A short one day trip to The Grand Canyon from South Rim- a place you will never be disappointed to visit in Arizona!! The Canyon itself was carved by the Colorado River and the wind that caused the surface of the sedimentary rocks to become exposed and erode over time. It is indisputably one of the most popular and beautiful places in America.
The Colorado river looks tiny, surrounded by the vast Grand Canyon. However, its the racing, muddy water of the Colorado river that carved the one mile depth of the Grand Canyon. Standing on the edge, you may feel the river distant and difficult to observe.
On my first trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim, I made a classic rookie mistake : I should have done some advance research and planned a longer stay, atleast an overnight stay. If you really wish to experience peace, away from the regular hustle bustle of your daily life and cut-throat competitive world, then this is the place to be!!
The pictures really do not do justice what the eyes sees in at the Grand Canyon. Moreover, to be honest, since I was on a tight schedule, I just took a few pictures and ventured to enjoy the beauty more by just looking at it. As a first-time visitor, the Grand Canyon is truly beyond words. Unbelievably beautiful and overwhelming, I was so glad to witness this incredible and majestic place!!
I took a day tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim with a brief stopover at the Hoover Dam – Arizona side overlook; in Williams or Seligman on Route 66. On reaching the Grand Canyon, the bus stopped in front of the Bright Angel Lodge. From there we took a blue line transit bus to Visitor’s Center at the Grand Canyon.
After arriving at the Visitor’s Center, we started to hike the 2.5 mile paved trail from Mather Point to Grand Canyon Village. This trail consists of breathtaking panoramic views of the canyon, Colorado River and the Phantom Ranch. You may continue on the rim trail and finish your hike to the Grand Canyon Village; or from Yavapai Point, you may take the bus shuttle to the Grand Canyon Village.
Along the trail you will enjoy the breeze through the pinion pines and juniper pines as well as view earth’s most mysterious and spectacular landscapes. Walk along the railed lookout and view the majestic beauty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
As you walk along the south rim, you will see a sign pointing to Mount Trumbull, 80 miles away. On a clear day, you can see Mount Trumbull just above the western horizon. However due to pollution from urban and industrial areas, the haze makes spotting this distant landmark difficult. To protect the canyon views, the park has been monitoring air quality since the 1970s.
Each day at daybreak and “the magic hour,” crowds gather at the South Rim’s thirteen viewpoint areas to watch the sun appear and disappear over the Canyon rim, casting dramatic shadows and highlighting rugged textures. While it is true that there is no one best place to watch the sunrise and set, there are good and better places. Your best bets are viewpoints that obtrude toward the canyon, with views to the east and west. The following are well-suited for sunrise or sunset:
- Mather Point
- Yaki Point
- Hopi Point
- Navajo Point
- Mohave Point
- Lipan Point
- Desert View
Mather is the number one choice as it is closest to the entrance station, and a short walk from the visitor center (the Canyon View Plaza, opened in 2001). The viewing area is quite extensive – the point has two narrow, railed overlooks built on projecting rocks, various other view points along the rim in both directions, and to the west, the Rim Trail offers more vistas all the way to the next point (Yavapai).
The Rim Trail offers some of the grandest views in the park. Most of the trail is paved and some sections are wheelchair accessible. You may feel dehydrated while walking, so make sure to bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Away from the Grand Canyon Village, this is an excellent trail for quiet walks with minimal elevation change. Also you can access the trail from many of the shuttle bus stops.
Recommendations: Comfortable shoes for walking. Limited wheel chair access. Cooler temperatures with higher elevation. No suitcases or oversized backpacks allowed due to security at Hoover Dam.