Grand Canyon – Arizona

Date of Visit: April 2012, April 2017 planned

How we got there: Drove from Joshua Tree National Park, 5.5 hours.

Lodging: Maswick Lodge and Yavapai Lodge


  • Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point – Very strenuous 6-mile day hike to a point overlooking the Colorado River. It’s as far as they recommend going down in a day.
  • Dinner at El Tovar Lodge – Historic lodge located right on the canyon rim. Dining room is one of the former famous Harvey Houses.
  • Desert View Watchtower – 70 foot tall stone observation tower overlooking the eastern portion of the canyon. Designed by Harvey House architect Mary Colter to appear in a partially ruined state.

Tips: Visit in spring, fall or winter when temperatures are reasonable enough to hike during the day. Bring a variety of clothing for varying temperatures that time of year, we started a hike at 25 degrees and finished it at 75.

Next time: Hermit’s Rest Trail (Planned in 2017), Rim to Rim hike with overnight stay at Phantom Ranch (future).