Driving Tour to Grand Canyon National Park – Thursday
Date and Times
- Thursday October 3, 2019
Overview of the Drive
What is there left to say about the Grand Canyon? The grandeur and the beauty of the Canyon is unmatched in the world. If you haven’t seen it before, now is the time. If you have seen the Canyon before, then you know a repeat trip is always worthwhile. Day to day, hour to hour, the colors and shadows and the clouds change making the view of the Canyon features new and exciting. The driving tour will enter the National Park from the South end, continuing the tour 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 12,643 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.