In the last two years, I’ve made two visits to Grand Canyon National Park to experience some of the most breathtaking views in the United States. In 2014, Julia and I hiked from the South Rim to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and in 2015, we hiked from Rim to Rim to Rim, South to North to South. I’m always blown away by the beautiful desert landscape that allows visitors to walk back in time some 2 billion years. Few words can express the journey one takes hiking into the Canyon through layers of tapeats sandstone, bright angel shale, and redwall limestone. There is also an abundance of resilient wildlife teeming in the Grand Canyon’s geologic marvels, and let’s not forget the whitewater rafting to be enjoyed on the Colorado River.
Sadly, most visitors only visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and never make a visit into the Canyon itself or to it’s North Rim. The South Rim is beautiful, but visitors are missing the full Canyon experience by only stopping there. Here are 20 pictures that I hope will motivate you to take a trip to the Grand Canyon, and inspire you to explore the South Rim, North Rim, and the beautiful canyon in between.
1.) There are few sights more beautiful than watching the sunrise from South Kaibab Trail on the South Rim
2.) The desert landscape is a series of silhouettes and towers you’ll never forget
3.) The size and scope of the Canyon starts to hit you as you make your way down towards the Colorado River
4.) I might never see a sky like that again in my lifetime
5.) If you ever need to gain some perspective on life, visit the Grand Canyon
6.) As you head down on South Kaibab towards Phantom Ranch, you’ll pass through a rock tunnel that leads to the crossing bridge
7.) The suspension bridge over the Colorado River
8.) Mules at Phantom Ranch, a great place to stop for a break or to camp
9.) Be prepared for thunderstorms in the desert, this one was quite nice on a hot day
10.) You’ve got to be tough to make it out here
11.) The Canyon floor can be brutally hot, but has it’s own charm
12.) The landscape begins to shift as you approach the North Rim
13.) Trails carved from stone
14.) Heading towards the North Rim with views back to the Canyon floor
15.) The breathtaking Coconino Overlook
16.) Arriving at the North Rim with views back towards the South
17.) The North Rim Lodge
18.) The North Rim has some great lodging, camping, and dining options
19.) Strike a pose for sunset
20.) Ready to visit the Grand Canyon!? Leave me a comment below!