Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon definitely lives up to its name!! It’s breathtakingly beautiful and leaves you in awe for those that appreciate nature and enjoying the peace and serenity of the outdoors. If you have never seen the Grand Canyon up close you must add to your list.
We arrived at about 10:30 in the morning. Surprisingly the park was not very crowded at all. There was a bit of congestion at the entrance to the park however once past the main gate things flowed fairly smoothly.
There are very large parking lots to include buses and RVs also, walking from the parking lot out to the edge almost seems as though your getting ready to go on a normal hike until you reach the edge. There are guardrails in some places. But for the most part it’s open.
Looking over the edge gives you some perspective on how small you really are. Sheer size of the canyon is unimaginable. After walking around in the crowd we decided that it might be a good idea to check into the helicopter rides to fly out over the canyon and get some good shots.
We got on the helicopter barber was stuck in the middle in the back wasn’t able to see a lot I was lucky enough to be put in the back seat behind the pilot on the left side so that I could get video footage to show Barbara later. Needless to say she was not very happy. After paying that amount of money you would think that everyone should get a window seat. All in all it was a great day and we will be returning to this magnificent place when we have more time to do a little hiking around the edge.
TIPS & TRICKS
Get The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass: $80.00
This pass a must-have if you’re in an RV traveler. The pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the (BLM) Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.
We we estimated we saved around $245 with this pass.
Don’t feed the squirrels
If you decide to take a helicopter ride be aware that you are seated according to your weight. It seems that the smaller lighter people are put in the middle seats. However from the middle you can’t see very well if you are in the back.
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