Traveler Tip 11 – What Are the “Don’t Miss” Places at the Grand Canyon?
At the South Rim, you’ll get your first view of the Canyon from Mather Point. Here, you should also take the opportunity to visit the Canyon View Information Visitor Center just across the street. Yavapai Point is 1 mile West of Mather Point. Here you can learn more about the complex geological forces that shaped the Grand Canyon (and get a great view of it, too!) One mile West of the park business center is Grand Canyon Village Historic District. Here you should park your vehicle and walk the easy Rim Trail along the Canyon Rim, or ride the free shuttle. Don’t forget to stop and explore the hotels, gift shops and museums dating back to the early 1900‘s: the El Tovar Hotel, Hopi House, Verkamp‘s, Kolb Studio and Bright Angel Lodge. If you have more time, try to explore the 26-mile East Rim Drive and its many beautiful overlooks.
At the North Rim, Point Imperial is reached by a winding scenic road lined with pine, birch and aspen trees. A stunning, expansive overlook, you can see Marble Canyon, the Painted Desert and all the way across to the South Rim from Point Imperial. Cape Royal is a more vertically oriented viewpoint where you can see the Unkar Delta of the Colorado River through Angel’s Window, which is literally a “hole in the wall” of the Grand Canyon. At Bright Angel Point, you can walk out to several smaller overlooks of the Grand Canyon, plus walk through the historic Grand Canyon Lodge. You might even take in a ranger program or view the educational displays at the visitors’ center nearby.
If you’re visiting Grand Canyon West, the main canyon overlooks are Eagle Point and Guano Point. Eagle Point is named for the appearance of an eagle in flight in the rock face to the East. This jagged, vertical viewpoint has excellent views of the Colorado River. Grand Canyon West is also the site of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass-lined cantilevered bridge that will project 70’ past the lip of the canyon, making you feel as though you’re floating high in the air above the Colorado River. At Guano Point, named for a defunct mining operation, you can sit down to a barbecue meal with the very edge of the Grand Canyon mere feet from your table. Take a walk around the point and take a look at some of the old mining equipment, or sign up for a helicopter ride to the bottom!
Travel Tip 12 – Can I Bring My Dog?
Dogs are welcome at Grand Canyon South Rim. They must be leashed at all times and remain ONLY on rimside trails. Dogs are not allowed on ANY inner canyon trails, nor are they allowed in hotels, restaurants, gift shops or other public places (service dogs for the disabled excepted). Pets must NEVER be left unattended in a hotel room, campsite or a parked car. Dogs get dehydrated, too, so bring enough water for your dog when out exploring.