Angel's Window, Cape Royal Point
In addition to great views of the canyon the North Rim can also lay claim to one of the most interesting viewpoints. Yep, if you want the best view of the canyon from here you have to walk across the narrow neck of rock that forms the arch that you see in this picture. There are railings along the edge so those that have some head for heights should have no problems. The reward for for those who go out there is a great view of the Grand Canyon, including the Colorado River. Click on Tab 2 to see the view from Angel’s Window viewpoint.
Grand Canyon from Point Imperial
The best views from the North Rim are between Point Imperial and Cape Royal. The Grand Canyon is running from north to south here before turning to the west round Cape Royal. Point Imperial is the highest point on the North Rim at 2684 metres (8803 feet) high and this enables you to see over the opposite rim which helps to give a feel for the scale of the canyon.
Grand Canyon - North Rim
We won’t go back over the figures quoted on the South Rim page, from the North Rim the Grand Canyon has the same dimensions! It is easy to see why the South Rim is more visited than the North - it is more accessible and the Colorado River is closer to the South Rim. The North Rim is higher, colder and closed in winter, also the views across the canyon can be into the sun which makes them more difficult to capture. We didn’t manage to visit the North Rim until October 2005. The weather was excellent and we quickly formed the opinion that most of the views are as good as, if not better than, those from the South Rim.
Grand Canyon from Cape Royal Point
From some viewpoints the view seems to be of a jumble of mountains peaks below you, but here the Grand Canyon is at its most canyon-like. The canyon curves round Cape Royal Point so there are great views to the north, east, south and west. In this view to the southeast the Desert View Watchtower sits atop the high part of the opposite South Rim, albeit difficult to pick out at internet resolution.
Fall Foliage, Kanab Plateau
The main route to the North Rim is from Kanab in Utah. Although outside the National Park the approach to the North Rim does not disappoint, especially in autumn when the fall foliage is at its peak. The meadows on the Kanab Plateau are over 2750 metres (9000 feet) high yet they are bursting with colour. The way that this high and gently undulating plateau suddenly plunges into a huge canyon only serves to emphasise the grandeur of the Grand Canyon.
Click on Minimap to navigate
To move forwards or backwards through the Arizona trail click the arrows above, or select your next destination on the Minimap.
Grand Canyon & Bright Angel Canyon from Bright Angel Point
From here it is a good 10 kilometres (6 miles) down the Bright Angel Canyon to to the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The South Rim part of the National Park is a least 15 kilometres (9 miles) away. These distances ‘as the crow flies’ may seem large, but they pale into insignificance compared to the road distances. To travel from here by road to the South Rim Visitor Center entails a journey of over 340 kilometres (210 miles). Bright Angel Point is the most popular stop on the North Rim. While the view from here is good we found that others were much better. Not only is this view into the sun for much of the day, but the length of Bright Angel Canyon enhanc es the impression that the Grand Canyon is a long, long way away.
Grand Canyon Lodge, Bright Angel Point
You might expect the lodge on the North Rim by Bright Angel Point to be called Bright Angel Lodge, but that lodge is situated on the South Rim opposite the end of Bright Angel Canyon. The lodge on the North Rim is called Grand Canyon Lodge. Built in 1928 it the original main lodge building lasted only four years before it burned down. The new main lodge opened in 1937 boasting a view from its grand window of Bright Angel Point. Guest accommodation is in cabins, some of which have great views of the canyon.