We spent the entire day and another night at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We were shocked at the temperature over the evening, since its so sunny and hot during the day.
The IMAX theater was right next to our hotel, so we watched the history movie first before heading into the park. Driving in from the hotel, we passed some elk and mule deer. We walked around the upper trails to take a lot of pictures and there was not a single bad view. We did the Park Ranger History of the People tour in the afternoon, watched a movie at the visitor center, then found a good view and posted up to watch the sunset from Yaki Point. Here’s some fun facts…
- Grand Canyon is 1.2 million acres, only a little smaller than the state of Delaware
- There are 4.5 million visitors per year
- Became a National Park in 1919
- Santa Fe Railroad established a station in 1901
- Associated with 15 Native American tribes
- The temperature was almost 20 degrees higher lower down, where you can hike and there is a ranger station (we stayed up top the whole time). It was about mid 70’s at the top.
- Ralph Cameron was the “founder” of the park
- Natives that lived there grew crops down below and hunted up on the rim
- There are no minerals, gold or anything of material value for pioneers to take, instead there is bat guano, copper and asbestos
- The original architect of the lodging and buildings (inside of El Tovar hotel, Hopi house and Lookout Studio) was a female named Mary Colter
Pictures from our phones
Yoga on the rocks (combination of iPhone and Canon)
CREC Flag shout out
Some views before sunset (camera phone)
We capped off the night at the hotel bar, hearing hilarious stories from the bar tender and a visitor from Texas.
If I get to the Canyon again, I would go for a hike down to the bottom to check out where people lived and do a white water rafting tour down the Colorado River.