While you’re at the Grand Canyon, you cannot experience its great landscape and its atmosphere without actually hiking across the trails. The spectacular land formations, stunning scenic vistas and nature’s amazing colors are the reason that you need to visit and experience the Canyon on foot. However, you cannot randomly go hiking in the Canyon because it is vast and there’s a good chance that you might be lost. What you can do is take a hike on one of the most popular and best-maintained path, the Bright Angel Trail. The Bright Angel Trail descends from the west end of Grand Canyon Village, following a route blazed by prospectors in the 1890s. It’s an 18-mile hike down to the Colorado River and back. If you are looking for a shorter day hike then you can cut off to Plateau Point which is 1,300 feet above the river and a 13-mile round-trip from the South Rim. One of the older and more interesting paths for hiking is the old trail that drops down from Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa. Hiking on this trail, you can still see the remnants of an old copper mine that closed in 1907. It is a six-mile round-trip and gives a memorable overview of the Grand Canyon.
The Colorado River is a part of the Grand Canyon experience and if you want a complete and exhilarating experience, then you should definitely opt for white-water rafting. The multi-day rafting excursions are led by a professional outfitter. While rafting, you can experience the awe-inspiring scenery, splendid side hikes and adrenaline-pumping whitewater rapids.
Yes, it seems like a great idea to live in a nearby motel and drive to the Grand Canyon in the morning and drive back at night. If you actually think about it, what you’re saving on rent, you’re spending on gas. So if you are planning to visit and experience the Grand Canyon, you can call ahead to the Canyon’s concessionaire, Xanterra and make a reservation for staying at the Grand Canyon Village lodgings. There are different accommodations according to the budget. The lodgings offer a great view from different angles and you get to stay in the Canyon. With specially preserved hotels to one-night lodges, you can find an accommodation best suited to your needs and budget.
You want an out of the world experience high in the sky then you could head to the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West. It is a five-hour drive from the South Rim. A glass-floored, horseshoe-shaped walk ventures over the massive canyon. You can marvel at open views as you walk almost a mile above the Colorado River.
If you don’t want to take your car and you are not into hiking, then you could always opt for biking across the Grand Canyon. The biking offers an exhilarating experience for feeling the rush at its great heights and getting a whiff of the intoxicating air.