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    • Arizona/Utha in Fall

      Arizona Jan 29, 2017 at 9:49 AM

      Hi :)

      I need some advice for travel. I want to go to Las Vegas this fall and then drive by car to Grand Canyon and etc.
      My plan looks like this:

      First Day - Pick up the Car, drive to Hoover Dam and then to Tusayan

      Second Day - Visit Grand Canyon. We are not really "hiking people", so everything that takes more thatn 2hrs round trip is probably to much.But as i seen on then internet, most places are pretty accesible by car or shuttle.

      Third Day - Drive to Page, visit the Slot Canyons arount 11 AM (tours start then). and visit Horseshoe Bend in the afternoon

      Fourth Day - Drive from Page to Bryce Canyon (about 3hrs). Anything nice to see on the way there?

      Fifth Day - Visit Bryce Canyon

      Sixt Day - Drive to Springdale for Zion NP (about 2hrs). Anything nice to see on the way there?

      Seventh Day - Zion NP (visit The Narrows)
      Eight Day - Zion NP - What should we do too?
      Ninnth Day - Spend morning in Zion then drive back to Vegas, Anything nice to see on the way there?

      What do you think, is it a good plan? Should we spend less/more at a specific place? We have read that roads in this area are usually straight and not crowded, so driving shouln't be a hussle.

      Any help is appreciated

    • South rim Grand Canyon tours

      by cmcpike Online Now Jan 2, 2017 at 3:15 AM


      Thinking of driving to grand canyon rather than getting bus, what is the best type of tour to do? Walk/drive?

      5 Answers Jan 3, 2017 at 4:04 PM
    • Great one day tour at south rim

      by Kjmr Online Now Oct 23, 2016 at 8:06 PM

      Hi - we are staying at the South Rim Grand Canyon in mid december for two nights. Can anyone recommend one day tour / trip while we are there, that's informative, fun and physical. Thank you!!!


      3 Answers Oct 24, 2016 at 5:08 AM
    • Appreciate your comments/advice on proposed itinerary for Rim to Rim GC

      by vijay0828 Online Now Jul 25, 2016 at 7:26 AM

      Our family (myself, wife, 2 kids ages 16 and 13) are planning a Rim2Rim starting at North Rim on Aug 25 over 4 days. Given the very high heat, we plan to hike ~7-8 miles in early morn, then get to our destination, set up camp, rest, and do some short walks around the area. We are all fit and active, and the kids are used to long mountain hikes, although in fairness, not in this sort of heat. We are in no rush and want to enjoy this at a relatively leisurely pace.

      Our Itinerary is as follows:
      - Aug 25: hike from North Rim to Cottonwoods Campground. Then visit Ribbon Falls
      - Aug 26: Cottonwoods to Bright Angel CG. Lunch at Phantom Ranch. Short walk on Clear Creek Trail to Tonto Platform. Ranger program at Bright Angel CG.
      - Aug 27: Bright Angel CG to Indian Garden CG. Walk to Plateau Point for sunset
      - Aug 28: Indian Garden CG up to South Rim

      A few questions:
      1. We are planning to start by ~5am each morn and reach our destination by 10am. Is this early enough, or should we be looking to start even earlier? The two days where I am thinking earlier might be necessary are Day 2 (when we will across the Canyon through the Box) and Day 4 (when we are hiking up Bright Angel Trail).

      2. We are taking 2 tents - I know many folks do not, but given we are camping at the North Rim the night before we start, we don't really have a choice. We have purchased 2 fairly light tents (around 4-5lb each). And a bunch of other hiking accessories like Camelbak Water bladders, pocket stove, collapsible vessels, etc. Aim is to keep each backpack to 20lb max. Does that sound reasonable?

      3. Aside from the side trips above (Ribbon Falls, Clear Creek Trail, Plateau Point) and dipping in the Creek, are there any other things we can look to do while in the Canyon? e.g. other small hikes, activities, etc.

      4. We are not staying at the Phantom Ranch, but I am assuming we can buy lunch at the cafeteria - is that correct? Do we need a reservation?

      5. I expect to take a lot of video in this "trip of a lifetime". I have a couple of spare batteries for my camcorder, but do you think we could recharge at the Phantom Ranch? We are not staying there, but (say) do you think the Front desk could help us if we left our camcorder and charger with them while we have lunch there (subject to 4 above)?

