How Grand it is

We had a nice stay at North Rim, Arizona, at the Grand Canyon. This visit is a first for both of us, and we’ll look forward to another.

near Bright Angel Point and Grand Lodge

We took a short hike from the campground to the Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge was another railroad-built North American destination lodge. The railroad companies in Canada and the States built many of these in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

This one burned down in 1932 and they rebuilt in 1937. The Grand lodge is a nicely sized stone building with ponderosa pine ceiling beams. And the Grand Lodge is surrounded by matching buildings for gift shop, food service, and guest cabins.

Grand Lodge, still decorated with last night's snow

We checked out the Grand Lodge, including its famed “surprise” glass-walled room overlooking the canyon. The gift store is nice with roomy aisles and a wide assortment of books, hats, jewlery, gifts and many other things.

We most liked the hike beyond the Lodge to Bright Angel Point. The 1/4 mile paved trail has steep drop-offs on both sides and terminates on a nice platform with grand view of Bright Angel Canyon and of Grand Canyon’s opposite, or south. rim.

Nice snow in North Rim Cmpgrd

We’re camped at the North Rim Campground beside the Grand Canyon. Our facilities are very modest, even if our RVs are not. Still the campground comfort stations have flush toilets, soap and very cold water lavatories, and electrical power at the lavatories. All the roads and campsites are paved and well-marked.

This is a very attractive campground, well laid out amongst the trees. Tenters and RVs are mixed throughout the campground. They fit well together because the campground is so roomy. But the campground has very few level sites and is a big challenge for larger RVs.

Our weather the past several days has included very comfortably temperatures and increasingly windy days. We arrived at North Rim to a high of 52 degrees and at 9pm we already were down to 35. Our low was around 24 degrees Farenheit, the coldest for the caravan. And yes, we had an inch of snow the next morning. This really pretty white coating stuck on everything except the roads.

Point Imperial marker

The roads and trails were clear, and the snow melted away rapidly after sun-up. We drove to Cape Royal for views of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, then to Point Imperial for the view from the highest point in the entire Grand Canyon Park.

Colorado River running far below us

The river is very distant but clearly visible way down there. This view helps provide perspective on how big this canyon is, ten miles across and 277 river miles long. (see info here)

We’re headed to Zion National Park next. As grand as this Grand Canyon is, warmer weather beckons and we’re ready for it. See you down the road!

Jim and Debbie
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