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Short drives from GC South Rim

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Short drives from GC South Rim

We will be staying at one of the lodges inside the park next week for 2 nights. Any suggestions on sightseeing withing a short drive? We are planning on going to Dessert View, didn't know if there are other places near by we could drive to.

(I'm not able to do too much walking)

Thank you

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1. Re: Short drives from GC South Rim

Desert View is about 25 miles from the lodge area and the drive there will include several view point stop options. Go beyond Desert View and you'll exit the park.

In the opposite direction from the hotel zone you can ride the shuttle to Hermit Rest and back with similar stops and views. Minimal walking required.

If, in the unlikely possibility that you get your fill of the GC on those two routes in your short time there, the third direction you can drive is south, out of the park to the tourist housing town of Tusayan. The IMAX theatre there is worth visiting.

Keep in mind that one need not be walking all of the time to get the most out of the Grand Canyon. In fact, your time there will be enhanced if you'll just sit down and spend time with nothing moving but your eyes. That's when you'll realize how grand it is. Try as you may, you won't be able to see everything that is in front of you. Keep looking. You'll discover something else, every moment that you are watching.

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2. Re: Short drives from GC South Rim

You will realize the answer to your question when you see the canyon. You will receive a brochure on entry that tells you lots of things. In the meantime, look at the park website, and the maps.


Here is the current park newpaper:


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3. Re: Short drives from GC South Rim

Thanks for the great info. Looking forward to some slow walks taking in the beauty:)

4. Re: Short drives from GC South Rim

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