Words cannot describe what it is like to gaze across the canyon, with each viewpoint offering a panoramic sight. But where should you start? Here are 5 must-see photo ops throughout the canyon.
When entering Grand Canyon National Park from the south entrance, Mather Point is one of the first viewpoints and is usually the go-to iconic viewpoint. It's a great introduction to the immensity of the Grand Canyon. The most peaceful time to visit is during sunrise or just before sunset.
Easy to get to, no need for tickets and careful planning. But it does require 15 minutes of hiking in loose sand. There is plenty of parking but to get best spot on the edge arrive early. Do not rush when you are close to the edge. Be mindful of people around you. The rocks on the edge are uneven so be extra careful with your tripod. You will be exposed to elements – bring water and bring extra layers when cold.
For the best south and west views on the North Rim, Cape Royal is a must-see. This viewpoint can be accessed through the Cape Royal Trail or via the scenic route through Cape Royal Drive. Here, you can literally surround yourself with a 300+ degree view of the Grand Canyon.
Also known as Tuweep Overlook, this viewpoint renders a picturesque view of the Colorado River coming down through the canyon. Because it is inaccessible for most, it provides quite the remote, rustic experience. Make sure you have an SUV with sturdy tires to tackle the treacherous roads. There is also no water, gas, food, lodging, or phone service, so be sure to prepare ahead of time.
Havasupai Falls is a paradise of turquoise colored streams and falls nestled away in the western portion of Arizona's Grand Canyon. The water of Havasupai gets its otherworldly color from lime deposits.
Reservations for camping should be made a few months in advance as permits are hard to come by, due to the limits imposed to protect the very fragile nature of the environment.