Grand Canyon, North Rim
If you ever get a chance to visit the Grand Canyon, DON’T PASS IT UP. It is more beautiful than the photos try and show off. Even if you are just nearby, like taking a little vacation in Las Vegas, Southern Utah, etc., see if you have an extra day or two to check out the North Rim. If you are in Vegas and are only staying for the weekend, then your best bet will be to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, as it is a much closer drive to/from Las Vegas, NV.
From Las Vegas, heading up to the North Rim is about a 4.5 hour drive. Once you get to St. George, Utah, you are half the distance there, but once you get to the mountains, the roads get a bit windy, and speed limits lower. Getting there is actually a very pretty drive, once you get passed St. George, and start going through Hurricane.
Once you start the actual climb for the Grand Canyon mountain itself, the scenery really starts to brighten up and get woody. It’s a beautiful feeling; the temperature starts to drop to more cool/comfortable conditions (in the Summer), and the air gets much crisper. If you are planning to camp or are trailering there, it is important to look for and book a reservation before your trip. There are peak seasons up there that book up fairly quickly, so preparation could help a lot!
We actually made our whole trip a 4 day trip, leaving from Las Vegas early morning Thursday, and staying our first night at a Campground just a few miles below the North Rim (we took our trailer). If you don’t have a means of using a trailer, you can also tent camp which would be fine during the nice weather, or if camping isn’t for you, they have lodges at the very top that you can rent as well. Staying there would be just as, if not more relaxing.
Once you are there, you can take the trail that loops around the North Rim, and gives you a beautiful view of the Grand Canyon itself. After relaxing and taking some extra beautiful photos, you can swing into the Deli or the Saloon for some cold drinks or food. This is another benefit of staying in their lodging, you are just a walking distance away from food the whole time. If you are camping, of course, you have to prepare for making food, or just drive up the hill and stop at the deli. They also have a coffee shop which has bakery options and other breakfast choices, for you early morning necessities.
Lastly, if you are staying for more than one day, we recommend that you grab a map when you enter, and choose a few different trails to drive down, and then a few trails to actually hike as well. It is a large mountain, so hiking and getting the best views is going to be the most fun! For those of you that have already been, do you have any other recommendations? If you haven’t been, but want to go, let us know in the Comments below! Were excited to hear about your stories and future endeavors!!
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