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VIP Deluxe Grand Canyon West Rim and Valley of Fire Helicopter Tour
"At the Grand Canyon the greatest natural wonder of the world you'll descend below the depths of the canyon walls accessible only by helicopter. Here you'll experience the untouched grandeur of the Grand Canyon while enjoying a champagne picnic in the heart of Hualapai Indian territory overlooking the mighty Colorado River.Your unforgettable tour continues as you soar along the Canyon Rim on your way to the Valley of Fire to witness its flaming red rock formations. Complete your VIP tour with an incredible bird's-eye view of th payable at the time of tour check-in."
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"On your state-of-the-art EC-130 helicopter you'll discover the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon as you fly to the West Rim passing the spectacular sight of the Hoover Dam from the air curved between the red rock canyon walls. During the flight your friendly and knowledgeable pilot will provide an expert and entertaining commentary.Your flight back to Las Vegas includes fantastic aerial views of the famous hotels along the ""Strip"". On landing your limousine will be waiting to return y payable at the time of tour check-in."""
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Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour
"This tour is likely to sell-out! The Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour regularly sells out weeks in advance so book ahead to avoid disappointment!You'll discover the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon as your air-conditioned helicopter flies to the West Rim passing over Lake Las Vegas Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam en route. Hoover Dam is a spectacular sight from the air curved between the rock canyon walls. During the flight you can listen to a recorded commentary about the Grand Canyon and its surrounds via audio headphones.You'll land for an unforgettable champagne picnic 3
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Lots of Wildlife

I love the wildlife around the Grand Canyon. Last May I was hiking down the South Kaibab trial and a mature Desert Big Horn ram crossed in front of me. Tons of mule deer, sheep, condors, scorpions, snakes, elk (don't ever lift up any rocks) can be found in the Grand Canyon. Keep an eye out for some great encounters with the wildlife the canyon has to offer.

Please remember to leave the animals alone and do not feed them.

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Feb 12, 2012

Phanton Ranch & Colorado River Hike

If you are willing to put a little effort into your hike you can be rewarded with some astonishing views and areas where a lot of people haven't gone.

Last year I went down the South Kaibab Trail with my son (see my home page for more details) to spend the night at the Phanton Ranch. If you don't want to go all the way to the bottom you can see the Colorado River and the Phantom Ranch from a little over half way down. It will give you a different perspective on the Grand Canyon and most people never go that far.

If you are going to the bottom of the Canyon you can camp out or make reservations for the Phantom Ranch through Xanterra. If you are planning to camp I think you will need to get a permit. The mules can carry your tent and other supplies down for you at a cost of around $80 or so. Check with the NPS or their website for more information.

Make sure and take plenty of water and some snacks so you don't run into trouble on the trail. No water, shade or phones on the South Kaibab Trail.

For an usual, off the beaten path, the South Kaibab Trail is a sure bet. Just be careful and tell someone when and where you are going.


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Jul 28, 2005

Angel trail

Not that the angel trail is off the beaten path, well it is if you hike down far enough. The trail head is crowded towards the top, but if you hike a mile or more down, the crowd virtually thins out to a ghost town, I don't think too many people are committed to hiking 3 or more miles down and then back up, but we were and we had a great time doing so. It made for a nice and easy day hike. I wanted to get a feel for the canyon, it wasn't enough to just look at it, I wanted to experience it too, and hiking the angel trail was an excellent way to do it. Being young helped us a lot, somehow it only took us 3 hours down to the 3 mile marker house and 50 minutes back up, which is a testament to the traffic on the way down, although we did hike pretty hard on the way back up.

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Mar 26, 2004

Take a dare and close the...

Take a dare and close the distance between South and North Rim, by walking the Bright Angel and Kaibab trails. However, take the time to do so, then you will enjoy the splendour of the Canyon and maybe even learn some secrets that no-one else experienced before.

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Sep 08, 2002
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Hike the South Kaibab Trail. ...

Hike the South Kaibab Trail. This one also decends into the canyon, but is less travelled and somewhat harder than Bright Angel. I've hiked this one part way as a warm-up the day before hiking farther down on Bright Angel. Anyway, it was raining this day and was kind of chilly in the canyon. Here's a view of the trail... you'll see a very similar thing on both trails! :) Actually, I think the colors are a little bit different in this part of the canyon, so if you want some variety... well, take this one! :)

Aug 26, 2002

Hike the canyon! :) If you're...

Hike the canyon! :) If you're used to hiking, this will be quite different because you use some energy going down, but it's not that much. You keep telling yourself you can go farther, but at the end you have to eventually hike back out! Yeah, that's the killer, and it's pretty tough to come back up. See my danger section.

Anyway, the best route is probably the Bright Angel Trail. It's the 'easier' of the two main trails and the most widely used. There are a couple water stations before rechaing the semi-bottom, where there's another small station at Indian Gardens (which has a small ranger station). At any rate, you'll get great views inside the canyon, of course. When I was coming back up the first time I hiked this trail (I've done it twice now), we had a hail storm near the top, while at the bottom is was raining... weather varies drastically between different points in the canyon!

In this photo, this is the Bright Angel Trail where it starts to level off somewhat... very close to the Indian Gardens waypoint.

Aug 26, 2002

Go for one of the walking...

Go for one of the walking trail down into the Canyon. There are hikes of different lenghts. You can go just go half way or choose the longest one which is really strenuous but goes all the way down where you can see the Colorado River. If you go for the latter start early as it takes quite some time. Also take some litres of water with you, you´ll need it. And the rangers won´t let you go any further if they catch you without or an insufficient amout of water. There are several places to start your hike but the ones i did were all very scenic and i enjoyed them all.
There also is a bus system that takes you around to several lookouts.
For sunset the park is crowded at several places, but it a beautiful event.

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Aug 25, 2002

The shower!!!! Yes, the camp...

The shower!!!! Yes, the camp site has a public shower block. After a six hour walk, it was the best shower I ever had in my entire life! Take a plentiful supply of quarters, because they're coin operated and you don't get nearly enough time for your money.

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Aug 25, 2002

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On our hitchhike round from...

On our hitchhike round from North Rim to South, we crossed the Colorado River further upstream. Worth a look.

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Sep 12, 2002

Things to Do Near Grand Canyon

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Lookout Studio

Built in 1914 and designed by Mary Colter, this building was designed to look like a pueblo Indian dwelling. Made of limestone the same as the upper Grand Canyon walls, this building blends into it's...
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Bright Angel Trail

You will find dozens of tips already written on the Bright Angel Trail, just here on Virtualtourist. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the assorted hiking guides to the region you will...
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Kolb Studio

It’s going to be nearly impossible for me to write less than a novel about this one as if you’ve ever seen the work of these pioneer photographers of the Grand Canyon and understand what they did -...
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Mather Point

Mather Point is one of the popular destinations in the South Rim area of the Grand Canyon. It is extremely crowded, and you may have to wait a while to get to the location you want to get to in order...
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South Rim

We went on a short trip to Vegas for our 1st wedding anniversary and took a side trip to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. We had intended to spend 2 night here as it was such a long drive to get the...
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Hopi Point

The houses of the Hopi shelter, storage and work and ceremonial practices. The stone and mortar is coated with plaster and painted with whitewash. The clay is used to connect the strusture elements....
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