After leaving Winslow Arizona I reached the South Rim entrance for the Grand Canyon relatively quickly, and for $12 I was given a seven day pass. I tried to park close to the visitors center but found the parking lot packed and had to do a fair bit of walking, the information center was as packed as the parking lot, so I decided to make my own way and followed the crowd. I soon standing a one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. It was well worth the walk. I rode my motorcycle around the South Rim several times, enjoying the view and taking pictures.
The park was very crowded and it was hard to get to some of the places I wanted to hike. While having lunch I was looking at my maps, trying to decide what to do when a fellow motorcyclist suggested I check out the North Rim as it is less crowed and come back to the South Rim during the week. Sounded good to me, so I made my way north. It was early enough that I was able to check out Lake Powell and some of the Glen Canyon National Park. I camped in one of the best campgrounds so far, the Page Lake Powell Campground and RV Park , they had a great hot tub and pool was just what my body needed after days for riding in the hot sun.
The ride to the North Rim was one of the more spectacular views that I have ever had, even better than the Grand Canyon. Passing through a cut in the cliffs so high it was almost like a tunnel, fortunately the road was straight and I could take in the views without losing my way.
The North Rim only gets 10% of the 5 million annual visitors, and in my opinion these 10% get the better experience. I hiked along the some of the trails enjoying one of the items on my bucket list. It was not until someone said “Is that A helicopter” that I really understood the size of the Grand Canyon. We were far above the helicopter and it looked no bigger and a dime.
What I did not know is that the best was yet to come.
Page Lake Powell Campground and RV Park
Great campground, and very affordable given some of the hotel rates in the town of Page AZ. http://pagecampground.com/