2012 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta travel blog

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park


Oct 1, 2012

We left Kingman, AZ about 9:30 and headed for Williams, AZ about 112 miles. We arrived at the Canyon Gateway Camp Grounds around noon. Margret had called ahead and made reservations for three rigs, or so she thought. When we arrived, Margret only had a reservation. We had to track down the camp “host” and were told that since we didn’t give them the names, addresses and phone numbers of the other two rigs they were not reserved. The host didn’t say anything about needing the information when Margret made the reservations. After giving us a bunch of attitude she finely gave us two additional spot but we are not together. The park is run down and in need of much maintenance. We will not be coming back to this place. The temperature was in the low 80’s but when the sun went down, the wind picked up a little and it cooled off such that you needed a sweater or light jacket. The temperature dropped down to about 50 degrees overnight and I had to take out the space heater. Tomorrow we head to the Grand Canyon.

Oct 2, 2012

We left for the south rim of the Grand Canyon about 9:30. It is a 60 mile trip from Williams. The rim is at 7000 feet and temperature was a very comfortable 80 degrees today although the sun was intense so we preferred shade when possible. It has been 15 years since we were here last and things have changed. For one you have to park and take a shuttle to the view points to see the Canyon. There are three shuttles, Red, Blue and Orange. We took the Blue one to the starting point of the Red one. The red one is a 7 mile (one way) to several viewpoints which took us about 3 and ½ hours round trip. The shuttles run about every 10 minutes which gives you just about enough time to take a few pictures at each stop and get back to pick up the next shuttle. But if you miss it you only have to wait another 10 minutes for the next one. This is a much better system as when we were here in 1997; we spent a lot of time looking for a parking spot at the viewpoints. The Grand Canyon is over 200 miles long, 10 miles wide and 1 mile deep with the Colorado River winding along the bottom; a must see if you haven’t. We got back at the MH at about 5:30 just in time to have a great group meal under lamp light. The dinner show was a meteorite that lit up the sky at the end of the meal.



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