Grand Canyon National Park
Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size.
The North Rim
With an average elevation of 8,000 feet, the North Rim offers views of the canyon from a higher vantage, in an environment and sub-alpine climate of blue spruce, Douglas fir, mountain ash, colorful lupines and grassland meadows. Look for Kaibab squirrels, goshawks, porcupines, mule deer and elk.
From lodging on the North Rim, hike along the rim or into the canyon, take a mule ride into the canyon, or drive to viewpoints and other area points of interest. Trail rides at the North Rim are offered mid-May to mid-October, and provide riders with a sauntering view of the canyon. Hour-long to full-day rides are available. Inquire at the lodge.
Viewpoints on the North Rim provide memorable opportunities to look across the expanse of the canyon. Point Imperial and Cape Royal are reached via a winding scenic drive. The trip to both points, with short walks at each and several stops at pullouts along the way, can easily take half a day.
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Kaibab National Forest (Surrounding)
Located in northern Arizona, lies the Kaibab National Forest. The Grand Canyon divides the North Kaibab and Tusayan Ranger Districts of the Kaibab National Forest. Elevations range from as low as 5,500 feet (southwest) to a height of 10,418 feet (east).
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (1.5 hours)
This 280,000-acre Monument is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. Elevations range from 3,100 to 7,100 feet.
Pipe Spring National Monument (1.75 hours)
Pipe Spring National Monument preserves the history of human settlement on the Arizona Strip; for centuries the Ancestral Puebloans, Kaibab Paiute Indians, and Mormon settlers have depended on the water found at Pipe Spring.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park (2.25 hours)
Changed by winds, these mountains and hills of sand can move as much as 50 feet per year. With areas for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts and those with non-motorized pursuits, the dunes offer adventures for all.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (2.5 hours)
Encompassing over 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry, AZ to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah.