[at-l] Grand Canyon

Jim and_or Ginny Owen spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 27 21:07:45 CDT 2010

LA doesn't have a 5000 ft descent/climb.  And it has water.  Stolen water, but still... water.  :-))
btw - when we did a raft trip in 2005, it was 110 in the shade - and 120 in the sun.  In May.  
Great trip, good people - and the river was cold (snow melt).     



From: jplynch at crosslink.net
To: spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com; at-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [at-l] Grand Canyon
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 21:43:50 -0400

110 degrees; pah, a piffle, LA was 113 today!!  Go to the Canyon to cool off!! :)  

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jim and_or Ginny Owen 
To: at-l 
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 9:37 PM
Subject: [at-l] Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is best visited in spring or fall.  Summer is extremely hot (110+ at the bottom of the Canyon) and very crowded (Disneyland crowds).   South Kaibab is a good trail to get to the bottom of the canyon, if you can get a reservation at either Phantom Ranch or the campground.  It's not recommended going down to the river and back in one day.  It's doable, but it's not easy, especially when it's hot.  I think South Kaibab is much more spectacular than Bright Angel Trail (but BA is an easier climb out).  Backcountry reservations can be hard to get without advance notice. 
As others have said, there are a lot of great ways to get to northern Arizona, and lots to do along the way if you have the time to linger a while.  If you want some fun family activiites - spend time in southern Colorado where you can climb peaks, bike jeep roads through the mountains, and raft the rivers.  New Mexico has some great places to visit as well if you are coming from the south:  Carlsbad Caverns is cool in the summer as are the mountains around Albuquerque.  I really enjoyed our visit to Bandelier and Petroglyph National Monument. Northern NM and Northern Arizona are generally fairly cool in summer (except at the bottom of the Canyon).    The Grand Circle of Zion, Bryce, Arches and the Grand Canyon make a fantastic vacation of two weeks or more - but if you go after mid-May it will be very hot and full of tourists.  
That said, the Canyon is gorgeous and worth seeing at least once in your life.  I've been a dozen or so times, and it still awes me.


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