This is a place that everyone must visit at least once. It is not called “Grand” without reason. Pictures do not do justice to seeing it in person.
Jan and I visited while on our move to Texas in early 2016. Pardon our lack of more pictures as Jan was not feeling well and it was very cold. It is high desert country and the temperature was around freezing.
As you can see by my attire, it was COLD. But if you get past the cold, the view is well worth it even if you don’t feel well (as Jan was).
This is the view on the long road to the canyon. It takes approximately an hour from I-40 to get to the visitor’s center.
Along the way you get to see the infamous Flintstones Campground. Not sure what the status is now as I read that it was for sale.
Once there you start to get a feel for the depth and beauty of this amazing place.
We walked out to Mather Point for the grand view. This is within walking distance of the Visitors Center.
And then you get this view. Again the picture cannot do it enough justice to the real view.
As you drive around the rim you sometimes will get a view of the wildlife in the area. We found these elk grazing right off the road. It’s almost as if they were planted here for a photo opportunity.
This is one place that you MUST put on your list to visit. It is nothing less than amazing to see in person and experience the grandeur of what nature is capable of.
Note that the park will likely be crowded no matter what time of year it is. It was gorgeous to see the snow decorate the natural landscape but summer would have felt better. No matter what time of year you go, just go. You won’t regret the view. I know that we will be going back as soon as we can.
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