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The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular vacation spots in the USA. I’ve seen almost every rim and I can’t say I’ve... [catie’s corner] [pics] Exploring the Grand Canyon in a Jeep!

The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular vacation spots in the USA. I’ve seen almost every rim and I can’t say I’ve found a bad view.

You can visit the north, east, south or west rims. The north rim closes down for winter, but the south rim stays open year-round.

Many people choose to visit the south rim. Here you can find lots of infrastructure, and even a village. A lot of it is also ADA friendly in comparison to other rims.

At the south rim, you can Jeep around to different overlooks and cover a good amount of ground. It is the most popular rim to visit, so take that how you like, but when you see it you understand why it’s such a sought-out location.

If you head up to the east rim, there are lots of places to explore surrounding the Grand Canyon within Navajo Nation. Visiting Monument Valley or Antelope Canyon paired with the Grand Canyon would make an unforgettable trip.

The west rim is closest to Las Vegas, Nevada and boasts the iconic Skywalk, which is a glass floor bridge you can walk on for a unique perspective.

The north rim is a bit less traveled than others and is closed for the colder months. It will take an extra four hours from the south rim to hit the north rim, so plan accordingly. It’s a big place!

As you Jeep around the Grand Canyon, make sure you keep an eye out for wildlife! I saw elk numerous times while I was there. Don’t get too close and disturb them, but wow, are they cool to watch.

Although the surrounding Grand Canyon landscape is more desert-like, the south rim is full of trees, just like Flagstaff, AZ. It almost makes you forget you’re in Arizona! It can get pretty hot and is generally pretty windy at the Grand Canyon so be prepared.

Whether you choose to camp or stay at a local resort or hotel, you’re guaranteed to have a blast. There is lots of hiking, Jeeping and adventuring to be done at the Grand Canyon. You won’t be disappointed!

Catie Mean

Just a girl and her Wrangler roadtripping around the USA and Canada, while building my Jeep along the way. Each week I'll share fun adventures from my corner of the world.

  • Todd J Ockert

    June 28, 2019 #1 Author

    Stopped there last year around Christmas. It was gorgeous with the snow on the ground. It was cold though on the South rim with the wind. Even saw some of the wild life. Great article. Thanks for sharing.


  • Harry Palmer

    June 28, 2019 #2 Author

    Nice article. One of these years I’ll make it to one of the rims to see the Canyon. Never had time to stop in the past. Thanks for the very interesting pictures, especially of the last one! Very challenging tease.


  • Patrick McKay

    July 5, 2019 #3 Author

    Good article, but light on specifics. I’m surprised you didn’t mention how the north rim actually has a lot of 4×4 trails leading out to overlooks that most people never go to.

    Last fall I drove my Jeep out to Point Sublime, over 18 miles of easy to moderate 4×4 trail, and it was an experience of a lifetime. Super remote, and no one else around for miles, yet still in the national park. Got to watch the sunset over the canyon absolutely alone at one of the most fabulous overlooks of the Grand Canyon. I’d absolutely recommend it for any Jeeper, along with the even more remote overlooks in Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument which I hope to check out on a future trip.


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