Grand Canyon – AZ – From the South Rim
A powerful and inspiring landscape, Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size.
I love the Grand Canyon and want to get back there with my son some day soon. You can’t describe the feeling you get when you look down into.
Unique combinations of geologic color and erosion and forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.
There are many viewpoints from the #SouthRim of the #GrandCanyon on the Arizona side or south rim. Some are reached from the South entrance, others on the west side in the Navajo Reservation. Some of our favorite view points are, from anywhere along Hermit Road to Hermit Rest, like pima, mariopa, hopi, or views from various areas and Yaki which can only be accessed by bus. Then there are the major viewpoints like Mather, and Yavapai, which are must see locations. Probably at least 90% of visitors go there so they can be crowded.
Less crowded locations, with fantastic views are Guano, Lapin, Moron, Navajo, and Desert View. Most all of the viewpoints have views of the Colorado river, but some of the best have no view of the river or very restricted one. Maps of the park show some of the areas that you would like other than Mather and Yavapai. Peaks that are prominent such as Isis Temple, Thor, Zoroaster, and views of the Abyss. There are also many trail heads along the south rim where you can walk down a ways (take plenty of water) or even all the way to the river.
The “golden hour” is the first hour after the sun comes over the horizon. Then and the last hour of the day, the sun gives the warmest colors. On a clear day it seems like you can see forever across the canyon, which is about 20 miles wide.
Grand Canyon Photography South rim in winter