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  •  Well, there's the skywalk (4+ / 0-)
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    jbob, Amber6541, mumtaznepal, wasatch

    The skywalk (google it) is a cantilevered glass-bottom overhang from which you can presumably see the canyon better. I haven't been to that, its expensive, and it sounds touristy to me, but its an option.

    Personally, I highly recommend actually going to the bottom. I went my first time to just the south rim, snapped a few pictures, was amazed by the scenery, but got bored gaping at the same thing after a little while. Then I went a few more times, all as SRim-NRim-SRim round trip hikes (some backpacking, some straight through with a daypack), and had an entirely different appreciation of GC. I've only done it at summer, and the pictures with snow seem to yield yet another entirely different appreciation of it.

    One thing I would add to the great description the diarist had is that the animals are all vicious, in an endearing sort of way! The turkeys at Phantom Ranch attack you if you take a dip in the water and get anywhere remotely close (like 25') to them. The squirrels at Indian Gardens bite your fingers (not painfully) if you have any salt crystals on them left from whatever you are snacking on. There are scorpions under every rock at Phantom Ranch (the rangers might have a black light so that you can see them).  And of course, desert plants almost all have needles.

    •  We slept with a Pink Rattler sitting happily (0+ / 0-)

      a few feet from the edge of our campsite back in June.  

      Another joy, at least in June, is to hike through "The Box" around Noon when they advise strongly against.  Every 30 minutes, we dropped our packs - and shoes/socks - and laid down in the Bright Angel Creek.  In full heat of day, that water is perfect temperature after starting out cold below the North Rim.   Evaporative cooling takes over once back on the trail - dripping wet.  The hotter the air, the better.  

      Don't go if there is no flowing water, though.  Could be a death sentence.

      West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

      by Nicolas Fouquet on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 02:14:53 PM PST

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