      6. We've read a fair bit about the need to enrich our water supply (in bladders) with electrolyte powders. Any suggestions on whether we shd be doing that? if so recommendations? we also saw some electrolyte capsules out tehre to be taken with food but are confused how to take those safely so as to avoid depletion.

      Thx Vijay

      6 Answers Aug 19, 2016 at 10:47 AM
    • coffee mugs

      by Kazsteve Online Now Jul 1, 2016 at 3:42 PM

      3 years ago my husband and I did the west rim grand canyon tour I brought some coffee mugs I would love to buy some more I have enquired before but didn't get a very favourable response the coffee cups I brought had the Haulapai tribe insignia on them
      Is it possible to buy some more and have them shipped to Australia

      thank you karen

      1 Answer Jul 1, 2016 at 5:19 PM
    • 21 day road trip

      by DebT25 Online Now Dec 28, 2015 at 4:16 AM

      We are flying into Phoenix on 31st August 2015 and are trying to plan a tour to incorporate the Canyon lands and the west coast before flying out from Phoenix on 20th September, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
      Thanks in advance.

      3 Answers Dec 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM
    • Las Vegas day trip to The Grand Canyon. Recommendations for something special?

      by NailseaGirl Online Now Dec 19, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      Hi. I would very much appreciate any suggestions on a Trip for 1 day or part of a day from Las Vegas to The Grand Canyon.

      There are just the 2 of us and we will be celebrating a very special occasion whilst we are there.

      We have been told that a helicopter trip is a good way to see the Canyon but I don't know where to start on what is a good company to do this with, as there seems to be so many.

      We've also been told that a jeep tour is good fun too.

      I hope that the people on this site can help again. It is always appreciated!

      11 Answers Dec 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM
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      Helicopter tours

      by SarahH48 Online Now Jun 15, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      I saw that Papillon tours are the official people that do this- are there others? Any good family deals? Do they generally leave from Las Vegas?

      11 Answers Jun 17, 2015 at 10:51 AM
    • Smooth Water Rafting - Closest pickup point from Trailer Village RV Campground

      by MrsJLO Online Now Jan 12, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      Coming from the UK, we will have no other transportation apart from the RV, which we do not want to take out of the Campground during our stay. Can anyone tell me who the CLOSEST outfitters are to Trailer Village (South Rim) that operate a 1 day smooth water rafting trip in July? Alternatively, are there any taxis that can pick us up at Trailer Village and drop us at the meeting point (wherever that will be!)? Any assistance greatly appreciated!

      17 Answers Jan 13, 2015 at 1:20 PM
    • 1 way helicopter ride from the bottom of the canyon

      by coco_bzh Online Now Dec 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      i'm planning a Grand Canyon trip for my parents. They can handle the trail down to the bottom / colorado river via the Bright Angel trail, but likely not the hike back up the next day so I'm looking for an helicopter tour that starts at the bottom, tours and drops them on the rim. has anyone heard of that? A few searches dont show anything in that line only tours from/to upper rim. Any help welcome !


      7 Answers Dec 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM
    • Visit Grand Canyon in mid Nov

      by lcnghk Online Now Oct 3, 2014 at 4:52 AM

      I am planning to drive with 3 friends to Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and stay 2 night there then dirve back to LA. Any advice and suggestion on hotel to stay and routes to follow will be most appreciated.

      10 Answers Oct 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM
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      Grand Canyon Itinerary advise.

      by nashrulhazran Online Now Aug 1, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Hi All,

      im visiting Grand Canyon from Vegas on September 2nd. i already booked 3 days lodge in Grand Canyon National Park and few activities. can i have some advise regarding my trip? your advise will be really helpfull for me. below are my initarary for 5 days. hope to hear your advise regarding this.

      Day 1: 1030 - arrive LV from Houston 1100 - drive from LV to Grand Canyon (plan to stop over at Hoover Damn) 1630 - check in at Bright Angel Lodge 1730 - sunset tour

      Day 2: 0600 - Drive to find best view for sunrise (appreciate if someone can advise me the best place i can go) 0830 - Mule Ride 1200 - Desert ride tour 1600 - Drive along grand Canyon

      Day 3: 0730 - follow ranger hike program 1100 - can someone suggest to me what else i can do there since i hope i can utilize my time in Grand Canyon National Park. I dont have any plan what to do for entire day.

