Rim, South, Grand Canyon National Park

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    Such a stunning place

    by johnaalex Written May 14, 2015

    Without any doubt this is one of the Great Natural Wonders of the World and it is so accessible. There are options to stay within the National Park and you can get around on the shuttle buses. I chose to stay in nearby Flagstaff which is about 90 minutes away by car using Highway 89. This route will take you into the canyon from the east. You can then follow route 64 heading west and stop off at various look out points before reaching Grand Canyon Village. After visting the Village you can then head back to Flagstaff via Highway 180. This can all be easily in a day.

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    South Rim: Pioneer Cemetery

    by goodfish Updated Oct 26, 2014

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    "He fell wholly in love with this Timeless Wonder - this Grand Canyon - calling it “The Place for all time, “ and his wife knew it was true. Here he pursued his quest to live fully, and be forever learning, to grow in spirit.” Gravestone of M.W. Gustafson

    This quiet, shady corner has a lot of stories to tell but not a lot of visitors. Here rest some of the earliest, non-indigenous settlers of the canyon, individuals who served the NPS or the military, who worked at the lodges, or who simply lived within the boundaries. They were range riders, trail builders and guides, blacksmiths, CCC workers, park rangers, scientists, senators, park superintendents, artists, teachers, Harvey Girls, miners, husbands, wives and children. Although not officially designated as a cemetery until 1924, the earliest recorded burials date to 1919. Among some of the notables interred or commemorated here are:

    Capt. John Hance - first locator at the Grand Canyon, and first white settler. First person known to be buried on these grounds (1919)

    William and Ida Bass - another first settler, Bill established Bass Camp, the stagecoach line from Williams, and first rim-to-rim trail across the canyon His ashes were scattered over Holy Grail Temple in the canyon.

    Raymond Miner Tillotson - 17-year Superintendent of the Grand Canyon, 1922 - 1938

    Glen E. Sturdevant - ranger and first park naturalist of the Grand Canyon, 1925 - 1929. Drowned in 1929 with ranger Fred Johnson while trying to cross the Colorado River. Ranger Johnson’s body was never recovered although a memorial was erected in this cemetery.

    Dr. Edwin McKee - second ranger naturalist at the Grand Canyon, 1929 - 1940
    Dr. KcKee fell for a pretty girl, Barbara, who was working on the North Rim, and often made the arduous hike both ways across the canyon to see her. They married in late 1929, and she is buried here as well.

    Carol Anne Martin - one of the first women superintendents of a National Park (Tuzigoot National Monument)

    Emery Kolb - famed pioneer photographer of the Grand Canyon, and resident for over 60 years.
    Emery married a Harvey Girl, Blanche Bender, who is also buried here.

    Ellsworth Kolb - author and photographer, brother of Emery

    Ralph Henry Cameron -U.S. Senator and (fraudulent) claim holder of property within what is now Grand Canyon National Park including Bright Angel trailhead and Indian Garden, for which he collected user tolls. It’s ironic that he’s here as he was a fierce opponent of the Antiquities Act, and waged a long and bitter battle against the establishment of the park.

    There is also a large memorial to the victims of the worst U.S. air disaster of its day: the 1956 mid-air collision of United Airlines and TWA aircraft over the canyon almost directly north of Desert View, killing all 128 passengers. Remains of 29 unidentified victims were interred here in four coffins, and the majority of the rest in a mass grave in Flagstaff. That disaster led to the formation of the FAA, and the (unrevealed) crash location was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2014. You can read more about the unfortunate event here:

    http://grandcanyonhistory.clas.asu.edu/sites_coloradorivercorridor_1956crash.html

    Want your own plot? From the park website:
    "To qualify for burial an individual must have lived at Grand Canyon for no less than three years or must have made a significant and substantial contribution to the development of, public knowledge about, understanding of or appreciation for Grand Canyon National Park."

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    South Rim: Grand Canyon Depot

    by goodfish Updated Oct 5, 2014

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    If you are arriving via the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, you’ll alight at the same depot as visitors over a century ago. The expansion of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe service to the canyon in 1901 made getting here a whole heck of a lot easier, and the station was built in 1909-19010 to receive a growing number of tourists. The railroad also financed the construction of a large number of hotels and other facilities on the South Rim, including the El Tovar hotel which, conveniently enough, is very near where the railroad decided to place this station.

    But just as tourism expanded at the canyon, so did the network of U.S. highways: by the 1950’s - 60’s the vast majority of visitors were driving their own vehicles to the park. The railroad discontinued all but freight service in 1968, and abandoned the line altogether in 1978. Rescued from demolition in 1988 by Max and Thelma Biegert, trains were again shuttling passengers between Williams and this station by the following year. The Biegards sold the operation to the park’s concessioner, Xanterra, in 2006.

    It is an intentionally unassuming structure, built in what is best described as "National Park Rustic”, that is only one of three log-construction depots still in existence, and the only one where logs are more than just window dressing. It’s also the only train station inside a national park, and appears little changed from the days when ladies in hobble skirts and gentlemen in bowler hats lounged in the waiting room. Be sure and browse the photographs on the walls of some of the famous faces who have come through here!

    Grand Canyon Depot is a designated National Historic Landmark, and we found it open for a peek around the hours trains arrive or depart so check the schedule at:

    http://www.thetrain.com/the-train/schedule-routes/

    A formal description of the structure before the line was re-opened:

    http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/harrison/harrison7.htm

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    Verkamp's Visitor's Center: museum and store

    by glabah Written Nov 23, 2009

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    Located along the Rim Trail just east of the main lodge areas and Grand Canyon Railway train station, this little store provides a number of books and maps that are useful for those wishing to tour the Grand Canyon area. The museum provides a number of historical items and a timeline of the development of the canyon.

