It was June (read: HOT!) and our time was limited, so a trip below the rim was not in the cards. Instead, we opted to hit up two overlooks above the canyon. Stop number one was at Bright Angel point. This is, probably, the most visited overlook at the north rim. It’s a short trail (maybe a quarter of a mile round trip) with almost no elevation change. And, it is located right near the Historic Grand Canyon Lodge.
We were there at midday with clear skies, so everything was a bit hazy and blown out, but there is nothing that compares to the grand canyon on this planet. Jessica and I are definitely planning to get back here someday and venture below the rim for a few nights. I’d also like to do a rim-to-rim hike at some point in my life!
After seeing the big ditch from the busiest spot, we headed off on the road to explore a different more secluded overlook: Cape Final. The trail was a mostly flat 2 mi jaunt through pine forest to an overlook on which we got some much needed privacy. The elevation helped keep the air cool and we enjoyed exploring the forest and canyon rim.