Toroweap Point
Toroweap Point
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Acrophobes may want to avoid this overlook, on the remote part of the North Rim, which provides awesome Canyon views from sheer cliffs nearly 3,000 feet high above the Colorado River.
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Grimes, IA311 contributions
When fires closed the access to the north rim of the Grand Canyon we were forced to get creative. This is a dirt/gravel road for 61 miles. The road gets worse the last 13 miles and ridiculous the last 3 miles. In the last 3 miles you will need a 4WD with some ground clearance. Many reviews recommend "high clearance" without saying what that mean. We drove a Toyota Highlander with a 8.1" ground clearance. We did fine with some creative driving across the boulders. Some of the reviews said that they did the drive in vehicles with as little as 5.1" of ground clearance which I wouldn't suggest. Lastly, check the weather before you go. Don't go if rain is in the forecast,

When you get the restroom at the end park there if you can find a space. Just kidding, you'll likely be the only ones there. We only encountered five cars on the 122 mile round trip. Anyhow leave your vehicle by the restroom stop. If you drive down to the picnic tables you will likely bottom out. Just look at the scrapes on the rocks.

This is a far different experience than the crowded South and North Rims. Of approximately 6 million annual visitors to the Grand Canyon, only about 20,000 go to Toroweap (aka Tuweap). There are no railing, only nature in it's splendor.
Written June 28, 2020
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Bill P
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Toroweap is a must-see location to get beautiful views of Grand Canyon and really get a sense of how impressive and immense it is. Our Dreamland Tours guide, Robert, was awesome! His knowledge of the geology and experience in the area was spot-on, and we appreciated his driving skill to get us to and from the rim. We enjoyed spectacular views, had a picnic overlooking the Colorado River watching kayaks and rafts travel through Lava Falls, and enjoyed soaking up the beauty and peacefulness. Great guide and great trip!
Written September 8, 2022
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kevan j
Norman, OK1,140 contributions
I've been to both North Rim and South Rim, and I can say the views of the Grand Canyon are very different here. If you can imagine, a lot more straight down stuff to the river. You also get to see the lower end of the Colorado. The road out is truly an adventure. We rented a high-clearance Jeep and endured the long drive on washboard roads and the couple of miles of rocks and boulders at the end. DO NOT DRIVE A REGULAR CAR OUT HERE! In the end, the views were spectacular and the solitude was amazing...we were the only ones there. After drinking in the views, we sat under a tree at a picnic table and had a great lunch. My rating is based on the overall experience, and I really like adventures. This is not for everyone. If you don't like long drives on washboard, or if you're afraid of heights, try something else.
Written May 31, 2020
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Diane F
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Went out to Toroweap with Shawn from Dreamland Safari Tours. He took us to cliff side view points so we could look down into the canyon and see rafters and kayaks going through Lava Falls. It's like being at the north side of the Grand Canyon all by yourself. Shawn told us a wealth of info about the geology and history of the canyon. We also had a nice visit with ranger, Chris.
Written October 11, 2021
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FKORANGE
Bad Honnef, Germany1 contribution
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What an epic location! My Dad and I used a Jeep Wrangler to get to the Grand Canyon over dirt roads and beginner rock climbing stages. The most fun drive to get to the most calm place on the entire trip. If you can spare a day do it! Breathtaking view. No cell service. A restroom with the most insane view. Well worth every second it took to get there. (2.5 hours)
Written March 13, 2022
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AzChupacabra
Happy Jack, AZ49 contributions
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We've visited the South Rim.

We've visited the North Rim.

Then there's Toroweap.

I never would have believed there are any places left in the United States where you can walk as close to a 3000 foot vertical precipice as your nerves will allow with no guard rails, no wheelchair friendly ramps, no lawsuit driven, mind numbing signs warning ignorant people not to do ignorant things....but let me assure you, there is at least one such place.

There are no private companies with contracts with the Government to offer you over-priced coffee, or trinkets, or baubles of any kind. You will drive 61 miles down dirt roads to get to Toroweap (Don't let other people scare you out of this though, the first 56 miles were well maintained dirt roads - the last 5 can be a bit bumpy and a little extra ground clearance is helpful - stock SUV's and even pickups should have no problem. I do want to say, though, that if the dirt roads are wet - all bets are off). Google earth makes it look as though the trail may be hard to follow. This is not the case. The trail is very well marked, and should present no problems at all. Just stick to the main road the entire way.

You will camp in primitive (but exceptionally clean) grounds approximately one mile from the precipice. People who come here tend to be hard core nature enthusiasts. They like it raw and unblemished. LEAVE NO FOOTPRINT! Stay on the trails, and give Mother Nature her due respect.

And the rewards she will grant you will leave a lifetime impression.

You will stand on the edge, noting the fault lines in the slabs of stone beneath your feet weighing thousands of tons that have been waiting millennia for their turn to calve off the face of the cliff and go crashing 3000 feet to the Colorado river below (will they still be waiting thousands of years in the future, or is your 150 pounds just enough to set the event in motion? Shut your eyes, pray to your God, step out, and hope for the best!)

Looking to the West, you will see mighty Vulcan's Throne, who, just 73,000 years ago (less than a blink in geological time) belched forth great rivers of lava that dared to dam and challenge the mighty Colorado! But the Colorado has been playing the build and destroy game with the Earth's titanic forces for nearly 2 billion years. She broke through Vulcan's puny lava dam, and now the only remanant of Vulcan's bid for dominance are some of the greatest rapids in the entire canyon.

Yes, all of this will be yours. Its hard not to wax poetic - to be stupefied by the raw beauty of Mother Nature's very heart.
Written August 23, 2011
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waterwitchllc
Seattle, WA19 contributions
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We just got back from a day trip to the overlook and it is truly a spectacular view. Scary to be so close to the edge but worth belly crawling to the edge if you need to in order to see the canyon from this perspective. I laughed when I read the review chastising those that are concerned about the drive. The last 3 miles are really rough....deep ruts and major rock hopping....I tried but decided that safety (getting home) was a higher priority than machismo, so we parked at the high-clearance warning parking area and hiked the last 3 miles. Really glad we did...you can see scrape marks in the rocks where others have bottomed out, and walking allowed us to enjoy the scenery rather than focusing on the road. Don't miss this...it is well worth the trip.
Written February 6, 2015
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kramnamhoh
olympia, wa1 contribution
Friends
Awesome place...well worth the trip!!
By reading the reviews you would think you needed a Humvee and 10 spare tires to drive this gravel road. C'mon people, it's not the road of bones across Siberia or Ruta 40 in Patagonia!! It's just a gravel road with a few rocks here or there....geez...
Written April 14, 2014
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QuiQui12
irvine ca27 contributions
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We planned 2 years for this spot! Finally, we got our lovely Subaru Outback and headed for Toroweap. You got to have a 4WD & High clearance vehicle to get here. The dirt road took us 2 hours to get to the camp ground. Much faster than we expected. The first 40 miles is easy if you have the right car. The most difficult parts are at the last 20 miles. 1st is the uphill path after passing the ranger station. The 2nd one and I rated it as the most difficult one is at the entrance of the camp ground. Our Subaru "walked" down the stones step by step. And the last one is at the end of the road at the toroweap view point. Besides the spectacular view at Toroweap view point, I was reveled by the starry sky when we got up at 4:00 am for sunrise photography. We highly recommend to spend a night here to enjoy all of these wonderful time!
Written December 5, 2012
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FoodyMama
Tucson158 contributions
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Going to Toroweap in a Toyota Highlander is not recommended! We made it, but I was traumatized the entire last part of the trip. You drive over boulders. There's no other way to put it. My husband had been before and he kept saying "no problem," but trust me, you want 4-wheeled drive and high clearance. The road into the point is deceptively pleasant at first...but at the end come the rocks. If you make it to the campground, there are a handful of sites. There is a restroom, but not much else. This is pretty primitive. When we went, there were four other people there. You hike out to the viewpoint, which is more rocks, and this is not the place for kids. There are few signs, no rails, and the drop-off is STEEP. And there are rattlesnakes. With all of that being said, it is a once-in-a-lifetime view, and I'm glad I could check it off my list. I feel I need a badge for going! My husband says he wants to return, but I'm not going without a sturdier vehicle. (They tell you to take water, a tire pump, a spare, and fill up with gas before you come--this is out in the middle of nowhere with no services, folks, and the ranger is not at the campsite, he's several miles back.) But really, the views are incredible.
Written July 21, 2015
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