We made a right turn and passed into Arizona and suddently the road turned into dirt and rocks. We were in a giant truck and in this moment I was very pleased we’d chosen not to take our little hybrid on this road.
We drove for THREE HOURS at 30mph on this dirt road. The directions we were given said simply to turn left at the schoolhouse. No cell service or GPS to help. I had NO idea what that meant, but we actually came across a tiny white schoolhouse in the middle of nowhere. So we turned left.
Here’s an arial shot of the road from our drone, so you can see how crazy it was! If you look closely towards the center left, you can see our car on the road to know how big it was.
Many, many more miles of dirt road later, we came across a ranger station. He asked if we were going to Toroweap and waved us through. We had a long debate about how the people who lived out in this area got their groceries (does UPS even come out here?!) before pulling into a tiny rocky area. We walked towards the edge and the sight literally took my breath away.
The Colorado River rushing below, the bright red rocks soaring up, and it was quiet. SO quiet. From what I’ve heard from others (this was my first time to the Grand Canyon), most overlooks have guardrails and tons of people. We had no guardrails, no signs, no trails, no other people.
It was truly a surreal experiece and one I won’t ever forget.
We brought some snacks and a little picnic canyonside. It was a much needed rest, because Jeremy basically gave us all a heart attack from moment one, sneaking out closer and closer to the edge.
To even get to the edge, we had to make our way through the brush and cacti and climb all over the rocks. Like I said, there was no path! I was super nervous that we’d see a snake and I’d have a meltdown, but I was lucky and didn’t see any! (Jeremy so wonderfully reminded me that they were there, just hidden between the rocks and now I have chills. Ew.)
I took advantage of our binoculars, and could see rafters and kayakers in the river below. I think it would be SO fun to do a kayaking trip down this river, although I think it takes like 2 weeks and I’m not sure I’m ready for that.
We made the trip with Jeremy’s brother, his wife, and their daughter. We’re staying at their house in St. George, Utah, and luckily they wanted to accompany us out to the Grand Canyon. Their son chose not to go with us and stay home (at 15, you’re just too cool to spend the day with your family), so he majorly missed out.
But probably my favorite part of the entire day was my brother-in-law, who’s afraid of heights, crawling to the edge to take a peek. Jeremy took a video of him scooting towards the edge for a second then scooting backwards and I swear it makes me cry with laughter every time I watch!
As I was putting together this post, I started seeing articles about a possible increase in the fees for 17 national parks, including the Grand Canyon (most of the parts are out west). It’s a possibility the entrace fee will increase for some of the most popular parks in the coming months. From what I’ve heard, the annual pass fee won’t go up, so maybe it’s time to get the pass!