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Overlooked gems at the Canyon

Destination(s): Grand Canyon National Park

When most people think of the Grand Canyon, they imagine the view from the South Rim, but there is much more to do and see here for those willing to explore the area. Within a hundred miles of the South Rim, visitors can hike to Navajo National Monument and camp under the most spectacular cliff dwelling on the Colorado Plateau. Or in the opposite direction, one can explore the famous natural arc, Rainbow Bridge. A bit closer to the canyon are many often over-looked views. read more about Overlooked gems at the Canyon

Grand Canyon Caverns

Grand Canyon Caverns

  • 25 miles west of Seligman, AZ
  • (On Route 66)
  • tel:928 422 3223
  • Visit website
  • Peach Springs, 86434

In 1927, a heavy rain widened the natural funnel-shaped opening to the upper level of an unknown system of caverns in western Arizona. Inside the deep cavern, two human skeletons were found and thought to be cavemen. However, it was later discovered that the bodies were two members of the Hualapai tribe who were secretly buried there. During the Great Depression, a wooden staircase was constructed, plunging visitors 15 stories into the cavern. Today, visitors are lowered to the bottom with an elevator. The original natural entrance is a sacred burial ground. Fossils of prehistoric clams, scallops and evidence of sea turtle remains have been found lithified in the limestone walls. Also found were the remains of a giant ground sloth, which went extinct 11,000 to 20,000 years ago. From I-40, take Rt. 66 about 25 miles northwest to the Grand Canyon Caverns exit. read more about Grand Canyon Caverns

Grandview Trail

Grandview Trail

  • P.O. Box 170
  • tel:520-638-7888
  • Visit website
  • Grand Canyon, 86023

The Grandview trail offers a challenging hike through steep, rocky terrain beginning on the South Rim. Experienced hikers should take this trail, which is not maintained, and plan to reach Coconino Saddle in 2.2 miles and Horseshoe Mesa in 6.4 miles. Don't let the steep trail deceive you. The hike back up will take twice as long. Trail conditions are much tougher than the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails. A good set of hiking boots with ankle support is recommended, as it is easy to twist an ankle on this rocky trail. The Grand View Trail begins on the canyon side of retaining wall at Grandview Point on Desert View Drive, which is 12 miles east of the village. There is no water available on this trail, so bring plenty. read more about Grandview Trail

Crazy Jug Point

Crazy Jug Point

  • Forest Road 292 B
  • (32 miles southwest of Jacob Lake)
  • tel:928 638 7888
  • Visit website
  • Grand Canyon, 86022
The Abyss

The Abyss

  • West Rim Dr
  • (West of Grand Canyon Village)
  • Grand Canyon, 86023
Navajo National Monument

Navajo National Monument

Overlooking the Tsegi Canyons, Navajo National Monument sits high on the Shonto plateau in the northwest corner of the Navajo Reservation. Located at the ruins are a visitor's center, a museum, two campgrounds, and a picnic area. The campgrounds are primitive, but there is water available. No wood fires. Navajo National Monument is located at the end of the State Highway 564 off of U.S. Highway 160. After 10 miles, look for a sign for the visitors center. read more about Navajo National Monument