The secret Grand Canyon: 10 hidden gems to escape the crowds

The canyon, which turns 100 this year, find 6 million annual visitors and sometimes it can feel like youre stuck behind all of them

The Grand Canyon is now a pretty famous hole in the ground in Arizona. Now, with Grand Canyon national park celebrating its centennial in 2019, it’s receiving an additional jolt of advertising. Six million people visit each year, and if you happen to be there on official holidays weekend, it feels like you’re stuck behind all of them.

Yet here’s the thing- Grand Canyon is big, an immense tear in the earth’s textile 277 miles long, up to 18 miles broad and a mile deep. So it’s not hard to find privacy if you know where to look. Here are some tips to get you started.

The The view from Shoshone Point. Photo: Roger Naylor

Shoshone Point: the South Rim’s best-kept secret

How to get there: Shoshone Point is inside the national park and begins from a small parking lot on the north side of Desert View Drive, 1.2 miles east of Yaki Point

Only a few canyon visitors know the unmarked road to Shoshone Point. Unless a “Closed” sign is posted( weddings are sometimes held here ), walk down the one-mile grime road through open forest where deer and elk graze. When the lumber violates apart, expansive canyon vistums spread before you. A narrow ridge thrustings out from the plateau, providing opinions in excess of 180 degrees. Enjoy this private perch far from crowds.

Desert Desert View Watchtower. Photo: Roger Naylor

Desert View campground: an intimate outpost with sundowns and starry skies

How to get there: Desert View campground is located inside the park, 25 miles from the commotion of Grand Canyon Village.

Desert View sets the Grand Canyon on a personal level. Perched only yards from the yawning South Rim amid a clutch of pines, Desert View offers only 50 campsites, with no RV hook-ups. The little outpost sits 25 miles from the commotion of Grand Canyon Village but isn’t totally isolated. The campground is an easy walking from the historic Watchtower, a trading post, and snack bar- so you have some creature comforts while scandalous sunsets and star-laden skies seem to exist only for you. Desert View is open 13 April through 13 October on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grand Canyon Field Institute: find hundreds of classes and guided hikes

How to get there: Classes can be booked online or by phone and take place throughout the park.

See the canyon in brand new ways when you sign up for a Grand Canyon Field Institute outing. The Institute is part of Grand Canyon Conservancy, the non-profit partner of the national park. They conduct more than 360 class and guided hikes each year led by expert teachers, and range from easy day hikes to photography workshops to yoga retreats to multi-day knapsacks to Colorado River rafting trip-ups.

The The Grand Canyon’s Rim trail. Photo: Roger Naylor

Rim trail: miles of solitude with epic panoramas

How to get there: The Rim Trail stretchings along the edge of the South Rim from Hermits Rest to South Kaibab trailhead.

This gem hides in plain sight. The 13 -mile long track is largely paved. Away from the hubbub of Grand Canyon Village, hikers enjoy soothing solitude. Find a shady spot and pick your own personal overlook to savor the epic panorama. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch.

Grandview trail: an advanced hike that plunges below the rim

How to get there: Grandview is inside the park; the road begins at Grandview Point along Desert View Drive

Experienced hikers who want to dip below the rim without encountering a stream of mules and people: try Grandview Trail. Built in 1892 by the miner Pete Berry, this engineering marvel features upper sections still braced by logs and steel rods. The road plunges three miles in a series of cruelly steep switchbacks to the top of Horseshoe Mesa, where remnants of Berry’s Last Chance Mine can still be found.

The The opinion from Roosevelt Point. Photo: Roger Naylor

Roosevelt Point: stunning the opinion of the lesser-known North Rim

How to get there: Roosevelt Point is inside the park at the North Rim, located on Cape Royal Road, about halfway between Bright Angel Point and Cape Royal.

The whole North Rim is a conceal gem. Merely 10% of Grand Canyon guests build the long spectacular drive to reach this side of the Big Ditch.( The North Rim is merely open 15 May though 15 October .) Those who do are rewarded with lush forests and green meadows. Cape Royal Road makes a gale scenic drive along the canyon edge. At Roosevelt Point standpoint, folks enjoy vistums from the parking area but for the more adventurous, a slender track skirts the rim, then drops to a saddle before scrambling up to a bumpy ridge. It’s a narrow neck of land, a quiet place where the canyon sprawls beneath your feet.

The The East Cabin at Pipe Spring national monument. Photo: Wayne Hsieh/ Flickr

Pipe Spring national monument: discover life in the old west

How to get there: Pipe Spring national monument is outside the park, 15 miles west of Fredonia, Arizona, on State Highway 389.

An intriguing side journey when you visit the North Rim, Pipe Springnationalmonument is a 40 -acre speck near the Utah border. The natural spring held sacred by Native Americans was discovered in 1870 by Mormon pioneers, who constructed a fort to protect the water source, and it became an important stop for weary travelers. Pipe Spring subsequently served as a refuge for spouses concealing from federal marshals enforcing anti-polygamy laws. Today the monument offers a vivid look at Native American and pioneer life in the old west.

Lees Lees Ferry on the Colorado river. Photograph: Roger Naylor

Lees Ferry: a picturesque fort by the Colorado river

How to get there: Lees Ferry is 43 miles west of Page, Arizona, on US Highway 89 A.

Although located outside the national park, Lees Ferry marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon. Mormon leaders established a ferry here because it was one of the few places where wagons could be driven to the Colorado river. Today, it is the put-in spot for Grand Canyon rafting trip-ups. Visitors can hike a handful of scenic roads, explore the picturesque ruins of an old fort and stray back to the oasis of Lonely Dell Ranch, the original Mormon homestead, where the orchards are heavy with fruit. Anglers come for the remarkable fly-fishing.

Little Colorado River Navajo tribal park: vistums en route to the canyon

How to get there: Little Colorado River Navajo tribal park is 12 miles west of Cameron on State Highway 64, just before reaching the east entrance of Grand Canyon national park.

Most Grand Canyon guests arrive via the south entryway near the town of Tusayan. Those who drive to the eastern entryway at Desert View will enjoy fewer crowd and a stunning scenic drive dotted with canyon overlooks. Even before guests reach the national park, there’s another worthwhile stop along the way. The small tribal park west of Cameron peers into the deep narrow gorge of the Little Colorado river as it intersects the Navajo Nation. Tribal members display arts and crafts here in roadside stands.

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