also breakfast complimentary is included.

The Grand Hotel

Main amenities

121 smoke-free guest rooms, restaurant and bar/lounge, Indoor pool, breakfast available, fitness center, 24-hour business center, Terrace, 24-hour front desk, Coffee/tea in a common area, air conditioning, daily housekeeping, computer station, Free WiFi and free parking, Free cribs/infant beds, Rollaway/extra beds (free), microwave, refrigerator, premium TV channels

Holiday Inn Express

This is the most kid-friendly hotel when visiting the South Rim.. Continental breakfast included,  indoor swimming pool and clean comfy rooms.

Want to go to The North and South Rim on the same Trip?  

 

 

 

 

-The West Side of The Grand Canyon-

West Canyon Tours from Vegas

Grand Canyon West is covered by outfitters in Las Vegas on almost every street corner.  The Skywalk is a must see.  The Motorcoaches,  Airplane, and Helicopter Tours  Day tours include everything from 1 1/2 hour air tours, to helicopter and airplane landing tours, and all day motorcoach tours.

West Canyon Tours

One of many reasons I recommend Las Vegas is you can get 4 or 5 star hotels at a fraction of what you will pay in the big cities.Also many of the Grand Canyon tour companies will pick you up at your hotel.

 

Featured Tour – Helicopter Ride to Colorado River / Reserve Here

 

– West Canyon Hotels –

When visiting the west side of The Grand Canyon,  Las Vegas hotels are a great option for accommodations. 4 and 5 Star hotels at amazing prices.

Swimming at The Grand Canyon    Havasu Falls 

Located on the Southwest corner of The Grand Canyon

What is Included:

Tour to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon, The Only One Day Whitewater Rafting Trip in Grand Canyon. Whitewater Rafting from Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry, Transportation from Pearce Ferry back to Peach Springs Arizona. And a 10 Hour Tour and a day you will never forget!

 

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Grand Canyon: Arizona

Raft 188 miles of the Colorado River from Lees Ferry to Whitmore Wash on the 6 or 7 Day Grand Canyon rafting trip. Explore the lower 100 miles of the Colorado River on the 3 or 4 Day Grand Canyon trips. 

HUALAPAI RIVER RUNNERS

Ride the Colorado River’s rapids with the experienced guides of Hualapai River Runners. Whitewater rafting is a thrilling way to experience the Grand Canyon from a new perspective. Choose from one- or two-day rafting trips, which include a ride along exciting rapids, hiking at Travertine Cavern Falls, local wildlife viewing, lunch along the banks of the river, and an exciting helicopter ride from the river up to Grand Canyon West.

Raft trips depart from the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, about two hours from the West Rim. When visiting please keep in mind that Grand Canyon West is in Mountain Standard Time. Be sure to leave early enough to arrive on time for any scheduled tours.

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Two Hour 10 Minute Beautiful Drive From Las Vegas
 40 Minute Breath Taking Helicopter Ride From LasVegas

One of the more controversial additions to the Grand Canyon’s surroundings, is the Grand Canyon Skywalk  a large, semi-circular bridge with a transparent glass floors, allowing tourists to walk 70 feet out over the canyon and view the floor from a truly unique vantage point – 4,000 feet above. The Skywalk lies outside of the park on the grounds of the Hualapai Indian Tribe. 

The Skywalk is a long drive from both the South Rim and the North Rim, inconveniencing many wishing to stay near the Grand Canyon Village. Recent travelers warned a stop at the Skywalk is an all-day endeavor since it’s a long distance from other points of interest about four hours from the Grand Canyon Village The Skywalk is open year-round: From April 1 to Aug. 31, it’s open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; from Sept. 1 to March 31, it’s open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Grand Canyon West website.

Driving from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon Skywalk

Visiting Grand Canyon’s East Canyon

Horseshoe Bend Grand Canyon East

Horseshoe Bend, located just 7 miles up river from the actual beginning of Grand Canyon National Park, is fast becoming a must visit location. The intimate canyon feeling you gain while having your picture taken in front of the Colorado River can’t be beat!

An under appreciated attraction on the East end of the Grand Canyon is the Little Colorado River Tribal Park on the Navajo Nation. The view down into the Little Colorado River from the main parking lot is one you will never forget.

Camping  at the East Rim 

You will find campgrounds at Lake Powell, in Page,  in Cameron, at Lee’s Ferry in  the Grand Canyon National Recreation Area is great for camping.  Some of the campgrounds have hookups and some don’t.  Primitive camping is allowed on the shores of Lake Powell and is only accessible by boat with the exception of the Lone Rock area of the lake.  Primitive camping is also allowed along the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lee’s Ferry.  This area of the Colorado River is accessed from Lee’s Ferry by boat and is a great place to go trout fishing.

White Water Rafting on the East Side of the Grand Canyon

River rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is truly a trip of a lifetime. Rafting trips start at Lee’s Ferry and range from 6 to 14 days. Rafting trips include camping, hiking, exploring, swimming and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding Canyon.

There are many different itineraries to fit all kinds of travelers that want to experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

East Canyon Tours / Reserve Here

Water Sports at the East Rim

If you like water sports, the East side of the Canyon is the best place to visit since Lake Powell provides all kinds of sports. Fishing, speedboats, jet skis, kayaks, houseboats, floating trampolines and water slides are some of the fun water activities available on this great lake.

Lake Powell becomes a giant playground for those that love the water and the beauty of the southwest.

Grand Canyon Hotels – East Canyon

Cameron Trading Post, AZ – 57 miles to the South Rim

Right at the junction of highway 89 and 64 is the historic Cameron Trading Post. This post or small business center has played an important role in the development of the West and Grand Canyon area since 1916. Originally, the trading post was a market place for the Native American Navajo and Hopi to barter their wools, blankets and goods. Over the years, Cameron Trading Post grew to include a restaurant, store, galleries and motel for travelers. If you would like the experience of history with modern updates, this hotel may be the place for you.

Cameron Trading Post Hotel

Tuba City, AZ – 83 miles to the South Rim

Tuba City is located in the beautiful Painted Desert on the western edge of the Navajo lands. Tuba City is a wonderful place to visit if you want to learn more about the Navajo American Indians with a visit to the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum. This area of the Painted Desert is well-known for its ancient inhabitants – The dinosaurs! Five miles outside of Tuba City, you can see real dinosaur tracks preserved into the rock. For more information on Tuba City and surrounding areas, check out the great resource site: Visit Arizona-Tuba City

Marble Canyon, AZ – 128 miles to the South Rim, 84 miles to the North Rim

Marble Canyon and Lee’s Ferry are the jumping-off-point for river rafters starting their journey on the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon. The canyon is stacked with colorful polished limestone that resembles marble with the beautiful river running through it. One of the most outstanding sites is the Navajo Bridge that spans over 900 feet from rim to rim and 470 feet from the river below.

Marble Canyon Lodge

 

Vermilion Cliff’s Lee’s Ferry Lodge

 

Cliff Dweller’s Lodge