The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Tusayan, Arizona

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The fascination with the Grand Canyon spans every age, nationality, and experience. The view into the chasm appears to be pure illusion, for it seems that nothing can be that deep, that mysterious, that endless. While volumes have been written about its majesty, no words or pictures can do justice to the happy shock of coming upon it. One writer notes that people who stare across and into the magnificent abyss, no matter how many pictures they’ve seen of it, find themselves instinctively looking back to check that the earth they’re standing on is solid. Although you may suppose that it will be enough for you to just stand and gaze at this massive split in the heart of the earth, once you arrive you’ll discover that you may want to participate more fully in the canyon experience. Then you must decide how to do it, for there are many ways to see the South Rim. You can travel on foot, on horseback, or cling to a mule. You can view the Grand Canyon from the top down: flying over it in a small plane or helicopter; or from the bottom up: riding the torrents of the Colorado River rapids. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Flagstaff. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

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"The fascination with the Grand Canyon spans every age, nationality, and experience. The view into the chasm appears to be pure illusion, for it seems that nothing can be that deep, that mysterious, that endless. While volumes have been written about its majesty, no words or pictures can do justice to the happy shock of coming upon it. One writer notes that people who stare across and into the magnificent abyss, no matter how many pictures they’ve seen of it, find themselves instinctively looking back to check that the earth they’re standing on is solid. Although you may suppose that it will be enough for you to just stand and gaze at this massive split in the heart of the earth, once you arrive you’ll discover that you may want to participate more fully in the canyon experience. Then you must decide how to do it, for there are many ways to see the South Rim. You can travel on foot, on horseback, or cling to a mule. You can view the Grand Canyon from the top down: flying over it in a small plane or helicopter; or from the bottom up: riding the torrents of the Colorado River rapids. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Flagstaff. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tusayan
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

11/26/2005
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The South Rim trail offers the easiest walking in the Grand Canyon. Since you are walking along the Grand Canyon, the views are never the same twice with changes in cloud patterns dappling the canyon and dramatic sunsets and sunrises. This trail is perfect for those just driving through or with young children. Be prepared for bumper to bumper walkers. Be aware trails are not heavily marked, so use the park's guide maps to know where you are and where you want to go.



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