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Grand Canyon Itinerary

The Grand Canyon is the most visited national park in the U.S. yet only a small percentage of tourists visit the North Rim. This section of Grand Canyon National Park has some of the most spectacular views in the world, so don’t forget your camera. There are three main scenic viewpoints that you won’t want to miss: Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial, and Cape Royal. Bright Angel Point is at the southern end of the entrance road and has a paved, half-mile round-trip trail with dramatic canyon views. Plan about half a day to take in Point Imperial and Cape Royal, including driving, scenic pullouts, and short hikes. At 8,803 feet, Point Imperial is the highest point on the Grand Canyon North Rim and offers expanding vistas of the east end of the canyon. At Cape Royal you will see an incredible panoramic view of the entire canyon, and it’s the ideal location to view the sun rise and set.

Those up for a rugged, two-hour drive may want to check out Point Sublime at the west end of the Grand Canyon North Rim. This remote viewpoint requires a well-maintained four-wheel drive vehicle and a full tank of gas; check road conditions prior to heading out. The remote Toroweap Overlook, 3,000 feet above the Colorado River, should only be attempted by experienced hikers. Mule trips are a unique way to experience the North Rim in spring and summer.

Grand Canyon North Rim visitor services are open from mid-May to mid-October only and Highway 67, the road to the North Rim, is often closed in winter. Lodging is sparse, but the North Rim is located just 80 miles from historic Kanab, making it an excellent base camp. On your return to Kanab you will see spectacular views of the Grand Staircase and can take a short detour to Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Kanab Airport also offers scenic flights over the North Rim.