We’d always wanted to see the Grand Canyon with our own eyes and for the very first time. But there’s a very good reason why we went first to the North Rim: out of 6 million annual visitors to the Grand Canyon, only 1 out of every 8 visitors stops at the North Rim.
From Cameron to Marble Canyon on US-89 and -89A, the sun had shone brightly, illuminating Echo Cliffs and Vermilion Cliffs along the way and “blowing up” our eyes with deep brilliant reds and oranges and strong hints of violet. But as we’d climbed up the Kaibab plateau towards the North Rim, clouds began obscuring both colour and light. That was no deterrence, as we continued upwards and onwards through subalpine and alpine forests.
At 8803 feet (2683 metres), Point Imperial is the highest overlook on either north or south rim of the Grand Canyon. This southeast facing view provides us with our first ever “grand” sighting of the Grand Canyon, as well as the location where the Little Colorado River empties into the Colorado River.
Point Imperial, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, 🇺🇸 - 13 Oct 2018 (HL, c6d img tag 95666).