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Grand Canyon North Rim - NFS De Motte Campground - Site 12

Grand Canyon North Rim - NFS De Motte Campground - Site 12,...

Grand Canyon North Rim - NFS De Motte Campground - Site 12,...

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 0 - our route -...

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 1 - Once we leave...

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 2

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 3

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 4 - several Navajo stands...

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 5

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 6

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 7

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 8

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 9

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 10

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 11

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 12

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 13

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 14

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 15

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 16

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 17 - the Vermillion Cliffs

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 18

Canyon South Rim to North Rim 19

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 20

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 21

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 22

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 23

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 24 - starting up the...

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 25

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 26 - results of a...

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 27 - pretty well on...

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 28 - still snow on...

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 29

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 30

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 31 - WILDLIFE!!!!!

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 32

Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim 33

Cape Royal Trip 1 - Angel Window

Cape Royal Trip 2

Cape Royal Trip 3

Cape Royal Trip 4

Cape Royal Trip 5

Cape Royal Trip 6

Cape Royal Trip 7

Cape Royal Trip 8

Cape Royal Trip 9 - the Cape Royal Trail is the only...

Cape Royal Trip 10

Cape Royal Trip 11

Cape Royal Trip 12

Cape Royal Trip 13

Cape Royal Trip 14

Cape Royal Trip 15

Cape Royal Trip 16

Cape Royal Trip 17 - our trail at Roosevelt Point

Cape Royal Trip 18

Cape Royal Trip 19

Cape Royal Trip 20

Cape Royal Trip 21

Cape Royal Trip 22 - you may be able to tell it's...

Cape Royal Trip 23 - here you can easily see the plateau...

Cape Royal Trip 24

Cape Royal Trip 25

Cape Royal Trip 26

Cape Royal Trip 27

Cape Royal Trip 28

Cape Royal Trip 29

Cape Royal Trip 30

Cape Royal Trip 31

Cape Royal Trip 32 - Walhalla Glades Pueblo - one of over...

Cape Royal Trip 33

Bright Angel Point Trail 1

Bright Angel Point Trail 2

Bright Angel Point Trail 3

Bright Angel Point Trail 4

Bright Angel Point Trail 5

Snow in Campground 1 - we woke up to this on Tuesday...

Snow in Campground 2

Snow in Campground 3 - our steps

Snow in Campground 4

Snow in Campground 5

Snow in Campground 6

Snow in Campground 7

Snow in Campground 8

Snow in Campground 9

Snow in Campground 10


It was a very scenic 196 miles around the Grand Canyon to reach the De Motte Campground which is a National Forest Service campground about 8 miles from the National Park entrance and 20 miles from the North Rim. Much of the drive was through the Navajo reservation with vendor stands every few miles. It was Sunday and most were closed though a few were open. We were tempted to stop but figured we would have ample opportunity later near the four corners region.

The campground has some very large sites and is the closest to the canyon. It has no hookups but the location is the best of available campgrounds in the area with the exception of the one in the park which is very hard to get into. The main problem is no Verizon access so no phone or internet while here. I was able to set up the tripod dish to get around the trees and access Direct TV.

Monday, we went into the park and drove the Cape Royal road. At the end of the cape we took the trail out onto the point for our first view from the North Rim. All of the formations are much closer from this side since the Colorado River flows closest to the South Rim. This allows you to see them much clearer. We believe the views from this side are much better and more colorful. We also walked the Roosevelt Trail and visited Point Imperial which is the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet. We then went to the visitor center area and walked the Bright Angel Point Trail which is a paved trail out to the very end of the point. It was a little scary as some of the trail had very little on either side of it. The wind gusting 40-50 mph did not make us feel any more secure either. We did safely traverse the trail and enjoyed the view at the point.

Tuesday we awoke to snow! We have included many pictures of the early morning as the new snow was all gone by afternoon. We spent the day just relaxing and preparing for our trip to Zion Canyon tomorrow. I will be posting this stop from there once we get internet access.

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