Grand Canyon- South Kaibab Trail
The Grand Canyon is one of those places which must be seen to be believed. The sheer size of this 5 million year old crack in the earth is overwhelming. With this immense size comes the challenge of finding the best places to see while visiting.
This is where friends of ours told us to bypass the popular and crowded ‘Skywalk’ where many of the Las Vegas tourists come to get a taste of the Grand Canyon. The ‘Skywalk’ is impressive I’m sure but if you are like me and would rather get up close and personal while in Arizona’s most impressive feature, then you need a good hike.
The south rim of the canyon offers many great hikes and has camping and RV campgrounds for around $17 per night. A small convenience store in the National Park provides fire wood and lighting a fire is a must if you camp overnight- how else are you going to cook those spuds! There is also a free shuttle bus which runs to all the hiking trails on the south rim including the South Kaibab Trail.
The South Kaibab Trail is one of the best trails on offer along the south rim and hikers have the option to travel down as far as the Colorado River and camp down there for a few days. There are organised hikes which run for about 6 days top to bottom and back up. If however, you have feeble calves like me, there is the option to turn around whenever you feel like it or a pack mule can bring you back up.
Jen and I did about a 4 hour hike which led to a great viewpoint overlooking the canyon and the river. The feeling of being in the canyon and having soaring rock above and below is what makes me think doing a hike is a must. This is something the Skywalk cannot offer. In the 4 hours we made our way to the aptly named ‘Ooh Aah Point’ which is named after the common reaction from visitors (true story look it up) and back to the top.
If you are lucky enough to get to the Grand Canyon do yourself a favour and take a hike, even a short one. You won’t regret it. There are many other trails and of varying difficulties and the visitor centre offers maps and handy information like how much food and water is recommended to take on each trail.
If you have a Grand Canyon experience, leave a comment below. I would love to hear what it was about the canyon that made you Ooh Aah!