We took the day on Tuesday to visit the Grand Canyon. After taking the drive up, we entered the park and immediately began hiking down the canyon. The Parks Service is really great at scaring visitors into bringing a significant amount of water and food along with you down the path. As you can imagine the Grand Canyon is, well, Grand.
The weather for canyon hiking couldn’t have been better. It was party cloudy and in the mid-60s while we were in the canyon. It was warmer in the sun, but it was the equivalent of a nice New England late Spring/early summer day. We split into two groups of three in order to hike down. As you can imagine, the canyon was stunning. I’ll of course post the photos after the trip, but even the photos cannot adequately capture the sheer size and magnitude of the canyon. The experience of being there is surreal. When you look down and can barely see the hikers below you, it really puts things in perspective. And to think that this was only one of the many trails in the park.
After hiking three miles down the canyon, the group met up a rest house on the trail, snapped a few pictures, and then began the trek back up. NOTE: hiking up the canyon is significantly harder than hiking down. It takes about 2-3 times longer to get back up. The park had reminders posted that read “Hiking down is OPTIONAL. Hiking up is not.” in order to remind us.
After returning to the rim (the top), we headed out for dinner and the drive north towards Utah. The giant burrito I devoured for dinner was well-deserved after the six-mile canyon hike.