We woke up bright and early on this day and hit the ground running. Our goal was to tour the Southern Rim starting at Mather Point and head all the way to Bright Angel Lodge. You can see on this map, the location of Yavapai Lodge where we were staying, and the Visitor Center/Mather Point where we were starting.
Here are some photos of the area around the Visitor Center:
They had tons of bikes to rent here!
The Visitor Center:
I can honestly say, I have seen pictures of the Grand Canyon, and had an image in my head, but nothing really prepares you for the real thing! That first look once getting to the edge is AMAZING!
If you look closely in this one, you can see a condor sitting on the rock!
I walked around to the next lookout so I could get closer.
I took so many photos, and just choosing a small sampling to share here.
There were so many amazing spots to look out over the canyon.
I did have my good camera with me, so was able to zoom in to some things further down into the base of the canyon.
It was starting to get really hot. We made it to Verkamp’s Visitor Center and ate our packed lunch. It was at this point that some decided to continue on to the Bright Angel Trail to go down into the canyon some. The girls and I did not. We hopped on the shuttle bus to head back to the market to shop, and then to rest in the room until dinner time.
While on the shuttle bus, we did see some deer and elk.
After a nice rest in the room, we got ready for dinner. We were heading into the closest town of Tusayan, which was about 7 miles away. We Cook Pizza and Pasta was where we ended up. It was pretty crowded, but it didn’t take long to get our food.
It was all really good and we were happy with our choice! After dinner, we went back to Mather Point to watch the sunset.
Next up was a Star Party! We just happened to be here during the time period for this special event.
I was super excited for this. When we were in Hawaii, the telescopes were my favorite part! After the special guest speaker, we were able to look through 50 different telescopes to see different stars, galaxies, satellites, etc. IT WAS AMAZING! As it got later into the night, you could clearly see the Milky Way.
This photo was taken with my phone and the best I could get of the stars!
Next up is our tour of Antelope Canyon! And definitely a highlight of our whole entire trip.