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bukhrn

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Just for future reference, how long to do Grand Canyon, not just the Chevy Chase head bob,as in the Vacation movie, but I don't want to spend a week, if it only takes 4 days.


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bukhrn wrote:

but I don't want to spend a week, if it only takes 4 days.
Are you on that tight a schedule? I spent 4 days, got worn out hiking.

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Depends on what you want to do. Hike to the bottom. Drive the rim. Stay at bottom. All depends on you.


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Six months would be a good START on seeing everything. Head bobbing can be done in anywhere from several hours to a week.


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Exactly. Just depends on how deeply you want to experience the Canyon. If you intend to do some hiking or the mule ride, plan on at least 4-5 days. If you just want to do some peeks from the rim & take pictures, plan on 2-3 days. You'll probably find you need more film (or memory sticks) than you expected. [emoticon]

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Thanks for the quick responses, not really into long hikes,(more than 3 mi.), but it's sounding like a week to me.

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The hike to the bottom of the Canyon is 7 miles going down and 107 miles back up. A good day hike is on Bright Angle Trail to a view point and rest station half way down.

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While at the Canyon or on the way to it, these are neat places to see as well. Not far from Flagstaff, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and on the same looping hwy, Wupatki National Monument.
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Continue to follow AZ-87 1.5 mi; Turn left at Honani Rd.

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Hi,

If this is your first trip, then perhaps anything from two to three nights will be OK. If you are planning other things, you might also want to consider Monument Valley, Canyon De Chelle, and other places.

Check out the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, going on this week! There will be about 650 hot air balloons taking off all at once!

There are several great places to visit, this also includes Zion Canyon, where you drive through the bottom of the canyon, looking up at the walls.

Canyon De Chelle is steeper than the Grand Canyon, and you can take jeep tours through the bottom of the canyon, or drive to the rim and look down it's steep canyon walls. It is near Monument Valley, where you can camp in the campground overlooking the mittens. They really do look like a pair of mittens because of the shape of the rock formations. If you stay at the indian campground, you can drive your car (but would not take my motorhome into the valley) for free by showing your paid camp fee receipt. Or go to Gouldings, and take a jeep tour in their vehicle, the road is a bit bumpy. Yes I saw rental motorhomes down there.

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We spent one night at each rim. N&S. if you want to hike, etc. then much longer is required. The Donkeys wouldn't carry my weight. [emoticon]
I was actually more impressed with the Goosenecks myself. Yes, you walk up and say Wow, that's something, but I have a limit for admiring rocks.
one sunrise for photos worked for me.
and I also thought that Canyon DeCelly was a better experience, but lets not bring that subject up again. [emoticon]
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