The USA’s Grand Canyon (Arizona) seen from the North Rim’s Bright Angel Point.
Grand Canyon North Rim
The Bugcrew visited only the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. This was probably a mistake for although there were far fewer visitors than on the South Rim it was a hefty drive to get there and we believe the views and activity options were far more limited.
The canyon is certainly grand – the biggest canyon in the world of course – the view is awesome and the silence inspiring, but from the North Rim the initial reaction after the long drive is ‘Jeez, look at the size of that! ‘ followed by a rush to the short path along the (in this case north) rim.
However, after a wander around in the afternoon, followed by another walk early the next morning, when the scene was fundamentally the same even though the sun was pointing a different way, and it was impossible not to feel ‘Is that it then? ‘
The Grand Canyon Lodge and (public) overlook on the North Rim.
Places to Stay on the North Rim
The only lodging within the National Park on the North Rim is the Grand Canyon Lodge. Ask for one of the cabins rather than motel rooms. Cabins sleep from three to six people.
The Grand Canyon Lodge Lodge is beautifully situated and apparently well managed. This and nearby campgrounds are in much demand so, as usual, book ahead!
The rim path is short but sweet and impressively – for a heavily litigious society – unfenced.
The Canyon runs east-west direction for 27 miles, and is mostly about 10 miles wide. Your experience there will be determined by which rim you visit; they’re just 24 miles apart as the crow flies but a distance of 200 miles by car.
A short and less-than-inspiring trail running from Point Imperial on the North Rim.
Full-on forest fires are incredibly destructive and much of the North Rim’s hinterland still looks like the Somme in 1917 even though the big fire was several years previously.