Books, posters, movies, internet, even your Windows wallpaper – you saw it already everywhere. Grand Canyon. The great nature wonder. But how is it to actually see it in reality?
USA Road trip – part 2
Check Part 1 – Petrified forest, Painted Desert, Route 66 and Flagstaff – HERE
- Grand Canyon NP, Arizona
- Lake Powell, Utah
- Page, Arizona
I remember that feeling. When I was just about to see pyramids, reach Himalayas, enter Taj Mahal. Prepared for something special. And then… BOOM!
First, you see people. And cars. More cars, more people. Actually, at the beginning you think there are even more cars than people. How is it even possible to find a parking space here?
Then you go out of the car and walk to get to the edge of the Canyon – you can’t see anything from the distance, nothing from your car. You walk, you can see people coming back, but you still can’t see anything, only trees. And then, there it appears. Taking your breath away.
This “surprise” aspect is the only good thing about Grand Canyon Visitor Center South. There are some exhibitions inside, but also full of people. If you don’t like crowds much (I don’t, I really don’t!), try to avoid this place. Head straight to one of many view points on the way. Let yourself be amazed, without the need of peaking over people’s heads. There are many good spots, with much nicer views, where you can be alone looking over majesty of the Grand Canyon.
It’s worth to mention, that Grand Canyon is 446 km long, up to 29 km wide and 1.6 km deep. It is really HUGE! When you are there, it feels unbelievable, almost unreal, and none pictures nor videos can express that feeling.
Canyon tells a story about Earth – about its geology, collisions and driftings, mountains formations and erosion, falling and rising sea levels and carving forces of water. The story reaches to nearly 2 billion years old rocks in the bottom of the canyon. Exposure and climate changes in the canyon also support different range of plans and animals. Also people history was involved there – from an early Paleo-Indian to recent past. Grand Canyon connects everything – nature, geology and people.
Where to look?
The best view point, that we found, was towards the end (when you approach from the direction of Flagstaff and go towards east) – Lipan Point. When we arrived there, afternoon, gentle sun was touching the colorful layers of geological history. It is the very east point, so you can see far to the west, through the whole lenght of the canyon, together with the green waters of Colorado River, which carved all that beauty.
Wonders, wonders everywhere…
We left this great nature wonder and headed to the north east, to get to the Powell Lake and Page, where we were supposed to visit Antelope Canyon next day (which fortunately didn’t happen!).
On the way, we saw some smaller canyons, or possibly further parts of the Grand Canyon. We almost missed them, as there were no big signs, just small car park by the road. “If it was even that small part of the canyon in Poland, it would be the major tourist attraction in the country! And here, it’s just one from a thousand – so unfair!” we laughed 😉
Page and Powell Lake.
In the evening, we reached the city of Page and Powell Lake. We were thinking about camping by the lake, further away from the city, but finally we decided to stay on a camp site for that night (with hot shower!), because place by the lake was really windy and cold, even though with great views. However, we needed to wake up early in the morning to get to another amazing place.
Tired after very long day, we fell asleep shortly to wake up again for the new day sunrise and adventures, that were waiting for us!
Next parts of the trip coming soon!
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