      Day 4:
      0530 - Drive to Monument Valley (is it the best time to start the journey?)
      0900 - joint the 2-3 hour Monument Valley tour package
      1200 - Drive to Park,Az
      1600 - Check in Hotel
      1700 - Drive to Wahweap marina to see the sunset

      Day 5:
      0600 - Drive to Horseshoe Bend to see the sunrise
      0730 - Halfday Raft in Colorado river
      1300 - Antelope Canyon Tour
      1500 - Drive back to Las Vegas

      -end of journey-

      is this itinarary will work and i can have the great day in Grand Canyon with this initarary? all your suggestion are much appreciated because it will help me to plan my trip since i will travel alone, i need to plan my journey as good as possible.



      8 Answers Aug 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM
    • We are looking to rent a car to drive from the Grand Canyon to the Hoover Dam

      by Cassis30 Online Now Jul 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      My family and I are traveling from NY to the Grand Canyon in an RV this summer. We would like to take a trip to see the Hoover Dam while we are there. Is it possible to rent a car for the day or overnight to do this?

      1 Answer Jul 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM
    • Driving from Phoenix to Grand Canyon

      by quantum123 Online Now Jul 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      We will be reaching Phoenix at around 7:30, renting a car and then driving to Phoenix at night.
      Is it safe to do so? Or is it more advisable to spend the night at Phoenix and leave early morning.

      8 Answers Jul 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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      Grand Canyon ranch

      by AngiBabe Online Now Jul 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      My daughter wants to stay at the Grand Canyon ranch for a night at the west rim. Has anyone been before.
      We have been to the the south rim before so we know the west rim isn't actually the n.p. but would quite like to see the sky walk.
      Any tips.

      1 Answer Jul 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM
    • driving to southern or western part of GC is better?

      by peterchantaiman Online Now Jun 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Is it safe or any risk to pay attention?
      Thank you in advance.
      Pls reply to
      Best regards
      Hong Kong

      2 Answers Jul 1, 2014 at 4:10 AM
    • grandcanyon

      by cba123 Online Now Jun 8, 2014 at 2:15 AM

      we are spending 2 nights at bottom what to expect

      2 Answers Jun 8, 2014 at 6:39 AM
    • Mule riding

      by katty1 Online Now Apr 3, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Does the west rim offer mule rides?

      1 Answer Apr 4, 2014 at 3:19 AM
    • Thanksgiving at Grand Canyon 2013

      by ilutravel Online Now Nov 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Hello, my family & I will be driving from Vegas to the South Rim on Thanksgiving day this year & will be staying at Yavaipa lodge inside the park for the night. We planned on leaving vegas early so as to arrive at the canyon in the afternoon to enjoy the rest of the day there. My kids are between 6-13 & I will also have my parents with me, thus would like to know which hike or places we can visit that is easily accessable. Also is there any good dining recommendation for thanksgiving dinner aside for El Tovar? I heard it's good there but can be pricey giving our large family. The plan is for us to get up early to catch the sunrise the next morning, doing more sightseeing around the area then head back to vegas to spend the night there before heading back to LA on saturday. Also is there anything to do at night in the park after sunset? I heard it can be really dark there.The trip to the canyon is rather short thus any tips to see the best points with our limited time there is greatly appreciated!

      6 Answers Nov 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM
    • Best south rim hike for visitor afraid of heights?

      by CBPercy Online Now Oct 20, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Geology-loving daughter has a depth-of-field vision problem that makes her very nervous near steep drop-offs, but she really wants to see look up at the canyon walls from a moderate way down. Is Bright Angel the best trail for her? She'll have a walking stick, which helps her feel anchored.

      3 Answers Oct 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM
    • lost photos

      by paulcamilleri Online Now Sep 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      anyway re buy lost photos from skywalk visit on tha 16/08/2013

      1 Answer Sep 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM
    • Oct weather

      by gailtn Online Now Sep 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      What kind of weather can I expect in October in the Grand Canyon? I'm mostly concerned about the coldest temp it could get towards the end of the month.

