Louise Speaks: Day 10: As we left Kanab and headed home, we decided to continue with the canyons and go see the greatest canyon of them all, the Grand Canyon. This is actually the East Rim of the Grand Canyon.
But first on the way out of town heading east there is an old movie location of Gunsmoke TV Town. Since that was one of my favorite TV shows we just had to stop. It is a bit off the main road but on the way. The directions on finding this TV town is easy but the movie location is nothing like I remember. Very similar to Little Hollywood it is a run down movie set and nothing like you would ever remember seeing on any TV show…but it is on our list of quirky things to see, so here we are. It was a very short stop and then we were on the road again.
Leaving Kanab and heading to the Grand Canyon, turns out we are still in the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Mounument. This place is huge. We have now been on three sides of this National Monument and by this time I’m saying, I’m getting pretty tired of looking at rocks. Truth is, the rock formations have been different on all three sides and very interesting to look at.
As we left Page and Lake Powell it was a quick turn off the main road to head to the Grand Canyon. Now we have been to the Grand Canyon before but never to the East Rim. By entering the Grand Canyon thru the East Entrance you end up going along the South Rim and seeing the canyon in all it’s glory. The South Rim is the side that is visited the most and is the most commercialized. The West Rim is the newest attraction of the Grand Canyon and is where the new Skywalk is located. The Skywalk is on the Indian Reservation so has different rules and regulations. The North Rim is the furthest away and the less populated. I have blogged about each side separately so you’ll have to read all the blogs and then you can decide which side is best for you when you plan your trip to the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon East is most often referred to as “Desert View”. Although Desert View is part of the South Rim it has its own entrance and self-contained visitor area that includes Desert View Visitor Center, Market Place, Trading Post, Parking Lot, Restrooms, Restaurant, Ranger Station, Gas Station, Picnic Area and even its own campground.
If you’re the type that prefers a more tranquil visit to the Grand Canyon South Rim without the congestion of large crowds found at Grand Canyon Village, this is the place. Its view points are equally spectacular as those to the west and even easier to get to. Views, particularly from the top of the Historic Watchtower, which is the highest viewpoint at the South Rim are unbelievable. The Desert View Watchtower, which was built in 1932 incorporates Native American art in it’s decor and has one of the few views of the bottom of the Canyon and the Colorado River…and yes you can walk up to the very top.
The Desert View East Rim is the preferred destination if you only have a limited amount of time but yet want to experience the amazing scenic beauty of a world wonder. Of course, you can spend all the time you want and take the Desert View Scenic Drive, which is a 25-mile drive west along the canyon into Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim which is overwhelmingly the most visited portion of the Grand Canyon. For most tourist, this is what we call the South Rim and the biggest tourist attraction. It’s amazing to be able to say I have now seen the Grand Canyon from all sides, and still find every angle amazing.
As we were driving out of the park, through the South Rim, we came across several large Elk that were grazing in the bush. At one point two of them started to fight, and their large rack of horns became entangled. They kept going back and forth, pulling and shoving, but the horns would not unlock. After several minutes, and people and cars stopping all over the place to watch and take pictures, they were still stuck. You can see how close to the road they really are. More were away from the road, but these two really caught our attention. We left and just have to wonder…how do they get untangled?
Well it’s our last night of this journey, so we are staying in Williams where they have the haunted caboose RV park and then heading home in the morning, The past 10 days touring southern Utah has been amazing, Like the other sides of the Grand Canyon, this side gets a rating of an A just like the other sides and Utah is simply a state like no other. I can’t wait to head to northern Utah and see the rest of this wonderful state.