    At one time, this building was the home of a privately operating concessions shop, which had been doing business on the rim of the Canyon since 1898 (and continuously in this very building since 1906).

    Verkamp's Visitor's Center, Museum here in 1906 museum timeline located insde Verkamp's Center life of those working in park in Verkamp center
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    Shrine of the Ages: Ranger Programs and Worship

    by glabah Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    Grand Canyon Village is not just a location for tourists, but there are a fair number of people who live here as their place of employment is at the Grand Canyon. It takes quite a lot of people to support the various operations going on here.

    Therefore, it should be no surprise that there are also various worship services that occur here, and a number of those services occur within the building known as "Shrine of the Ages".

    There are also a number of evening ranger programs that occur in this building.

    The bulletin board outside the Shrine of the Ages gives the timetable of events, including ranger presentations and worship services for those conducting worhsip in the building.

    The building is actually fairly good sized, but it is proportioned well and hidden well within the trees, so that unlike many of the buildings in the park of equivalent size it would be very easy to walk right past it without noticing.

    Shrine of the Ages: this side faces the graveyard Shrine of the Ages: this side faces parking lot Shrine of the Ages: schedule of ranger programs Shrine of the Ages: schedule of religious services
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    Rim Trail

    by glabah Written Nov 23, 2009

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    Running from the Pipe Creek Vista west all the way to Hermit's Rest (approximately 11.5 miles, or 19 km), the south rim trail leads to a number of viewpoints and other points of interest along the rim of the Canyon.

    In areas near the Grand Canyon Village and other major points of interest, there are railings or fences to keep people away from the edge of the Canyon. However, further away from these major points of interest, you will find that there is nothing much preventing visitors from throwing themselves over the canyon edge, if they so desire. Keep in mind that the edge of the canyon is unstable in a number of locations, so you probably don't want to venture too far into areas where the trail isn't officially located. There's a reason they avoided putting the trail on certain rock outcroppings!

    Restrooms are available along the length of the trail at major points, but this does not include the Pipe Creek Viewpoint at the eastern end of the trail.

    Shuttle buses operate on routes that parallel the Rim Trail. While no one bus will take you the entire length of the trail, it is possible to travel its length by transferring at two transit centers where the bus routes intersect.

    Much of the trail is paved and may be used by wheelchair users. However, in some locations the trail is only dirt (particularly on the west side of Grand Canyon Village, such as between the points named as "Maricopa Point" and "Monument Creek Vista". There are other places where the trail has a gravel section that is only suitable for walking, but there is a paved branch trail that is not as steep or narrow that can be traversed by wheelchairs.

    There is no significant elevation gain over the length of the trail, but the altitude may have a huge effect on walking speed. Read the various cautions issued by the Park Service, as there are places here that don't give a lot of room for error.

    Rim Trail (on south rim) is paved much of the way Rim Trail (on south rim) is paved much of the way Rim Trail (south rim) features rough steep parts Careful! Parts of Rim Trail go near unstable edge. See Sign at Rim Trail: everything very well marked
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    A tour at the airport.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    The little village of Tusayan is about 6 miles south of the Grand Canyon Village and only 1 mile from the National Park entrance. It contains several private hotels, a few restaurants, grocery stores, souvernir shops and even a small airport.

    The small airport is available to private aircrafts and has some commercial flights into the larger airports of Flagstaff, Phoenix or Las Vegas. But most of all it services by air tour companies, which was our purpose of visiting this airport.

    We were supposed to leave at 16:00u for our scenic flight, but we had some delay. We were already checked-in and were waiting near the runway for our plane to arrive. Just to kill time we walked around and saw some nice old planes, it was like an open-air museum. I guess we had our own personal tour!

    Terminal hours:
    07:00 - 19:00u, every day.

    Jeroen having a look at an old plane. Overview of the airport.
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    Go west towards Hermit's Rest

    by SLLiew Written Oct 13, 2006

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    At the Southern Rim, if you keep driving west from the Visitor's Center along Hermit Road, you will pass through many incredible look out points - Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, The Abyss and Pima Point before finally reaching Hermit's Rest.

    Hermit's Rest is the begiinning of the tough Hermit Trail. Did not have time to do the trail. But the stone structure is an interesting stop.

    Note: The Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles from mid-March to mid-October due to the crowds. Use park shuttle instead.

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    More popular Southern Rim Entrance

    by SLLiew Written Aug 29, 2006

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    If it is your first trip to Grand Canyon, choose Southern Rim. Though more crowded, it is more accessible from the Interstate Highway, have more available facilities and services and have greater range of vistas.

    Besides the Visitor's Center, there are two museums Yavapai Museum and Tusayan Museum.

    If you have time, you can go trekking the Bright Angle Trail, all the way or part of the way.

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    From an Overlook

    by grandmaR Written Aug 22, 2005

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    I don't know what this photo shows, except that I know it was taken from the South Rim, because it was so late in the season that we visited that the North Rim wasn't open.

    If anyone knows what this is a picture of, I'd appreciate knowing.

    What is the mound?
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    South Rim - The world seems larger ...

    by Jerelis Written Dec 22, 2003

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    Maybe it's true, maybe not...but we heared some people say that the world seems larger looking over The Grand Canyon. A fact is that looking from the South Rim over The Grand Canyon is a view never to forget.

    After a little walk into the canyon over the Bright Angel trail we returned to the rim and witnessed a sunset which was very impessive and of course romantic.

    Yes! The Grand Canyon is a land to humble the soul!

    The Lookout Studio at the South Rim.
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    South Rim - Grand Canyon Village

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Here, at the Grand Canyon Village, one gets to stand right at the edge of the canyon. The South Rim is open all year while the North Rim is closed from mid-October to mid-May due to deep snows.

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