Things to do at Grand Canyon

There are many different activities to do while visiting the Grand Canyon. We have broken them down into sections and locations based on where you plan on visiting while at the Grand Canyon. There is a recommended list for the South Rim, Desert View, North Rim and the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

The new addition to this park is the cell phone audio tours. The advances in technology have allowed you to use your cell phone and take a guided tour through certain parts of Grand Canyon. These Cell Phone Audio Tours can be found at popular sites such as the South Rim. Just look for the “Park Ranger Audio Tour” signs and call the number listed. You will hear roughly a two minute narration on various aspects of the location you are currently at.

South Rim 

Make sure to stop by the Grand Canyon Village found by the South Rim side. It has your Visitor Center, Market Plaza, and the Historic District which are great places to stop before you walk the South Rim. South Rim is open year around which allows you to see the change of seasons at the Grand Canyon.

If you want to escape the crowds found around this particular area of Grand Canyon, take the Greenway Trail to travel from Grand Canyon Village to the Market Plaza. It is a safer route for bicyclists and lets you walk through the beautiful nature of Grand Canyon.

Watch the film, Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, in the theater, found at the visitor center. The movie is 20 minutes long and starts on the hour and the half-hour.

We also recommend any of the scenic drives through Grand Canyon that the visitor center offers a tour of as well. You can also take your own vehicle out on the Grand Canyon scenic road if you do not wish to use the shuttle.

Desert View

Located 25 miles from the Grand Canyon Village, near the eastern edge, is a stunning view on the canyon. If you arrive on a clear day you can see 100 miles out.

The Desert View Watchtower is also another great pit stop on your way through the Grand Canyon. This 70 foot tower was recently renovated in 2010 and offers observation decks on the upper levels. You can also find a bookstore in this location as well if you want to pick up some souvenirs.

Another stop we recommend is the Tusayan Museum and trail. The museum gives you a glimpse of the Pueblo Indian life 800 years ago. The trail also takes you through the Tusayan Ruin as well. It is an easy walk so it is family friendly.

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North Rim

This is the least visited section of the park, but that is only because of the distance away from the other locations. From the South Rim it is about a 5 hour drive. It is only open Mid May through Mid October due to the amount of snow it receives during the winter. It is roughly 8,000 feet in elevation so any physical exercise will become strenuous so please keep that in mind.

You can take the 21 mile hike from the South Rim to the North Rim.

Skywalk 

This, of course, has made our list. This horseshoe shaped skywalk is 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon floor. It is an all glass lookout so you can even see below you. They do not allow you to bring your own cameras, so keep that in mind. They do not want you to accidentally drop it off the lookout and lose it. This attraction will cost you money, so check on pricing before you go to see if it fits your budget. Tours will also depend on the weather as well so we recommend calling to ensure that you can go on the skywalk.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon

You are probably wondering on what there is to do at Bryce Canyon? There are multiple articles out there on things to do and what to see while at Bryce. Our list will be coming from our own staff who frequent the parks, our family and friends, and also our followers as well. And of course, if you have any questions or want further recommendation, please feel free to reach out to us.

While traveling through Bryce Canyon, if you are looking for an easy walk, Mossey Cave Trail is a mile walk that shows you the beauty of the canyon that ends at an alcove covered in moss created by the natural springs seeping through the sandstone. If you are by during the winter, the running water creates a icicles throughout the hike which is also an amazing sight.

Fairyland Loop is another stunning hike that we recommend taking while at Bryce Canyon. It is an 8 mile moderate hike that show you the hoodoos such as the “Chinese Wall” and “Tower Bridge”. Juniper trees can be seen throughout the hike as well and offers a pretty contrast in colors as you walk by. We recommend taking pictures at this sight because it is the most common photo place found at Bryce Canyon.The Hoodoos are one of the popular attractions because of their odd shape. Bryce Canyon is covered with them and we recommend you stop to see them while at Bryce Canyon.

The Rim Trail is also another great easy 1 mile hike that you can take through Sunrise and Sunset point at Bryce Canyon. It is recommended for the best view and experience that you go during the sunrise or sunset. The views are incredible during all times of the day, but the views during this time are prime.

Other things to see while visiting Bryce Canyon are the Navajo/Queen’s Garden Loop, Inspiration Point, Bryce Point, Navajo Trail, and Peek-A-Boo Loop.

Once again, please bring water to stay hydrated during your time at the parks. Even if it is not hot outside, your body still needs water to hydrate as you spend your time enjoying mother nature and her beautiful sights.

We personally love Bryce Canyon and we are confident that if you just take a moment to take it in, that you will see the beauty that Bryce Canyon has to offer its visitors and will fall in love with Bryce too. We always recommend that you go into the Visitor Center and ask the workers their personal favorites as well. They offer great insight as well.

 

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Things to do at Zion

Many of you wonder what is there to do while at Zion National Park. With many different sources and articles, we wanted to come up with our own comprehensive list that will hopefully make traveling easier for you. These recommendations will come from our own staff and from our own emails we received about people’s experiences as well.

Zion National Park has over 150 miles of trails that range anywhere from a casual stroll to a strenuous hike. If you are not a seasoned veteran with the trails, we recommend that you take the Riverside Walk which is a paved 1 mile walk that starts at the top of Zion Canyon and follows the Virgin River to the mouth of the narrows.

Another family friendly hike is the Emerald Pool trail. It starts from across Zion Lodge and takes you to three levels of pools that have small streams and waterfalls for each pool. If you go to the Upper Emerald Pool, it is strenuous, but only for a short amount of time and it is worth the effort.

Weeping rock is another must see on our list for Zion as well. It is a very short walk up to the seeping rock that will be a great photo moment for you partake in.

The all time Zion favorite by staff pick and readers, is Angels Landing. This breath taking view takes you roughly 1,500 feet up and the 360 degree views are incredible of Zion. Disclaimer, this is not an easy hike and it is advised that children do not go on this hike. If you have a fear of heights, it is also not advised that you take this hike. Towards the end of this hike, you reach narrow and steep terrain. The hike is lined with a chains, guard rails and carved steps to help ease the hike. Towards the end of the hike you climb 500 feet and are exposed on both sides where you can look down to the bottom. Please be mindful of other hikers while on this trail since it is such a narrow walkway up to the top. There is no way to pass others so be mindful of those around you.

If Angel’s Landing is not your speed, try Observation Point instead. It is about 2,000 feet high and gives you stunning views of Angels Landing, Echo Canyon, and White Cliffs while offering a 270 degree lookout.

And as always, please bring plenty of water and some snacks with you. Some hikes can be anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours and you want to be prepared for anything.

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Weeping Rock
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Found at Observation Point.
Steep switchbacks called Walters Wiggles ascend the Angels Landing Trail of Zion National Park in Utah.
Steep switchbacks called Walters Wiggles ascend the Angels Landing Trail of Zion National Park in Utah.