29 Days – 6,500 Miles – 19 States
7 National Parks
Several State Parks – 6,000+ Photos
1 Trillion Insects Squished by Car Windshield
From 108 Degrees to Snow
From 282 Feet Below Sea Level to 12,000+ Feet
Bison, Elk, Prairie Dogs, Lizards, Wild Horses
Elvis, Aliens, John Wayne Westerns
Walking In The Footsteps of Forrest Gump
Grand Canyon – South Rim
Our next stop is Maricopa Point. After waiting just a few minutes, the next shuttle bus appeared to take us there — a 2 minute ride.
Named for John Wesley Powell,
one of the first explorers of the Grand Canyon.
Read more about this interesting explorer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wesley_Powell
Read more about the 1869 Expedition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powell_Geographic_Expedition_of_1869
These 2 views from Hopi Point show the immense drop between the rim and canyon floor – over 4,500 feet!
Many areas of the walkway do not have safety rails. Pay attention or you will be sailing though the air.
The North Rim, visible in the distance, is between 15-20 miles away and is actually 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim.
MONUMENT CREEK VISTA
We’re nearing the end of our route – only 2 more stops after this one.
The last stop before reaching Hermit’s Rest,
our final destination on this loop.
The last stop on the Red Line bus route is Hermit’s Rest. Built in 1914, it was originally constructed as a rest stop for the stage line that ran from El Tovar to this location. It is constructed of stone and timber, and was designed to resemble a dwelling constructed by an untrained mountain man.
After a quick water break, we boarded the bus back to the Visitor Center.
On the way back, we stopped at the Bright Angel Trailhead.
BRIGHT ANGEL TRAILHEAD
Remember this trail from one of our first stops?
This is an all-day hike to the canyon floor, nearly 8 miles roundtrip with a drop (and then a climb on the way back) of 4,500 feet. It’s a rough, rocky trail along cliffs with long falls if you are not careful. We passed. But, we did walk the first part just to say we hiked part of the trail.
Two views from the Bright Angel Trail.
Our last sightseeing stop of the day will be at Yavapai Point, which is east of the Visitor Center. There are fewer people on this loop.
Mileage Today: 110 Miles
Trip Total: 2,637 Miles