When you’re making a trip to the Grand Canyon, you know there’s going to be a lot to take in. The Grand Canyon is one of the largest and most breathtaking natural wonders of the world, and it can be daunting to try to get the whole experience in a single trip. Luckily, there are certain vantage points which give you the best view of this beautiful canyon carved by the Colorado River. Everything from the deep valley at the bottom to the expansive rim, and the overwhelming scale. Here are the best views you should look to take in when you arrive:
The Grandview Point
When it comes to wide, expansive views, the Grandview Point is the best of the best. As the southernmost lookout point on the south rim, this spot sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet, giving a very high vantage point for the landscape. This point is known for its tranquility and stunning views.
When traveling to this viewpoint, know that the trails leading to it can be steep, so use caution particularly during the rainy season or during the winter when there is snow and ice.
Deep in The Kaibab Bridge
At the other end of the scale of views, we have the view from the Kaibab Bridge. This bridge spans across the bottom of the canyon and is wide enough for a few people to pass at once, or for 2 mules to pass side by side. It sits just above the Colorado river itself and makes a trip from rim to rim easier for travelers.
When hiking the inner canyon, this bridge offers a fantastic view of the towering walls as they climb up into the sky. Spending time at the bottom of the canyon offers an entirely different perspective. Anyone who wants to truly appreciate the scale of the canyon must see it from across this bridge.
Another fantastic viewpoint is the Lookout Studio on the southern rim. Originally designed as an art studio, this quaint stone building is surprisingly well lit and offers an amazing vantage point over the expanse of the entire Grand Canyon. This house is situated on the edge of the lip near Bright Angel Lodge. When it was being designed, Mary Colter allowed the natural landscape to flow into the building, creating a native stone structure that incorporates both a chimney and observation room. The view from the house is fully panoramic, and a prime observation point for travelers.
The Desert View Watchtower is another one of the best viewpoints to see on your trip to the Grand Canyon. Built in 1932, it’s a great example of natural architecture blending into the landscape. Standing 70 feet high, the watchtower provides great views of the river itself, as it turns and bends west from the south rim. Mary Colter, the same designer as the Lookout Studio, spent 6 months designing the tower and planning how to build it into the site.
Explore the Grand Canyon with Bold Earth
Visiting the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring experience. From the astonishing views from the rim, to the world class whitewater and the rugged hiking, there’s something for everyone to love when exploring this natural marvel. Interested in discovering the Grand Canyon for yourself? Join us on one of our Bold Earth adventures: Grand Canyon Bold and Grand Canyon Adventure. You can contact us online or give us a call at (303) 526-0806. We look forward to experiencing the Grand Canyon with you!