Valley of Fire State Park:
From Las Vegas you take the northern route 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 in Utah's Zion Canon, 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 Canyon in Utah.
Those heading for the Grand Canyon. will take Freedonia and 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 of the Grand Canyon.
North Rim, Grand Canyon Lodging:
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.
Grand Canyon North Rim Tent and RV Camping:
Camping is available at the North Rim Campgrounds near the rim and at De Motte Campgrounds 16 miles north. The Jacob Lake Campgrounds is located 45 miles north of the South Rim.
Primitive North Rim Camping:
Primitive Camping is offered at Tuweep (Alternate spelling 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.
Camping, Inns and hotels are available in Page, Arizona
South Rim Views
Grand Canyon North Rim Views
North Rim View
Zion State Park Utah
Rain Rodolph photographing in Valley of Fire, SP Nevada
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.
Handicap, Baby Carriage Access:
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.
Great Campgrounds, RV and Tent Sites
Combine a trip to Las Vegas Nevada with a tour around the Grand Canyon of Arizona.
You can include the Canyons of Brice and Zion in Utah, they are near enough to Las Vegas for a circle tour around the Colorado River.
Fly into Las Vegas and spend a few days. Book a rental vehicle out of Las Vegas and travel in the canyons of Utah and the Grand Canyon of Arizona. Return to Las Vegas for a few days at the end of your Vacation.
A two-week tour around the Colorado River will offer both the red rock canyons of Zion, Brice, Marble, and Grand as well as the Slot Canyons of Page and the spires of Las Vegas.
You can car camp, rent an RV, or book hotels and inns along the way.
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.
Soon you can be back in Las Vegas enjoying the sumptuous buffets at the Mirage (Recommended)
|Steam train Rides in
Williams Arizona on Route 66
Stone ruins near the volcano of Sunset Crater
Bridge over the top of the Hoover Dam
Las Vegas Vacation and Grand Canyon Tour
Sunset at the Grand Canyon,
Grand Canyon of Arizona, Colorado River
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Flights into Las Vegas NV( LAS) or Phoenix AZ (PHX) give you good rental cars and access to the canyons of the Colorado River
Back in Las Vegas:
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.
Zion National Park:
The road out of Valley of Fire will take you next to Utah's Zion and Bryce Canyons to the north.
From there you head towards the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
On a Las Vegas Vacation and Grand Canyon Tour you can visit Las Vegas Nevada and tour the Grand Canyon north and soth rims.
Include the Canyons of Brice and Zion in Utah, they are near enough to Las Vegas for a circle tour around the Colorado River.