If you go first to Las Vegas for your tour around the Colorado River you Can travel northeast out of Las Vegas for a loop around the Colorado River that will put you within nearly a dozen spectacular red rock canyons including Zion, Brice and both the north and south rim of the Grand Canyon.
Valley of Fire State Park
North on Route 15, out of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire State Park near the shores of Lake Mead is the first park en route. Valley of Fire is a desiccated landscape of red rock and broiling sun. Snappy dry Mojave Desert air keeps it interesting but still Nevada’s oldest park has few visitors touring its bubbles of red rock set against a cobalt blue sky and its twisted arches of red sandstone that frame distant cliffs.
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 that makes a bee line for the north rim 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 makes for the open road to infinity ahead.
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, a wash that is dry most of the year but when Antelope Creek conveys huge amounts of flood water through the rocks during storms, they have carved out the most unusual rock formations in the hidden canyon.
South Rim Views
Grand Canyon North Rim will be next on the loop road around the Colorado River. Cabins and camping are available at the North rim along with mule rides and self guided hiking into the canyon. Paved roads lead to many rim views
Grand Canyon, North Rim View
Zion SP Utah
Travel Photographer Rain Rodolph photographing in Valley of Fire, SP Nevada
Las Vegas offers low mid-week room rates and proximity to the Grand 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.
viewpoints like Mather point first thing in the morning have 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 for a return to Phoenix 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.
From there you head through Sedona and on to Phoenix.
Grand Canyon Trips From Las Vegas
Grand Canyon,Sunset, south rim
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Flying into Phoenix for a Grand Canyon trip
Grand Canyon North Rim
Grand Canyon North Rim is less crowded than the South Rim.
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
is closer to Las Vegas and Phoenix and therefore receives more visitors.
Grand Canyon Trips From Las Vegas are made simple by abundant Airport car rentals and reasonable mid week hotel rates. You can tour the canyons of Utah and loop around the Colorado River on the way to the Grand Canyon North Rim..
Grand Canyon, North Rim Views
Grand Canyon Trips From Las Vegas allow you to reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon via a loop trip around the Colorado River. Mid week hotel rates in Las vegas make the city a good base for a Grand Canyon Trip. You can tour the canyons of Utah and loop around the Colorado River and visit the Grand Canyon North Rim and South Rim on your way back to Las Vegas.