The Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim

Point Imperial sunrise with a cloudy sky and things to do north rim grand canyon

The drive

The drive from Jacob Lake to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park was breathtaking, with aspen trees at their full peak color and a beautiful mix of aspen and pine trees along the way. It was 45 miles of the most beautiful scenery. We stayed at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim. We stayed in a cabin at the lodge and spent the afternoon exploring the trails and taking in the stunning views from the lodge’s balcony. When it started raining, we still enjoyed the view from inside the lodge through the large picture windows.

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Pine and Aspen on the drive with the aspen, showing brilliant yellow color with a cloudy sky and things to do north rim grand canyon

Visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the fall was a truly unforgettable experience. As the summer crowds begin to thin out, the park takes on a more tranquil atmosphere. This allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the stunning natural surroundings. The autumn foliage provided a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop, adorning the trees that line the trails. The cool, crisp air was invigorating, and the views from the North Rim were nothing short of spectacular. The colors became even more vivid as the sun set over the canyon, creating a mesmerizing display of nature’s raw beauty.

At the visitors center/Lodge

This is the view from the grand canyon lodge on the north rim

The next morning, we woke up early to catch the sunrise at the Point Imperial Overlook. The drive out Cape Royal Road was dark but well worth it as we arrived just before sunrise. The twilight and early morning light was beautiful, but it was truly spectacular when the sun came up and illuminated the canyon through the clouds. For more photos of the Grand Canyon, check out our Toroweap trip blog and our Colorado 2021 blog. Although we only had 1 afternoon and 1 morning there it was a great experience and we can’t wait to get back.

Point Imperial

In conclusion, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder that should be on everyone’s bucket list. With its breathtaking vistas, diverse plant and animal life, and abundant recreational opportunities, this stunning destination is a must-see for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Whether you’re looking to hike, camp, or simply take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the canyon, the North Rim is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit. So if you’re seeking an unforgettable outdoor adventure, pack your bags and head to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon – you won’t be disappointed!

Lorna’s Tips and Lessons

Duck tape is a versatile tool that can come in handy during hiking trips. Years ago I read a suggestion to wrap some around my hiking stick. You could also wrap it around a strap of your backpack. Nowadays it comes in fun prints as well. I have used it on a couple of occasions to repair gear. Here are some of the uses of masking tape while hiking that I have heard of.

The wonders of tape

  1. First aid: Masking tape can be used to secure bandages or dressings in place.Use masking tape as a temporary bandage for minor cuts until reaching a suitable place for proper treatment.
  2. On long hikes, prevent blisters by using masking tape on your feet if you’re prone to them. You can apply it to areas on your feet that are prone to blisters to create a protective barrier.
  3. Gear repair: If your hiking gear, such as a backpack, tent, or sleeping bag, tears . Masking tape can be used as a temporary fix until you can get proper repairs. It can also be used to secure loose straps or cords.
  4. Trail marking: Masking tape can be used to mark trails or trees to help you find your way back or navigate through an unfamiliar area. This can be especially useful if you’re hiking in an area without clear trail markers or if you’re hiking in a group and want to mark your progress.
  5. Emergency signaling: In case of an emergency, masking tape can be used as a signaling device. You can create a large “X” with the tape on the ground or a tree to signal for help.
  6. Water protection: If you need to keep something dry, such as matches or a phone, masking tape can be used to create a waterproof seal. Simply wrap the item in the tape, making sure to cover all sides.
Hiking staff leaning against the trailer

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