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.