We entered the park from the east. Click here for a map of the area we covered in the park. From the East Entrance to the Visitor Center, there are a number of pull-outs where you can view the canyon. We stopped at several of these and snapped the following pictures.
|East Entrance to the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park.|
|The Colorado River snakes its way through the canyon. This view looks eastward from the Desert View lookout.|
|This picture is taken from the same spot as the one immediately above, but it looks west. The river is not visible in this picture, though its course is clearly visible by the deep gorge in the center of the picture.|
|This shot looks west from Lipan Point. If you look closely, you can see some of the rapids in the river. It's rough, broken country, isn't it?|
|The Grand Canyon as seen from Grandview Point|
|Donna at Grandview Point.|
|I snapped this picture in an attempt to show how heavily forested the rim of the canyon is. The trees on the bulge in the left center of the picture are probably at least one-half mile away.|
There is also the Yavapai Museum of Geology near the Visitor Center. Here you can really learn about the geology of the canyon as well as experience some great views. Various lodging opportunities exist throughout the park, from the Phantom Ranch along the river to places along the rim.
One thing that caught me unexpectedly was the little community of Tusayan just outside the south entrance to the park along Highway 64. As we left the park, we were ready to pick up our speed and head towards Williams. We didn't realize there was a vibrant tourist community of eateries, hotels, and outfitter services just outside the park boundary. So, if you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, keep this place in mind; it may be your best option in securing lodging if the park is full.
Well, we've seen the Grand Canyon; we can mark it off our bucket list. There are so many places we want to see that I doubt we'll visit the park again, but you never know.