West Rim of the Grand Canyon
This past Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 I was in Las Vegas and booked a tour to Grand Canyon West. But because of the partial government shutdown, the Grand Canyon National Parks were not open until this past Saturday, Oct. 12! It so happens that we lucky tourists could go to the Grand Canyon West. This section of the Grand Canyon is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe which is independent of the U.S. National Park system and is located on their Indian reservation.
It was SO COLD there, around the very low 50’s; the day was overcast so I didn’t get great photos! But the place was teeming with busloads of tourists. Some tourists came unprepared for the cold temperature and bought Indian blankets from the gift shop to wrap themselves in! The best thing for me was having a cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream from the snack shop!
A WORD OF CAUTION: The West Rim is the least safest place to photograph the Grand Canyon unless you go directly to the Skywalk to take your pictures! Unlike other Grand Canyon Parks, there are no barriers or hand rails to keep visitors from falling over the edge of the rim and into the canyon!!! HANG ON TO YOUR CHILDREN! I saw SO MANY foolish visitors going too close to the edge, some losing their balance on the rocks, some crawling to get close to pose and take a photo. IT WAS SCARY, INSANITY!!! There are more deaths at Grand Canyon than any of the other 398 national parks in the U.S. When I got home I looked up how many people may have fallen to their deaths from the rim and found a short blog post:
Here are some photos and video of the Grand Canyon West Rim and Skywalk.
Posted on October 14, 2013, in About Me And My Family, America and tagged Eagle Point, Grand Canyon Skywalk, Grand Canyon West Rim, Hualapai Tribe, U.S. National Parks shutdown. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.