The Grand.

I traveled to the the Grand Canyon and to describe the canyon there are no words I can find. It’s just breath taking.

My boyfriend and I went on a road trip through the southwest of the US so the Grand Canyon was a must to visit. We spened there two nights but could have stayed for a week. There is not just the north or south rim where you can see deers, the sunset and the sunrise. But also there are walks down into the canyon where the temperature rises and you can get to the Colorado River. The walk down is dangerous and the walk up is tough. We just walked for one houre down and back up it took us two hours. We’ve been at the Grand in March so the heat wasn’t there yet. Actually we still could see snow fields and at night the glasses of our van were frozen.

But what a stunning place on earth. Not even pictures could frame all of it’s beauty or circuitousness.

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south rim

south rim pocket map via the National Park Service

We stayed at the Mather Campground, next to the Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim already in the National Park. The best is to reserve a spot on the campground at least one night before you get there. The North Rim is closed in winter because it’s a little higher and there is more snow.

In the village you can find everything from shops, a grocery store, a post office and restaurants. The best is to start of at the Visetor Center. Where you get all information you need and have a great first view over the rim. Now you can do the easy rim walks or take a free shuttle bus to some other view points. At the first day we walked along the rim. At the second day we walked along the rim again till the South Kaibab Trailhead and did a bit of the walk down.

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After a break (always take a lot of water, suncreen and some salty snacks!!), we walked back up and took a shuttle. After that we walked some more along the rim and in the evening we took a shuttle to Hermits Rest and walked back to Pima Point to watch the sunset.

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Back we had to take the shuttle because it was getting to dark very fast and it was getting dangerous. Back at our campervan we had a little bonfire on the campground with some sausages and marshmellows. On almost every campgound we’ve been on our road trip we had a fire place, so great.

Next morning we were waking up and found some deers on the campground next to our place. Than we drove to Desert View while stopping along the way a few times. Desert View is an old view tower next to the canyon but where the river goes straight north instead of west – east like before. So next to the way chancing canyon is no more forest but desert. The building was build kind of in style of the natives but by one of the western female architects.

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At that point we drove further and left the Grand Canyon National Park behind us to get to our next stop on our road trip.

Hope my adventure will help your trip a little to plan your road trip.

Interessted into my current adventures?

Sending some love,

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Pia, x

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4 comments

  1. southernafricatravelsblog · May 14, 2016

    Looks amazing

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  2. LoveWhat'sWild · May 16, 2016

    Beautiful! Awesome photos! I live in Washington state and our hikes look much different! Check out my post from yesterday to see what the wet Pacific Northwest looks like! lovewhatswild.wordpress.com or my instagram @lovewhatswild

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    • piamuel · May 17, 2016

      sounds great and I will for sure! I’m flying to portugal tomorrow and can’t wait how that looks like. Feel free to check out creative indigo. xx

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