We all know about the canyon itself, and the mighty Colorado River that formed it.  We’ve seen the common pictures, like these:

Amazing view, but typical shot of the Grand Canyon

The mighty Colorado River

But there is so much more to see, do, and explore. I didn’t get any pics of the estimated 1000 caves, but here are a few shots from the south rim.

You can stay in a hotel right on the rim. It looks tiny, doesn’t it?

A room with a view!

At the east entrance, there is a watchtower that you can climb to see into the canyon and out onto the plateau in the east.

Desert View Watchtower, designed by Mary Colter

Here’s what you’ll see to the east after climbing to the top of the watchtower.

Cinder Cone and strange stone formation near the Desert View Watchtower

The Little Colorado forms a smaller canyon on Navajo lands, just east of Grand Canyon National Park.  Much more intimate than the Grand Canyon, and much less crowded.  Oh, and free.

Canyon formed by the Little Colorado River

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3 Comments on Grand Canyon – south rim – unique vantage points

  1. Mary says:


    I am sure you’ll have a great time, and find even more unique vantage points. Did you listen to my podcast about a northern Arizona road trip? It’s all about heading to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix, and what there is to see in the area.

    Have a great time…let me know what you discover!

  2. Sanjoy says:


    Great review!! I am planning a Grand Canyon trip next week and reserved a room with International Hostel. Looking forward to the trip.

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