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Sep 29, 30 - Day off in Seligman/Grand Canyon South Rim

Flagstones, Grand Canyon South Rim

sunny 24 °C

Sep 29: We woke to a beautiful morning at the KOA in Seligman, Arizona. It is not the best campground we have ever stayed in, but is OK. Our plan for the day was go to the Grand Canyon, but neither of us relished any more time in the car. We've come a long way in the past few days and a day of doing nothing really appealed.

We did do a short drive to the town of Ash Fork, which turns out to be the flagstone capital of the world. If you want flagstones, they got 'em, or know where to get 'em! :)


We got the blog up to date, did our laundry, sat around and read and ended the day with a pork chop and a salad for supper. Enough said!

Sep 30 - We were up and on the road by 7:30am ready to see the Grand Canyon South Rim. We know it will be crazy busy there, as this is a Saturday. We arrived at the visitor center at 9:30am and immediately got to walking along the rim. Our goal was to walk 4-5 miles from the Visitor Centre all the way over to the Bright Angel Trailhead, where people ride mules down into the Canyon. Along much of the walk you can see the trail a couple of thousand feet below, and what looks like ants walking on it.

This was another beautiful day, with temperature of about 21 C and a good breeze blowing which made walking comfortable. We took lots of pictures of the scenery and truly enjoyed being there early enough to beat the crowds. We stopped for lunch at the El Tovar Hotel on the edge of the Village. Jenny had a beef and bean taco and I had the steak sandwich. With a beer each our bill, with tip came to $48. Not bad, and the food was delicious.


By the time we finished lunch the crowd along the rim trail had exploded. It was a veritable United Nations up there...every language you could imagine. We quickly figured out that it was time for us to begin the departure. There was no room to move and we aren't particularly fond of crowds.

The Hopi House, built in 1905, is a replica of the kind of structure the Hopi Indians lived in. It is a sales centre for Hopi Art.


On the bus back to the Visitor Center we were packed in like sardines and the half hour bus ride was uncomfortable to say the least. But the bus deposited us a hundred yards from our car and we were soon on our way back to Seligman. On our way back we passed through the town of Williams, which is cute as a button. It was the last town on Route 66 bypassed by I-40 when it was built back in the 60's.


In 2014 we spent 5 nights at the North Rim of the Canyon and both of us agreed we enjoyed that experience more than this one. However, the South Rim has amazing views and is certainly a worthwhile destination. Its biggest drawback is its own popularity: over 5 million visitors a year. By mid afternoon it is crammed and uncomfortable.

Our stop here was just a short one, and there is so much more to see if you spend 3-4 days here, using the early and late hours of the day to get to more remote points of view, and getting photos of sunrise and sunset. But that kind of trip require advance planning as accommodations are full most of the spring summer fall. There are plenty of RV parks, and again, even at the end of September there were no reservable sites...a few first come first served but towing TaJ up 80 miles of road on speculation that we could find a site was not something we wanted to do.

But the views, ahh, the views!

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 07:35 Archived in USA Tagged route_66 grand_canyon_south_rim

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Great photos of the canyon

by Mary Klimek

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