From Vegas we headed to some national forest land about 10 mins from the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. It was a tight balance of getting enough power from our solar panels and not using too much water but the quiet and the space was awesome!
We fought through the insane parking lot at the visitor center, picked up some Jr Ranger packets and walked down to the rim for the kids first look at the Grand Canyon.
Kellen – camo, Toben – khaki
Like Vegas we visited the park multiple times throughout the week which made it possible to see a few different sections and do some hikes.
Bright Angel Trail
Kellen – blue/yellow, Toben – khaki shorts
Caiden and Rylan contemplating the trails below
Still smiling at the end
South Kaibab Trail – this one had crazy drop offs and was really nerve-racking
We hiked down to Oo Ah Point then turned around and came back up
Kellen – camo pants, Toben – hat
We made it back up to the rim as the sun was setting
Thankfully we never passed a group of mules on our hikes (I just can’t imagine trying to squeeze past them) but we did get to visit a few friendly ones.
Working on Jr Ranger books while waiting for pizza
Out to Desert View to check out the 70 foot watchtower completed in 1932
Inside the watchtower stairs spiraled up several levels to some great views at the top
Several elk sightings near the road on our way back
Temperatures kept dropping through the week so we had a rare campfire
And woke up to snow on our last day
Snowy day = breakfast inside
Logan and the kids went to see the canyon but the day was warming up quickly and there wasn’t too much snow left by the time they got there.