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Grand Canyon National Park (Grand Canyon Village, AZ)

Maya
  • On November 13, 2013

Why visit the Grand Canyon? For activity junkies like us there’s the lure to hike, bike, mule ride, raft, whitewater, helicopter or experience land tours (bus, jeep or van). And, hello… how about just for its amazing landscape! Unfortunately, we had planned little time in the area and didn’t even know if the trip up would be doable. We’ve never been in Arizona for the winter and were worried about freezing weather… getting around in the RV. We called RV Parks closer to the Grand Canyon to ask what they expect the average temperatures would be around the time we would be in Arizona. It wasn’t looking good for RV Parks near the Grand Canyon. Instead, we opted to park our motorhome at Quail Ridge RV Park in Mayer, AZ. Then, trek up for a 1-day trip to the Grand Canyon via The Train. It worked out perfectly! We saved the RV engine + brakes from all the climbing / descending the mountain terrain via Hwy 17N.

Address

Grand Canyon – South Rim
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

Weather

Forecast: Sunny – High 61°

Distance Traveled

Each way – 65 miles / 2 hours and 15 minutes via The Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Grand Canyon Village Day Trip via The Train

WARNING: There are no easy trails down the Grand Canyon! –U.S. National Park Service

The Bright Angel Trail down below…for those day hikers.

PIC: Grand Canyon Village Day Trip - Trail

There’s the mules and a rest house…

PIC: Grand Canyon Village - Resthouse and Mules

PIC: Grand Canyon Village - Resthouse and Mules

The Pygmy Forest

Scrub Jay Bird

PIC: Birding - Scrub Jay Bird at the Grand Canyon

Spotted Mule Deer enjoying the shade as our South Rim shuttle bus passed by.

PIC: Mule Deers at the Grand Canyon

The Best Backdrops for a Picnic

With only 3 hours and change at the Grand Canyon before we jump on The Train back to Williams, AZ, we opted not to waste any time dining at a restaurant. Instead we grab a few snacks at their Luncheonette and drinks then hop on the shuttle bus to find our picnic spot.

PIC: Grand Canyon Village - Luncheonette / Soda Fountain

PIC: Grand Canyon Village - South Rim Shuttle Bus

PIC: Grand Canyon - South Rim for a Picnic Lunch

Easy Hike Around the South Rim and Portion of Bright Angel Trail

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in visit the Grand Canyon

QUESTION: When was the last time you’ve visited the Grand Canyon? If you haven’t seen it for yourself… what are you waiting for???

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