Driving Tour to Grand Canyon National Park – Friday
Date and Times
- Friday October 4, 2019
Overview of the Drive
Yes! This is a second tour to the Grand Canyon. The committee wants to make sure that all who wish to see and experience the grandeur and the beauty of the Canyon have the opportunity. The tour will be the same as the day before. If you just want to see more of the Canyon or the scenery along the way, then you know a repeat trip is worthwhile. The driving tour will enter the National Park from the South end, continuing on to the Grand Canyon Village will bring other views and several places to stop for lunch just a few feet from the view. The drive back includes a route through a pine forest and views of the San Francisco mountains and Mt. Humphrey with its peak at 12,693 feet. (It may even have a covering of snow!).
Things to Know:
- The full tour will take about 7 ½ hours and cover about 200 miles.
- There is a fee for entrance into the National Park
- If you can present a “National Parks Passport”, the entrance fee is waived. The regular fee is $35 per car.
- At the entrance, Rangers will provide maps and information. Parking locations along the route and in the Grand Canyon Village will be identified.
- At the Grand Canyon Village, there is a museum and interpretive center that has many interesting photographs and displays documenting the history of people who discovered and explored the Canyon.
- There are several places to eat at the Village including the spectacular El Tovar Hotel (expensive and reservations recommended), Bright Angel Lodge (good food and reasonable cost), and several other smaller eating places.
- When you are to leave the park, exit through the South park gate and drive South to the towns of Tusayan and Valle
- A gasoline station is available for fill-up just south of the Grand Canyon at the intersection of highways 64 and 180. (location of Valle)
- Route 180 from Valle back to Flagstaff is a wonderful two lane road past the mountains and through the forest. Great scenery.