Being Utah residents, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch usually write about the attractions that are found in Southern Utah. But, of course, every state has its own collection of amazing locations. And since, in nature, there are no state lines, we’re adding a special section to our blog – “Nearly Nearby Attractions.” And first on our new list is the Grand Canyon.
Everyone in the United States (and in most places in the world) knows about the Grand Canyon. We at Lodge at Red River Ranch think everyone should visit this natural marvel. To that end, we’ve come up with some suggestions about what to see on your trip to Grand Canyon National Park.
Most people visit the south side of the Grand Canyon. (Probably because they fly to Phoenix or drive from California.) The south side has a lot of scenic overlooks and hiking trails to explore
South Kaibab Trail – provides the best views of any short hike. It is well maintained but steep in spots. Water is not available along the trail and there is little shade.
Bright Angel Trail – this is a popular trail for day hikers. It offers shade in some spots, and water is usually available at drinking fountains. Also well maintained.
The Rim Trail – a fairly easy hiking with few elevation changes. It does not enter the canyon, but provides some amazing views.
The north side of the Canyon is also worth visiting, but is much less popular. We at the Lodge recommend the north side for those who want a more “backcountry” feel to their Grand Canyon experience. Of course there are plenty of hikes to do there as well.
North Kaibab Trail – the overlooks are perfect “mile markers” for day hikes of various lengths. Supai Tunnel is 1.8 miles down and is definitely worth checking out. Roaring Springs is only a few more miles down the trail.
Widforss Point Overlook Trail – this scenic route is about 10 miles round trip. It’s well-maintained and has shade in some areas. It’s an excellent hike, but is best suited for more advanced hikers.
Of course, when you visit the Grand Canyon, on either the north or south side, be sure to stop by one of the many visitor centers. You can find a complete list of the Grand Canyon centers at the National Park Service site. We hope you enjoy your Grand Canyon vacation.