      4 Answers Sep 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM
    • GRAND CANYON/BRYCE/ ZION?? what to do

      by mingzhu Online Now Aug 28, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      My husband and I are planning touring CG Bryce and zion but only have 3 nights in late October . Out of LV cant decide whether to go LV - South Rim- Bryce- Zion LV. OR LV Zion-North Rim -Bryce - LV. Both seem like long distance but North Rim looks slightly less distance.Also I notice that there may be road closures after mid Oct on North Rim Access. We can leave LV at crack of dawn on Day 1 but need to be back in LV Aafternoon/Evening of Day 3 to take plane to SF. Can Anyone suggest best route and best things to see. We both like shortish hikes (mx 1hour) good views sunrises/sets. Which is better North Rim or South Rim? Thanks for any help/advice

      10 Answers Aug 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM
    • planning a trip

      by dinnerlinner Online Now Aug 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Any suggestions for seeing Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon for a weeks stay?

      3 Answers Aug 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM
    • 1 night stay and self drive to south rim from vegas

      by hjlillis Online Now Jul 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM


      We have a big trip to America next year (April/May) and are debating what to choose for the last few days. We will be in LA and are thinking of getting a flight to vegas, renting an suv and going to the canyon. How long does it take to drive? I've been told 6 hours? It's pretty long and we would quite like to stay overnight (suggestions?).

      We would head there on the 15th May - not sure if the North rim is open and/or a better option?

      Really like the idea of taking things at our own pace, seeing the sunset, having a bit of a road trip. Then back to Vegas for last 2 days.

      I looked at the heli options but am a bit nervous about this! Also quite fancied the open road!

      We would have travelled down the west coast from san fran, and are debated this trip for the last few days against carrying onto San Diego - very nice and chilled but we want to make the most of our trip.

      9 Answers Jul 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM
    • Grand Canyon for 2 days, one night on 08-15 til 08-17

      by Splendid_Sun Online Now Jul 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      We have 5 adults, and we will drive from San Jose, CA and hit GC on the morning 08/15.

      The main points are 1. We want to watch sunrise and sunset. 2. Stay one night in the bottom of GC. Can all you guys give us a tip like what trails should we take, where we can camp at night. Thank so much

      4 Answers Jul 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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      Grand Canyon in December

      by mickey.p Online Now Apr 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      We are visiting Las Vegas in December for 6-7 nights and we want to do the GC as well as Hoover Dam.

      I'm starting with a blank, I know it can be done in a day on a tour as I am a UK travel agent and book this often but we prefer to self drive - hate buses and my son is Autistic so doesn't do well with group travel. We can stay overnight if need be but we are not into hiking so the easiest way to get to the best views is the best idea! I believe that there is a viewing platform made from glass? Is this worth a shot?

      If we stay over night we could possibly do 2 areas of the Canyon, is this a good idea? Is there anything else in the area?

      Finally if we don't self drive is the helicopter worth doing from Vegas? Or even the helicopter from the canyon itself? Is is likely to be busy during these dates?

      How long is the drive and if overnighting is it OK to combine it with Hoover Dam?

      Any advice would be great!

      8 Answers May 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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      Best Rim and Helicopter Tour

      by ronploeg4 Online Now Apr 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Hello all, at the end of august we will visit the Grand Canyon. We doesn't wanna set a date yet. Is it possible to book a helicopter tour when we arrive. What is a relaible and good company. What are the prices? From the forum responds I read the south Rim is the most interesting. Does it have a address for the navigation? Are there interesting places in the neighborhood to spend the night?

      Kind Regards,
      Ron Ploeg
      The Netherlands

      7 Answers Apr 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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      by JenniferW17 Online Now Mar 22, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      temp over the next week please

      4 Answers Apr 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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      From Argentina to Miami - Grand Canyon - LA!

      by doomito Online Now Mar 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

      Hi! we are a couple of friends from Argentina, traveling to meet the Grand Canyon and the West coast. We arrive at Miami, and the idea is to fly to Phoenix, rent a car, drive to the grand canyon, then Los Angeles and up.

      We have tons of questions so any advice is very welcome! Mainly:

      1) is phoenix the best location to fly to?

      2) how long our stay on the GC should be? For now, we booked 3 nights.

      3) it is OK to go with a car? we are unsure about this, if there will be snow, etc, etc

      4) I was told to take a look at the hoover dam, sedona, the famous route 66... I just don't know in what order :)

      Please, any advice is very welcome! :)

      57 Answers Mar 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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      National Park Pass

      by wms.lisa Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      I will be staying at the Grand Canyon Bright Angel March 15, 2013 and will be driving a car. We will be doing 2 day hikes. Do you recommend buying the entry pass at the gate or at another location?

      7 Answers Mar 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM