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Many of the Grand Canyon's most spectacular panoramas can be viewed along this scenic drive, including Point Imperial and Cape Royal itself (elevation 7,865 feet,) the southernmost viewpoint on the North Rim.
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A beautiful 45 minute drive from the N Rim Visitors Center on a paved road. The paths from the Cape Royal parking area are paved making the fantastic views easy to get to.
You can see Angels Window framing the Colorado River from the pathway....More
We drove and parked and walked to the various sites. It honestly was easy to drive and beautiful! Still a part of the Grand Canyon that you can take your own car. It is definitely windy in the early morning on the sites, so take...More
Crazy gorgeous views and easy hikes with little to no people! We met people at the entrance of the North Rim and they suggested we stop here first on our drive to the Lodge. The road is very winding and slow going but so scenic....More
We drove here one afternoon. The entrance to Cape Royal is a couple of miles from the lodge and as you leave the lodge behind you the access road to Cape Royal is on the right. As you travel down this road about 5 miles...More
Folks need to be aware that the NPS has closed the entire scenic drive out to Cape Royal from the split to Point Imperial. They have not publicized this on their website, nor is it even mentioned at the entrance station or visitor center. We...More
You can still drive to Point Imperial, which was a nice drive with a good viewpoint. We just visited there on June 5 & 6 and Cape Royal was still closed. It just had a truck sitting across the road with temporary road closed... More
You can still drive to Point Imperial, which was a nice drive with a good viewpoint. We just visited there on June 5 & 6 and Cape Royal was still closed. It just had a truck sitting across the road with temporary road closed signs so it seems a little like the previous poster was a bit over-dramatic about the road being closed. There was also snow on the ground so I don’t imagine the road can be ready for traffic instantly. You can still enjoy the rest of the North Rim. That being said, our experience was that it was too crowded and busy. We much preferred the South Rim instead and you can visit many overlooks there.
Depends on what side you are camping on. North Rim, Demotte, and Jacob Lake are the options for the north rim. You’ll want to get on recreation.gov right away to book a site. Mather and Ten-x are on the south side with... More
Depends on what side you are camping on. North Rim, Demotte, and Jacob Lake are the options for the north rim. You’ll want to get on recreation.gov right away to book a site. Mather and Ten-x are on the south side with reservations and Desert View is first come, first served. I’d do two days on the north, a day to drive to the south and three days on the south rim. Have fun!
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Hi Cindy, I'm happy to try to help you. The answer to your question depends... when are you planning to go, and which part of the canyon do you want to visit? The area around Grand Canyon can get winter weather, and the... More
Hi Cindy, I'm happy to try to help you. The answer to your question depends... when are you planning to go, and which part of the canyon do you want to visit? The area around Grand Canyon can get winter weather, and the north rim access is closed during the colder months. The south rim of Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon Village is the closest to Sedona, about 110-115 miles north on mostly two-lane road. Expect it to take 2.5 hours to drive each way, not including stops or traffic delays during peak times. If you just want to take a scenic drive up there to south rim and see some overlooks, maybe eat lunch and then drive back, then you can do it in a day if you're comfortable with that much driving. But you should know that there are viewpoints spread out along a 20 mile section of AZ64, so if you want to see more of it or hike some trails then you'll need more time. The park service website for Grand Canyon has maps and good information to make the most of your visit. If you have room in your itinerary you might consider a loop from Sedona to Grand Canyon that also passes Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatiki National Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Going to the north rim of the Grand Canyon is quite a bit further from Sedona than the south rim - about 240 miles one-way on two-lane roads. I don't recommend trying to drive there and back in one day.