Exploring the Grand Canyon South Rim

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Our exploration only lasted a few hours, so this isn’t “everything you need to know about the Grand Canyon” but simply, our quick DROP IN on our way to somewhere else.

Exploring the Grand Canyon

I had heard from my parents that I had visited the Grand Canyon when I was younger, but I didn’t remember. 

We’ve driven to Northern Utah a few times in the past few years, but the Grand Canyon isn’t much on the way. When we found out we’d be going to my husbands brothers wedding in Southern Utah, I was elated to find out that we could take a SLIGHT detour to hit the Grand Canyon! We stayed in Flagstaff, Arizona the night before, and it was about an hour north to drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from there.


We stopped off at the Visitors Center, walked a few feet, and BAM! There it was….sweeping landscape of amazing-ness.

Grand Canyon picture

Pictures really don’t do it justice. You can’t tell how enormous and deep it is. We read that it is TEN miles from the North Rim to the South rim, but it didn’t seem that far.  I enhanced the color a bit too much, but hey, it looks fun and orange!  My kids (and myself) were in AWE!

checking out the grand canyon for the first time

We walked around to view it the scene from different spots (hubby took this). It was COLD and windy up there (late April)! I think it was about 45 degrees, and us Texas just brought our light jackets.

grand canyon photography

I don’t hesitate to ask strangers to snap a picture of us all, and often offer to take one for them as well. I mentioned in a previous post that my husband got a touch annoyed that we had to do a few different family pics (asking a few different people) because this was the first one:

grand canyon family picture

I found out later that my husbands stomach was doing flips, standing out on this ledge. It was a bit more narrow than our first one, and he has some heights fears (which I don’t recall because we live in FLAT Texas!)

I wasn’t super loving this shot, so we tried for a second time (suggesting a “candid/laughing/chatting” shot) which my hubby was slightly embarrassed by (remember, kind stranger snapping).

First trip to the Grand Canyon

Not bad, but that tree got in the way, I didn’t love the view as much, and we had eyes closed. I could have lived with it, but then I saw the last spot and it was the best SWEEPING view, so had to ask another kind, stranger friend to snap another.  Actually, it was the same kind stranger as the last  one. I took a couple shot for them in both spots, too.Sweeping View of Grand Canyon

#photographerproblems I tell ya!

I was SOOO happy with that last shot. My family was very cooperative, and for that I’m grateful!  If only that pesky railing fence/railing wasn’t in the way.

We walked along a sidewalk trail where the fence ended. Signs suggested staying on the path, but I thought I’d try to get just one sorta close to the edge (but not too close) without the fence. My husband said absolutely not (fear of heights) and because he’s a major rule follower. It was a small sign, and I didn’t want to go THAT close. Everyone else stuck by him, so I had him snap a shot or two of me.

Standing close to the edge at the Grand Canyon

I was SOOOO far from the edge!

I didn’t feel nervous, and I think it was worth it;)

We went for a little car drive to a hiking spot.

Grand Canyon Adventure

We were short on time, and really only walked down for 30 minutes or so, but we can say we hiked a little of the Grand Canyon!

hiking the grand canyon

 Have you been before? I’m really curious to know the difference between the North and South Rim!


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  1. Nicole says:

    I used to live in AZ, and never once when to the Grand Canyon. I am kicking myself for that now! Love the pictures and view. My husband is also afraid of heights, so I can imagine your hubby’s concern with you going close to the edge 🙂

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Well, I’m sure you’ll get another chance to go by! I keep forgetting about his fear of heights, I should be more thoughtful, I suppose!

  2. Stacey says:

    We also visited the south rim and stayed the night there on the way to the slot canyons in Page. http://www.juststaceyj.com/2014/04/07/a-grand-adventure/
    We had a blast and watching the sun come up there rivaled watching the sun come up in the Sahara Desert! Glad you got to see it! Also the picture with your grandpa looks like the falls on Yellowstone (I’m from Wyoming :))

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I was thinking it was Yellowstone after pulling it up! Your Grand Canyon pictures are GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing! You’re a fab photographer! Though I didn’t see any of you there, you need to pass off that camera to someone! And you were up for the sunrise–way to go! The Sahara sounds pretty funny, too;)

  3. Jacqueline says:

    It’s still on my “someday” list! I’d have been right there with your husband, though. Even looking at your picture is enough to make me slightly queasy.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Ha ha! Don’t look too close!

  4. Crystal says:

    What a fun trip!! Beautiful pictures!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you! I love new travel adventures with the fam!

  5. Beautiful photos. Where did you stay while you were at the Grand Canyon? I am planning a trip there and am looking for nice lodging facilities ideas.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      We stayed at a hotel in Flagstaff about an hour away. I did see there was a small town closer by though, can’t remember the name!

  6. Ava says:

    Love the photos! I am pinning this for when we go (who knows when that will be!).

    I had to laugh about you forgetting about your husband’s fear of heights. We just got back from a trip to CA for my niece’s graduation. We went to Disneyland while we were there. I’d been there before some half a dozen times when my family lived there in the 80’s, but my husband and 4yo daughter had never been. My husband wanted to go on Space Mountain and I said, “Yeah, that’s a FUN ride!” My 4yo was tall enough, so we got in line. I kinda forgot that my husband doesn’t like rollercoasters (I love them!), and he was surprised when we saw the ride. Still, he went on it. It was dark, loud, fast, and awesome. Unfortunately, I was the only one who enjoyed the ride. I didn’t know until it was over that my daughter was crying. I feel bad for them, but it was a lot of fun and makes me laugh when I think about it.

  7. Thank you for sharing your grand canyon adventure with your family. My family is planning on visiting the grand canyon this summer and maybe go rafting. I liked how you included pictures in your blog, it’s making my family excited to go see it.


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