Side Trips, Grand Canyon National Park

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  • Grand Canyon Depot.
    Grand Canyon Depot.
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  • Hopi House.
    Hopi House.
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  • Just us in front of the East rim.
    Just us in front of the East rim.
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    Horse Shoe Bend

    by staindesign Written May 30, 2014

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    Horse shoe bend is an awesome spot to stop right outside of Page. It is about 2 hrs from the south rim. You'll drive up to this very unassuming location, where the parking lot is in front of the path which begins with you climbing a tall sand dune. It's about 3/4 mile hike without shade. About halfway there is a structure that has been build for shade. The path is very sandy and a slight incline. You can't see the bend until you get right up to the edge. But once you look over, there is a gorgeous scene.

    Use your GPS/google to find this gem. It is sort of confusing to explain how to find the place.

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    Historic District - Several historical buildings.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Buckey O'Neill Cabin.

    Funny how we look back on this Historical District. We didn't know it has specific meaning once we were there. All the buildings in this district are landmarks and represent the last 100 years. The picture of the Buckey O'Neill Cabin is the best proof. We took the picture not knowing anything about it. Now we selected it as a special picture and we can tell you why.

    The Buckey O'Neill cabin is the oldest continuously standing structure on the rim and the only portion of the Bright Angel Lodge that was also part of the old Bright Angel Camp. The cabin was constructed at some time during the 1890's by William Owen "Buckey" O'Neill. Buckey O'Neill used to be a miner, but learned that it was not a profitable profession in the Grand Canyon.

    Other historical buildings in the Historical District are:
    * Kolb Studio;
    * Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins;
    * Old Cameron Hotel;
    * Verkamp's Store.

    The Historic district is open daily and 24 hours and worth a look if you've even wondered how man interact with the natural wonder of this area during the past 100 years.

    Address:
    Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon AZ 86046

    Directions:
    At the South Rim, beyond the Visitor Center and shopping area.

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    Four Corners

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My dad, daughter and our cars

    The "Four Corners" is the name given to the only point in the USA where four states meet, namely southeastern Utah, southwestern Colorado, northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico.

    The name is also often applied to the surrounding region.

    Some people are very disparaging of this site. It is in the middle of an Navaho Indian Reservation, and apparently now it is somewhat commercialized. It can be accessed by a clearly marked short spur road from US160. We went through here in 1966 and there wasn't anything much there at that time and we didn't have to pay an admission fee, although there is one now.

    Our cars are in the background and my dad and one daughter are standing in Colorado, sticking one toe over into Utah.

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    East rim - Proof we were there! :-)

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 16, 2006

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    Just us in front of the East rim.

    The best thing about the viewpoints at the East Rim is the peace and quite out there! Just standing there made us listen to the wind slip along the rocks and sand. It was obvious that time stood still in this place so peaceful, but time has carved this region into something special. It's no place for people who want to get there now, cross it off the list and move on.

    To be honest we were a kind of "those people", because we didn't go all the way to, for example, Paria River, Soap Creek or the Spencer Trail. We stayed at the rim.

    The funny things is that we were quite off the beaten path and we were there "rise and shine". Still we met other freaks like us and they were kind enough to take a picture of us :-)

    Directions:
    Gravel roads along Highway 64, directly to the east entrance.

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    East Rim - Just one morning!

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 16, 2006

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    A beautiful morning!

    When we stayed in the Grand Canyon Inn and had our diner we had a nice conversation with someone of the staff and he said:"You can spend years in Arizona and never hear of the East Rim!". For us a good reason to visit it the first thing in the mroning.

    We knew that we would pass the area when we would leave the Grand Canyon on our way to Utah's Zion and Bryce National Pars, but we bever thought of actually of leaving the highway, drive the gravel roads and look some futher for view points. As you know the Grand Canyon has a North Rim and a South Rim, where paved roads lead to scenic viewpoints, but only gravel roads lead to the edge of the canyon along its East Rim. We are not talking about the East Rim Drive, which is actually along the South Rim!

    Directions:
    Gravel roads along Highway 64, directly to the east entrance.

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    Historic District - Mary Colter.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 15, 2006

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    Hopi House.
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    Thinking about the Grand Canyon learned us that it is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. The Grand Canyon we visit today is a gift from past generations! We also consider Mary Colter a gift. She established a few structures in the Historic District and we saw some of them.

    First of all we visited the Lookout Studio, which is the third project of Mary Colter at the Grand Canyon. It was completed in 1914 and was constructed using native stones and design to resemble the stone pueblos common to the southwest. The telescope which was located here is now situated in the History Room of the Bright Angel Lodge. Maybe a bit disappointing, because you was able to use it to gaze into the Canyon and watch mule parties on the trails.

    Another project of Mary Colter was the Hopi House. This structure was completed in January of 1905 and the design was meant to reflect that of a typical adobe pueblo used by the Hopi Indians of old Oraibi. With its low ceilings and warren-like corners, the Hopi House used to sell curios in the old days; and it still does.

    Address:
    Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon AZ 86046

    Directions:
    At the South Rim, beyond the Visitor Center and shopping area.

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    Historic District - Off the beaten path???

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 15, 2006

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    Relinde overlooking the GC at the Lookout Studio.
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    We can hear you say "Why is this an Off the beaten path tip?". Well, that's quite simple. When we were in the Historical District we didn't know that this was such a district. We just walked around and we enjoyed the awe-inspiring view at the South Rim. Once we left the Grand Canyon National Park and we talked about it with other travellers we learned about the specific meaning of this area.

    We were told that the Historic District is beyond the Visitor Center and shopping area. Some very old buildings were put here, each with each own historical meaning. Maybe the most eye-catching building is the Grand Canyon Depot. We parked the car next to the railway station and found out that it's one of the better places to park if you are just visiting for one or two days.

    If you're lucky enough (we weren't!) you may even get to see the rebuilt engine number 18 of the Grand Canyon Railway at the station. For us the Depot was just the start of a visit to a place which beauty and size humbled us.

    Address:
    Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon AZ 86046

    Directions:
    At the South Rim, beyond the Visitor Center and shopping area.

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    • Trains

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    The Kaibab National Forest

    by windsorgirl Updated Nov 30, 2004

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    october snow scene en route to the North Rim

    We had another quick detour back in to Arizona from Zion National Park. We drove south to see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon after a snowfall. Unfortunately, there was no snow remaining on the canyon by the time we arrived, but we passed through some beautiful snow covered forest on Hwy 67 as we drove through the Kaibab National Forest.

    We were also very lucky to spot the elusive tassled eared squirrel on our drive! A small black animal scurried across the road in front of us. It had a white bushy tail and definitely wasn't a skunk. After reading through "The Guide", we realized that it was the Kaibab squirrel and they are normally very difficult to spot.

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    Monument Valley

    by windsorgirl Written Nov 17, 2004

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    Monument Valley

    About a 4 hour drive northeast of the Grand Canyon National Park on US163 will bring you to an amazing outcropping of rocky red buttes.

    Monument Valley was an awesome sight to see, the colours of the rock and vegetation and sky looked surreal. The area is located on a Navajo Indian Reservation at the border of Utah. Here you can take a guided tour with the Navajo or self drive through this stunning scenery. See my Monument Valley pages for more photos and info.

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    The Glen Canyon Dam at Page

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Cobalt blue waters entomb Glen Canyon

    If you want to read some brutally honest opinions about the travesty of the damming of the Colorado River, read some of Edward Abbey's work: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness; The Monkeywrench Gang; Serpents in Paradise; the Best of Edward Abbey. Be forewarned, he is really cranky.

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