Valley of Fire State Park:
If you take the northern route you will go north on Route 15 to the Valley of Fire State Park near the shores of Lake Mead, a place well named for its rocks that glow red and a sun that can burn like fire. Snappy dry Mojave Desert air keeps it interesting but still Nevada’s oldest park has few visitors
Most travelers speed through on their way to Utah's Zion and Bryce canyons to the north.
Grand Canyon, South Rim sunset
To keep congestion down, Park Service shuttles take visitors to view the most scenic sections of Zion’s twisted stone and sculpted spires. Zion’s 1920s era Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel leads up and out to the road for Brice or to the Grand Canyon. Freedonia marks Route 89 heading north.
You'll find all the elbow room you could ever want after you pass through a few little towns and take a die-straight road towards the North Rim of the Grand canyon as it cuts through the desert sage and creosote bush of the Kaibab plateau. Forty miles of blacktop skirts the Vermilion Cliffs on the left, a plain to the canyon on the right, and open road to the North Rim.
North Rim, Grand Canyon:
The North rim of the Grand Canyon offers more elbow room than the South Rim with fewer crowds. Lodging can be found at the Grand Canyon Lodge for $112-179 USD depending on proximity to the rim. Good food is offered at the lodge dining room.
Tent and RV camping is available at the North Rim Campgrounds near the rim and at De Motte Campgrounds 16 miles north, and at Jacob Lake Campgrounds, 45 miles north.
Primitive rim camping is offered at Tuweep or Toroweep were 16 sites offer first come first served (no reservations) camping.
You leave the Grand Canyon and continue east beside the Vermilion Cliffs and enter Marble Canyon. Here it is worth a stop to see Lees Ferry and watch a trip outfitter provision their huge inflatable rafts for a 200 mile trip on the Colorado River.
Antelope Slot Canyon
Another stop on a tour around the Colorado's canyons should be slot canyons of Page. Take Antelope Pass at 6,533 feet elevation for the great views of the valley of the Colorado River and then enjoy a long downhill glide to Page where you might be thinking mirage when you see the enigmatic towers of the Navajo Power Plant on Route 98. They loom over Antelope Canyon.
The slot canyons are dry most of the year but when Antelope Creek conveys huge amounts of flood water through the rocks during storms, the waters carve unusual rock formations on the below-ground canyon.
South Rim Views
North Rim View
Zion SP Utah
Antelope Slot Canyon
Grand Canyon, South Rim
From Page head back south along the Echo Cliffs to the Little Colorado River and then turn at Cameron to the plateau on Route 64 to the 7,400-foot high south rim of the Grand Canyon.
So many viewpoints, so little time; Mather point first thing in the morning has great sunrise views. The west Rim Trail runs for eight miles along the canyon’s edge and leads to great viewpoints, much of it paved and wheel chair accessible.
South again on 89 takes you through the ancient stone pueblos of The Wupatki National Monument, the 11th century homes of the Anasazi and Sinagua cultures. The road passes through the black volcano fields of Sunset Crater where eruptions in the 11th Century threw tons of volcanic stone that blanketed the area driving out the ancient farmers who left their stone buildings.
The Grand Canyon of Arizona is near enough to Las Vegas for that city to offer a welcome base for traveling in the wilderness of the high deserts.
After a week or two of sunsets at the Grand Canyon or the solitude of the forests of Ponderosa Pine on the Kaibab Plateau, a return to exciting Las vegas might be in order.
This loop tour around the Colorado River will offer both the red rock canyons and the spires of glitzy Las Vegas
The frontier town of Williams at 6,700 feet along the old Route 66 provides some nostalgia which includes lunch in a 1950s diner. The Grand Canyon Railway runs steam and Diesel trains twice daily out of Williams to the Grand Canyon.
The road to Las Vegas runs right over the top of 762-foot high Hoover Dam. To the right, Lake Mead and two years worth of Colorado River water bordered by 550 miles of shoreline, below, a concrete base 660 feet thick that took 4.5 million Cubic Yards of concrete to build, and to the left, Colorado River water headed for the agricultural fields of Arizona and California.
|Steam train Rides
in Williams Arizona
Stone ruins near the volcano of Sunset Crater
Bridge over the top of the Hoover Dam
Auto Rental Las Vegas for the Grand Canyon Circle Driving Tour
Grand Canyon Sunset, North Rim
Canyon Photo Tips: Brice, Zion, and the Grand Canyon offer great photo opportunities at low light but they present unusual challenges as well.
Grand Canyon Arizona can include a flight into Las Vegas NV( LAS) or Phoenix AZ (PHX) These airports ive you good rental cars and access to the canyons of the Colorado River
Air Travel to Las Vegas can be a good start of A Grand Canyon Trip.
Las Vegas Mc Carran Airport (LAS) gives you many choices for rental cars and ground transportation. Las Vegas with its many hotels is a good base for tours of both the North Rim and South Rim of the Grand Canyon, for Zion and Brice Canyons, and for the slot Canyons of Page, Arizona .
Maps show roads leading north and south out of Las Vegas to places with tons of elbow room. A loop around the Colorado River will put you within nearly a dozen spectacular red rock canyons including both the north and south rim of the Grand Canyon.
Auto Rental from Las Vegas for the Grand Canyon Circle Driving Tour can follow roads leading north or south out of Las Vegas for a driving loop around the Colorado River to Zion NP and the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon