Using Sedona, Arizona as our base, we headed out to spend the day exploring the Grand Canyon. We went at the end of September so the tourist season was over and things would be more quiet. This photo is from the Airport Road in Sedona at sunrise with the fog creeping out of Oak Creek Canyon into Sedona.
The drive up through Oak Creek Canyon is amazing and has been named as one of the most scenic drives in America. Zane Grey wrote several books based in the area and his “Call of the Canyon” was based in Oak Creek Canyon. You can read more about the history of the area at: http://www.visitsedona.com/article/82
The scenery through Flagstaff changes to more mountainous terrain with pine trees and meadows and be on the lookout for wildlife as you drive. Once you get outside Flagstaff on the north side the land opens up into canyon country.
When we arrived at the entrance of the Grand Canyon by the visitor’s center we were greeted by a group of elk that were hanging out by the water sprinklers. How amazing to get to see these guys close up in the wild, even if they were used to seeing hordes of people! NOTE: I used a zoom lens when taking these – DO NOT get close to the wildlife!
From the visitor’s center we began the stop and go drive along the South Canyon Rim. The views from each lookout are different so it’s worth the time to make the stops. I took tons of pictures so here you go…
Here’s your link for The Grand Canyon Park information: www.nps.gov/grca/
We left the Grand Canyon and headed towards the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation for lunch. There really is nothing else for miles and it’s worth the visit. I enjoyed watching a Navajo woman weaving and she told me a bit about the process. She does expect a tip if you take her photo while weaving. Our lunch was good and of course we had to try the fry bread. It was good, but heavy. The trading post has tons of Navajo and Southwest souvenirs so take some time to browse and shop. www.camerontradingpost.com/
If you’ve ever wondered what the Navajo Reservation looks like, here it is… wide open lands scattered with trailers and small homes. It really makes you appreciate what you have back at home, and also makes you realize that not everyone is so fortunate…
Our last stop was a quick drive through of the Wupatki National Monument, just north of Flagstaff. www.nps.gov/wupa/
That was more than enough for the day, so we headed back to Sedona to rest our weary selves. Next stop, Jerome, Arizona…