What To Do In Grand Canyon National Park North Rim?
Ninety percent of visitors that come to the Grand Canyon stop at the South Rim, take their souvenir photos and then go home. The Grand Canyon National Park North Rim sees fewer visitors due to the harsh terrain people must encounter to get to it.
Nonetheless, visitors don’t realize what a marvel they are missing out of by not including the North Rim in their agenda. The North Rim is less commercial and more natural and true to what an experience to the Grand Canyon National Park should be.
Those in search of adventure should explore the hiking trail that leads to Thunder River. This is a three day hike and camping gear is a must. The descent from the rim and trailhead is strenuous and requires a great deal of skill, so ensure that you are fit enough to meet the challenge. Hikers will need to start at the Bill Hall Trailhead and make their way up and down steep inclines and descents following the trail to the stunning Esplanade. During the hike make sure you give way to the beauty surrounding you, such as the spectacular views of Deer Creek Canyon. Once you reach Thunder River, taking in the mind blowing views of nearly 100 gallons of water shooting out of sheer rock downward towards the Colorado River. Grand Canyon National Park hiking can be simply amazing.
Another great viewing spot of the North Rim is the Cape Royal Drive, twenty-three miles one way. This winding and weaving path leads you to the most jaw dropping views of the Grand Canyon. During the day, the sunlight gives you full perspective of the magnitude of depth and the different color changes and ranges of rock formations throughout the Canyon. Cape Royal leads to the southernmost point of the North Rim where from the overlook; you’ll be able to spot Wonton’s Throne, Vishnu Temple and Freya Castle. All which tower nearly 7,200 feet, but are also all below you inside the Grand Canyon. Looking even farther across to the Grand Canyon South Rim, you should be able to make out the Desert View Watchtower.
No trip to the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim would be complete with taking part in the long standing tradition of mule riding. The sure-footed mules have taken passengers of all riding levels down into the Canyons since the early 1920’s. Hour-long rides and ½ day trips are available can be arranged through the tour desk at your Grand Canyon National Park lodging office. The tour guides and mule wranglers will give you a full history of the Canyon as well as point out any interesting viewpoints along the way.
Grand Canyon National Park camping trips are also a popular activity to plan when visiting Arizona. Permits are mandatory and visitors should contact the National Park Visitors Center before setting off into the Canyon. Visitors coming into the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim can camp at Point Sublime, which is a 2 hour drive from the Grand Canyon Lodge, but offers breath taking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Additionally, the road is only made for high clearance vehicles (pick-ups and 4 wheels drive) so ensure that you are well prepared for wilderness road travel.
Any trip to the Grand Canyon will be exhilarating, but remember the South Rim, while more popular isn’t the only view point to see. The Grand Canyon National Park North Rim has more depth to it than meet the eye.