We stayed a second night in Flagstaff,
and then headed out to the West Rim and the Hualapai
on the next day (4/10/07).
Our route west to the West Rim.
We drove to the Hualapai Lodge in the morning, but when we arrived, it
was too early to
check in. So we decided to visit the Canyon Walk that afternoon.
This is an attraction built by the Hualapai Nation, and consists of a
large 'U' shaped
that extends into the Grand Canyon. The floor is
allows you to look straight down into the Canyon.
However, it is not possible to simply drive your car there. One
must purchase a tour package at an arrival station that includes
several stops by tour bus. The first one of which is the Canyon
Walk. One item I failed to mention before is the drive to the
Hualapai nation. That consists of rough sand and rock roads that
are 14 to 32 miles long depending on the route you take. This
area is very rugged, and does not have good/any cell phone
coverage. Also, there is no road side lighting. Driving
this by night is somewhat risky as you could blow out a tire, and have
little assistance to replace it.
The first stop inside the Hualapai Nation is the Canyon Walk. It
is a bridge over the Canyon with a glass floor.
Here they are on their way to the walk. I was too scared to go on
They had a good time, and stayed a good half an hour on the glass
Photo from through the glass floor. The reflection from the
bright sky makes it a little hard to see
the floor of the Canyon. Note the gap between glass panels, and
the red support steel beams.
Peering over the very rim of the Canyon and looking straight down the
sudden drop off. Yikes!
The Canyon Walk is located at Eagle Point. So called because of
rock formation along a ridge facing the walk. Do you see the
The second stop in the Hualapai Nation is Guano
. This proved to be the high point of our trip.
It is a ridge that projects out from the South Rim into the middle of
The view from this location allows you to see from the South Rim, all
the way down to the Colorado
River, and all the way back up to the North Rim. You not only
have the Canyon in front of you, but also
essentially have the Canyon 360 degrees all the way around you.
We had a great time on top of the peak of Guano Point. What a
Initially, Mom did not climb to the top, but when she saw me up there,
decided to do it, and she did not regret it. It was very cool.
The view from the restaurant on Guano Point down to the Canyon Floor.
You can see tiny features that are probably picnic tables waay down the
here for a Google Satellite picture of this location.
From the Hualapai Nation, we traveled back to Flagstaff, where we
stayed one night.
On our last day in Flagstaff, we visited the Lowell Observatory
, where Pluto was
discovered. This is the very telescope that took the images that
Pretty cool for a space nut like me.
From Flagstaff, we then returned to Phoenix, and we took the
opportunity to skate
in a public
. That night we had dinner with my cousin who is
originally from Canada.
We stayed in Phoenix one more day and spent it at the Science Center
, and left the next
one to return home (4/14/07).
We had a great time in Arizona, and will remember the sights for a long
The vacation in Arizona was very enjoyable, and we think the kids will
remember this for a very long time.
The temperature in Phoenix can exceed one hundred degrees in the
summer, but we never had a day over
80F. Mom would often say that it was "cool and nice".
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