The Grand Canyon is one of those sights everyone should see sometime during their life. Being a confirmed traveler, I knew when I returned to Las Vegas for the second time that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit this amazing natural wonder. Traveling to Grand Canyon in January meant the crowds were gone, and the weather would be cold. I was very fortunate to have clear weather for the whole time I was at the Grand Canyon. The photos I took during this short side trip were (I feel) some of the best I have taken to date. I hope you agree...
January 10, 2000 - Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
I left Las Vegas at 10am in the rental car, heading east (and south east) for the Grand Canyon. A casino on the highway
at Lake Mead was the first brief rest break.
Another quick stop
at Hoover Dam, then a 2 hr haul across
the Detrital Valley desert to Kingman, Arizona. Set my watch one hour forward.
As part of a package deal with my Helicopter Tour
with Papillon Helicopters, I am staying at the
Grand Canyon Squire Inn, an up-scale Best
Western. It is probably one of the best
hotel properties in Tusayen village (1 mile from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon).
There are other good hotels/motels available in this area. I would recommend
staying here, rather than driving for an hour from Williams to get to the Canyon
each day. Accommodation at Grand Canyon Village is limited and expensive, and is
probably not an option for most travelers to this area.
January 11, 2000 - Grand Canyon & Helicopter Tour
I was up early for a full day of experiencing the Grand Canyon. Browse these links for many photos of this spectacular location:
A good alternative to an air tour of the Grand Canyon is the Grand Canyon IMAX theatre, located in the National Geographic Visitor Centre. Low cost, low risk, and you get perfect aerial views 365 days a year. Perfect for those you who are not fond of flying!
January 12, 2000 - Grand Canyon to Las Vegas
There is lots of time to think, as I drive the 6 hour trip back to Las Vegas. In Kingman, I again stopped for lunch at Celine's. Good food, friendly staff, and reasonable prices. The Joshua trees in the Detrital Valley are an interesting contrast to the sagebrush and gravelly sand that is everywhere. People are living in this desolate area - usually in ramshackle trailers in the middle of nowhere.
Nowhere is descriptive of this area. There are no major towns or settlements near the freeway, no scenic detail to look at except the Black Mountains when I get near the Hoover Dam area. Hoover Dam, the Lake Mead Reservoir, and the Colorado River canyon below the dam are all fascinating. The Arizona-Nevada border runs right through Hoover Dam and the reservoir - Arizona intake towers to the east, Nevada intake towers to the west.