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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in nearby Williams so that we would have a whole day to spend at the canyon. But we could easily have spent longer. We hiked the rim trail from the Village Route bus transfer point to Hermit’s Rest, about 12.5 km. It took us about 4 hours, allowing for photo-stops. A word of advice: there are no guard rails on most of the trail, and it really is right along the rim. I wouldn’t be taking young children on this. The middle section, from Powell Point to Monument Creek, is unpaved and uneven. The other sections are easier, and the last section, near Hermit’s Rest, would be the easiest and safest, as it is wider and further from the edge.
Second word of advice: the weather changes rapidly. At about 7,000 ft elevation, it was cool along the rim in the morning when we started, but by midday it was hot, and just before we reached Hermit’s Rest a sudden storm blew in over the canyon. Seeing it coming was amazing; being caught in a downpour was not. Be prepared: wear sturdy shoes and take a sunhat, water bottle, and rain poncho even if you are not a hiker. Also note there is no drinking water and only one portable toilet along the trail.
If you don’t want to walk the whole trail, a free bus stops at several places along it, but we thought it was worth it to do the walk. One day wasn’t enough to properly experience the rest of the park but we were glad that at least we had a whole day rather than doing a quickie bus tour.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The canyon was great, as on previous visits. It is more crowded than ever, and it is pretty good getting into the area, and parking. Was disappointed in the Visitor's Center....and the bathrooms were out of order. Understand things break....but at a park this crowded isn't a good thing.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Did it by car. First the North Rim with almost helicopter views, much less tourists, breathtaking.
After that to the South Rim, making sure not to miss the sun rise.
Grand Canyon is an absolute must, every part and lookout has that WOW effect. If I can suggest anything, do the other National Parks before you hit GC. Otherwise you do not do them justice.

1  Thank 550Michael
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

July trip: found it overrated, there are other parks that offer a lot more astonishing views, better access, better services.

they have a bus shuttle manned by drivers with no manners, ready to insult you if you ask them a simple question.
Park attendants at the gate were also rude and pushy.

The views are not that great compared to Yosemite or Bryce Canyon.

1  Thank Alex t
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We visited the Grand Canyon on a recent trip to AZ and all I have to say is that you have to see it to believe it. It truly is a spectacular wonder where pictures just don't do it justice. We stayed in a hotel outside the park but there was free bus shuttle service to and from the park from our hotel. There's also a shuttle in the park that will take you to all the look out points. We had a car but in my opinion it's best not to drive in there. It's too much hassle and the shuttle conveniently takes you everywhere. We were at the south rim which is the most popular side and most frequently visited. The north rim is harder to get to and get around. We're not huge hikers but wanted to experience the canyon a little more than just the look out points so decided to do a little hike. We took the Kaibab trail which I recommend highly for it's breathtaking views and the fact that it's not as popular as some of the other trails. We went about a mile in so about a 2 mile round trip which took us just under 2 hours with stopping / taking in the views, etc.. It was magnificent, felt like standing on top of a cloud. At some points the trail is fairly narrow so a note to be careful and also bring plenty of water. Especially in the summer time it gets pretty hot when hiking in and can get pretty dusty too with the wind picking up. Bring plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes / gym shoes / hiking shoes but it's definitely an amazing experience to walk down the trail, even just a little.

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