Heading to Grand Canyon we stopped at the Glen Canyon Dam Recreation area a conservation unit of the National Parks. This is a natural Canyon found mostly in Utah but extends to Arizona and covers the full length of the Colorado River.
Along the highway offered some of the most beautiful rock formations with colors indicating the changes over time.
We arrived in Grand Canyon Village, South Rim, for overnight stay and plans for breakfast at El Tovar restaurant and to catch the sunrise next morning. We were up early the next morning, it was still dark, some of us off to see the sunrise and others to go for the helicopter ride. One thing I have never considered is taking any helicopter regardless of where and how beautiful. With the assistance of our guide and his flashlight we made it to the trolley stop and The trolley dropped us off at the restaurant. We would walk a little way from the restaurant along the rim to view the sunrise but that morning was not what we had hoped to see. No one controls nature so we made the best of what we saw.
Oh well no marvelous sunrise for us today since it seemed a bit overcast so we had a healthy breakfast and milled around the foyer admiring the ambiance. We soon learned that the helicopter ride was cancelled because of bad weather. The breakfast group decided to take the bus ride to go pick up the helicopter group from the heliport. On our way there it started to rain and then suddenly it started to hail to the point that the ground was covered as if it had snowed.
This is my third visit to Grand Canyon and every time it is a different experience. I understand that I am viewing from different vantage points yet still amazing as there are such varied view.
An interesting structure is the Desert View Watchtower designed by Mary Colter. This tower sits at a point that gives you a wide view of the canyon.
The final Park is the Zion National Park. There is a hike trail that takes down to the river. There is also a trolley that takes you from the dining area to the area where the trail starts. We did not do any of the trails so can’t share but hiking is popular.
We are now heading back to Las Vegas on our way we get a quick look at The Hoover Dam.
We made a stop on Route 66
Well we covered Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California to visit The National Parks of the west and to experience some of the greatest ecological displays and returned to Las Vegas for an overnight stay. A highly recommended tour if you are not afraid of moving everyday.