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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Did you go to the reservation?

    I'm thinking we'll probably have to stay a month in Flagstaff just to be able to see everything in that general area.
    Yes, we did. They were just building the skywalk, and chipping away on the carving. Be prepared to pay, but it is worth it, in my opinion. We stayed in Williams, just south of the south rim entrance, and the terminus of the Grand Canyon Railroad. You might want to consider that as home base.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    Yes, we did. They were just building the skywalk, and chipping away on the carving. Be prepared to pay, but it is worth it, in my opinion. We stayed in Williams, just south of the south rim entrance, and the terminus of the Grand Canyon Railroad. You might want to consider that as home base.
    Thanks! I am considering Williams because it seems more centrally located and would make more sense.
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    I went to the west rim (take 40 west from Flagstaff). It was off the beaten path with not a ton of tourists. The west rim is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation so there will be indian "artifacts" for sale. The west rim (like other parts of the Canyon, I imagine) offers river rafting, helicopter tours, zip lining, and a skywalk but I went to Guano Point where there once existed a bat guano farming operation (they tried using it as fertilizer back in the 1930s). An old tram that crosses the canyon exists, a deli, and small market, but that's about it.
    https://www.grandcanyonwest.com/grand-canyon-west.htm

    I will say that pictures don't do the Canyon justice. It's absolutely awe-inspiring the sheer size and scope of the Canyon that can only be experienced there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris0nllyn View Post
    I went to the west rim (take 40 west from Flagstaff). It was off the beaten path with not a ton of tourists. The west rim is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation so there will be indian "artifacts" for sale. The west rim (like other parts of the Canyon, I imagine) offers river rafting, helicopter tours, zip lining, and a skywalk but I went to Guano Point where there once existed a bat guano farming operation (they tried using it as fertilizer back in the 1930s). An old tram that crosses the canyon exists, a deli, and small market, but that's about it.
    https://www.grandcanyonwest.com/grand-canyon-west.htm

    I will say that pictures don't do the Canyon justice. It's absolutely awe-inspiring the sheer size and scope of the Canyon that can only be experienced there.
    Thanks!

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    We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express right outside the south rim gate. We went in the park that evening to take some beautiful sunset photos. We went back in the morning and hiked around the rim. We drove along the rim to the east entrance/exit and stopped at all the scenic overlooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Tell me about your trip. How long were you there? Where did you stay? What did you do?
    Well, we lived in Tucson for a while. One day we were out and about and decided on a whim to head up to the Grand Canyon.

    It was October. In Tucson, that means it was somewhere between 90 and 100 outside, and we were looking for a lunchtime picnic area in the Catalina Mountains, so the family was dressed in shorts and tanktops. The Grand Canyon came up in passing conversation, and I said, "Wanna go?". She said yes, and we turned the jeep around and drove across town and hopped on Rt 10 headed north.

    6 hours later, we're in Flagstaff.... where there was snow on the ground and it was about 30 degrees outside. We continued up Rt 89 for a while and somewhere between Flagstaff and the Canyon we found a Day's Inn (The name Lee's Ferry seems to be ringing a bell in my head, but I'm not totally sure). So, snow on the ground and dressed for the beach, I ran inside the hotel and turned the heat on, while my wife and kids waited in the car for the room to become inhabitable. Eventually we got the kids nestled in, and I went off to buy clothes and jackets for everyone.

    The next morning, we hopped back on 89 and drove north till the road ended. We started hiking northward and the density of people told us we were headed in the right direction. I remember clearing a bunch of trees and there it was.

    Majestic as ####!

    I stopped and just stared at it for a few minutes. My oldest (5 at the time) was the only one of the kids who had any idea what was happening. I had as close to a religious experience as I've ever had. My wife, as I mentioned before, was unimpressed. "It's nice" she said.


    In my opinion, saying "It's nice" about the Grand Canyon was like telling someone standing in the path of a tsunami that they fixin ta get "damp".

    There's a glass outcropping somewhere along the canyon now. It didn't exist when we were there, and honestly I have no idea how far away we were from it's eventual site. The place we landed was very undeveloped. Very wilderness-y, and I am very glad of that. And, of course, my oldest kept screaming to hear his echo.




    After he heard me do it first.

    We stayed until lunchtime or so, then found a restaurant and visited a couple shops then headed on home. I was going to suggest we go by Winston and visit the Crater hole, but I couldn't imagine that would have been received any better than the canyon.
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    My tip? Do not try to take selfies!

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    Love the Grand Canyon! No way to escape tourist so just prepare for that. Stayed at the El Tovar in the park. For the skywalk, no personal cameras or phones allowed. And you wear their slip on booties. They will take your pic but best to know how you want to pose since it's a little rushed depending on the crowd. I would have preferred to spend more time on the glass. Overall worth it but I liked the south rim better. My favorite spot not to miss is the Lowell Observatory. Enjoy!

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    Thanks for all the tips and stories
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    Looks like we'll be spending a month in the GC area! Oh the humanity.
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