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On one of our days in the Grand Canyon, we took a tour that was not the wisest investment we’ve ever made. The van was late picking us up, the guide was nice but lacked common sense, and the tour ended abruptly when an elderly participant cut a gash in his forehead necessitating a trip to the medical center.
Though I had a moment’s vindication when out of all twelve people on the minibus, I alone was able to dial 911 on my Samsung (leaving eleven iPhone users in the dust), we would have been better off using the park shuttles to get to the points we did see on the tour. Live and learn…but we did still spend the day in the wondrous Grand Canyon.
One of the interesting stops on the tour was Yavapai Point. Since we were on a tour we didn’t have to worry about parking…there wasn’t much. Yavapai is the Northernmost point in this part of the South Rim, is closest to the Colorado River and has excellent panoramic views.
Three large canyons converge on the Colorado River here. Directly opposite Yavapai Point is Bright Angel Canyon.
We looked around the visitor center before moving on to the next stop. There is a geological museum inside which includes a topographic relief model of the canyon.
To see my other posts on the Grand Canyon, please click the following links:
- Bright Angel
- Hermit’s Rest
- South Kaibab
- Desert View (Coming Soon)
- Grandview (Coming Soon)
- Western Rim Skywalk (Coming Soon)
- Western Rim Guano Point (Coming Soon)
Designation: National Park
Date designation declared: 1/11/1908
Date of my visit: 8/20/2014